February 25th, 2008
09:00 AM ET
15 years ago

Clinton, Obama go at it over trade

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/POLITICS/02/25/clinton.obama/art.obama.ohio.gi.jpg caption=" Obama described Clinton's anger as "tactical" and defended his campaign."](CNN) - Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton exchanged sharps words over trade as they campaigned before Ohio's crucial primary.

The economy and jobs are top issues for Ohio voters, and the rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination have blamed trade agreements for the loss of manufacturing jobs.

Since 2000, the state's seen nearly a 25 percent decline in manufacturing employment, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor statistics.

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soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. K. Street,Washington

    Paying someone 25 cents an hour for labor compared to minimum wage here will never be a level playing field.I just hope the Pro-NAFTA people get a taste at losing their jobs from it someday.

    February 25, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. gene

    The only thing lacking in the trade agreement is "fair labor standards", add those, it stops the job lose and contrary to a lot of hogwash you read on this subject, we still want to sell overseas as that also creates jobs here at home. Please stop trying to make him a saint. He voted for the Peru trade agreement. If he did not like the agreement, maybe he should have voted "present", oh, I don't think we can do that in the U.S.Senate.

    February 25, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. Chanda

    Does anyone hear the emptiness in Obama!!!!! All I heard at the debate was I will debate that anytime!!! I heard it over and over. What a better time to debate than at the debate!!!!!! the only time he has good answers is when his speech writters have written a speech for him!!! He needs to have ideas on what to do to fix things not just talk them to death!!!!!!!! I hear empty promises with no real ideas."I will be happy to have that debate" Obama you were at the Debate why did you not debate it?????? America wake up before its to late!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
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