February 27th, 2008
08:23 AM ET
15 years ago

Ohio's Sherrod Brown satisfied with NAFTA answers

CLEVELAND, Ohio (CNN) - Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown, an avowed economic progressive who also happens to be an uncommitted superdelegate from a very important state, said he was pleased with both candidate's answers on NAFTA during Tuesday's debate.

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were asked if, as president, they would opt out of NAFTA in six months. Both candidates said they supported restructuring NAFTA and would use the threat of opting out of the agreement as a negotiating tool.

"They said it exactly right," Brown told CNN. "I want trade and more of it. I want it under different rules."

Brown voiced loud opposition to NAFTA during his 2006 Senate campaign, in which he unseated GOP incumbent Mike DeWine.

"If we say we want a different NAFTA," Brown continued, "they will negotiate, always with the threat of opting out if they don't, and that's exactly the right position. And I was thrilled, because I have not heard either of them specifically say that and they answered the question directly."

Brown said he is not planning to endorse either Democratic candidate.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton • Ohio
soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Vote for Hillary

    Obama could not answer the questions on NAFTA. He was a copy cat!
    Where are your answers and words?

    February 27, 2008 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. Steve

    Wow there are alot of Hillary supporters making it through moderation. Not many Obama supporters.

    February 27, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  3. Ellie Carter

    I agree with Janet NH

    – Hillary has really lost all composure while trying to make her case. She came off very hard, moody, raveled and ranting. Not a good quality in a potential President. It doesn't matter what your career or experience is, if you can't behave and compose yourself during a simple debate, how are you going to run a country in turmoil? How are you going to lead a country if you come across as very unstable in your mannerism?

    NOT GOOD at all.

    February 27, 2008 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  4. Think before you ink

    Obama supporters should be ashamed of themselves who are blind folded. Hilary answered all the questions. It is really shame on Obama who is spoiling her records. She is committed and cares a lot for American people that includes Children and disabled. Hilary kind of people for president is very hard to find. Vote for Hilary she is honest unlike Obama. Obama he is s ditto guy. Hilary knows much more than him.

    GO Hilary 2008 and 2012!!!!

    February 27, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  5. Jeff

    Renegotiate NAFTA + Universal Health Care + Foreclosure Relief +

    February 27, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Nadia, LA

    Barack is smart. He didn't want to get into a knock down, drag out fight with Hillary. She is losing, why should he? So he agreed with her on minor points, big deal. Finally she will be out of the way and voters can concentrate on the real issues. Not who goes first in a debate that she nagged the Barack camp to have.

    Tick tock already...she's done.

    February 27, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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