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McCain Goes North, Canada Wishes He’d Go South!

Senator John McCain is in Ottawa this weekend to give a speech before a conservative business group in which he undoubtedly will blast NAFTA and claim to be on the side of American workers. There will be no meeting with Prime Minister Harper who is not thrilled with having the American politician anywhere near him given the strong support for Barack Obama that polls reveal in Canada. Harper is still embarrassed over the leaked memo which supposedly claimed Obama was speaking out of both sides of his mouth about NAFTA. Senator McCain will give a presentation to Canadian businessmen who, most probably, do not agree with his views on Iraq or Afghanistan, but will politely listen.

John McCain insists he is against NAFTA although there is no record of his opposition to the idea when it was successfully passed a Republican controlled congress in the 1990s. He has strongly supported George Bush economic ideas such as reducing taxes for the wealthy, but the senator seeks to come across as a friend of the worker. McCain opposes national health insurance, extending unemployment benefits for the unemployed, additional aid for child care, but as far as the man from the west is concerned, supporting interests of the wealthy is what workers in America desire.

Prime Minister Harper would just like the Republican candidate to get out of his country and quit reminding Canadians that his government helped the Republicans this past spring. This is not a springime for McCain in Canada.

It’s Tuesday– Are You Voting In Texas And Ohio?

Even as these words are being read, voters are in polling booths all over the states of Ohio and Texas helping to decide the future Democratic candidate for president. Senator Hillary Clinton has been blasting away at Senator Barack Obama for several weeks insisting he lacks experience and is a double dealing politician. She has picked up on reports that an Obama aide let Canadian officials know campaign rhetoric was one thing, but, in the end, Obama would support basic principles of free trade. Both candidates have been scrapping over NAFTA which for many people in Ohio has been a source of losing jobs. To complicate the situation today in Ohio, a major snow storm will hamper efforts to vote.

On one hand, Senator Hillary Clinton insists she has experience since she worked closely with her husband when he was president. On the other hand, President Clinton helped push NAFTA through Congress. Senator Clinton insists she is on the side of those opposing NAFTA. There apparently is also a belief gap on this issue stemming as much from Clinton as for Obama.

The central issue to be decided today is whether Senator Clinton continues her campaign untl the bitter end of the convention. Many leaders of the Democratic party will be furious if she pursues this quest, particularly if the votes simply are not there for her. Governor Richardson spoke for many in saying whoever emerges today with the most delegates should be supported for the nomination. Unfortunately, for Clinton, a narrow victory margin will not suffice to overcome the delegate lead of Obama.

The Ides of March are upon us and Senator Clinton should avoid murdering chances for a Democratic victory in November. Her husband did enough to aid Republicans in 2000 by his pursuit of females and hopefully the future will not be casting blame on Hillary Clinton for not knowning when to stop.

P.S. Vermont will probably go for Obama and Rhode Island for Clinton.