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02/24/2008 10:41 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Clinton Trumpeted NAFTA In 2002 DLC Speech

To update my post from earlier today, I wanted to share some more evidence. As Hillary Clinton continues to deny she ever supported NAFTA, more evidence keeps flowing in showing her direct quotes trumpeting the job-killing trade deal. Here's an excerpt of her 2002 speech to the Democratic Leadership Council - a corporate front group that pushed the deal:

"We all know the record of the DLC, the Progressive Policy Institute and, of course, the Clinton-Gore Administration. The economic recovery plan stands first and foremost as a testament to both good ideas and political courage. National service. The Brady Bill. Family Leave. NAFTA. Investment in science and technology. New markets. Charter schools. The Earned Income Tax Credit. The welfare to work partnership. The COPS program. The SAFER program. All of these came out of some very fundamental ideas about what would work. The results speak for themselves. Those ideas were converted into policies programs that literally changed millions of lives and, I argue, changed America."

Yes, this Hillary Clinton praising NAFTA as a successful idea that changed America is the same Hillary Clinton who now claims she never supported NAFTA.

Again, it's one thing if she said she had been for NAFTA and then admitted that was the wrong position. It's an entirely different thing for her to deny that she was ever for NAFTA.