Monday, August 25, 2008

Hulshof Camp Says Nixon Is Hypocritical on Trade


Kenny Hulshof's campaign for Governor is responding to Jay Nixon's latest television advertisement with the "flip-flop" charge on the issue of free trade.

In the 30-second ad running now, Nixon criticizes Hulshof for voting for "unfair trade deals."
Hulshof voted for CAFTA in 2005, a trade agreement with Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic. Democrats argued these types of agreements hurt American jobs by giving companies better opportunities to move offshore for cheaper labor.

In the ad, Nixon doesn't specifically mention NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement), but on Monday that's how the Hulshof camp decided to respond.
"In his most recent television ad, Nixon criticizes Kenny Hulshof for supporting free trade agreements. However, in a 1998 Vote Smart survey, Nixon said he favored one of the largest free trade agreements in history - the North American Free Trade Agreement," reads the Hulshof release.

"Jay Nixon’s memory can’t be that faulty," said Hulshof spokesperson Scott Baker. "Clearly he is trying to mislead Missourians about his own record and is willing to say anything to get it done."
Baker said that Hulshof is the most qualified candidate to "strengthen Missouri's job climate," and charged that Nixon "has said that his priority is to increase the ranks of labor unions."

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