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Campaign 2008

The Candidates and the World

Quote of the Day

by campaign2008 Monday, March 31, 2008

clinton_large.jpg“I spoke out against it starting in 1992 — the president made a different decision. I think now with 14 years of experience under our belt, we can see that in some parts of our country there have been, perhaps, some economic advantages, but in other parts of our country, like where we are right here in northwest Indiana, it hasn’t worked as it was promised, and therefore I think we need to renegotiate it.”

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Morning Update: Stabilizing Iraq

by campaign2008 Monday, March 31, 2008

Zbigniew Brzezinski, a foreign policy adviser to Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) campaign, wrote in a Washington Post op-ed Sunday that a “sensibly conducted disengagement will actually make Iraq more stable over the long term.” He also called for engagement with Iran and said the United States should push Israelis and Palestinians to “start making the mutual concessions without which a historic compromise cannot be achieved.”

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Quote of the Day

by campaign2008 Friday, March 28, 2008

“It is imperative that our new President knows how and when to use force and diplomacy judiciously, to know how to deploy the olive branch and the arrow. The President needs to be ready to act swiftly and decisively in a crisis. And we think our next President must restore our moral authority and leadership around the world with the courage to meet with our adversaries when appropriate, and the wisdom to pursue diplomacy wisely.”

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Quote of the Day

by campaign2008 Thursday, March 27, 2008

“Our trade mentality dates back to the ’60s and the early ’70s when we were so dominant in the worlobama_large.jpgd economy that basically if people sent their goods into this country without reciprocity, it wasn’t really going to have a dent on our economy. Well, the fact is China, Brazil, Korea, you know, they’re not your dad’s China, Brazil or Korea. They are now major competitors of ours. We should want real trade with them, but it’s got to be on a reciprocal basis. And we should put some pressure on them to improve how they treat workers, to deal with issues of environmental standards, to deal with safety standards. And part of the problem that we’ve got right now in our trade agreements is that US companies may move over there, get out from under basic safety standards that are important to US consumers, then the goods get shipped back into the United States and suddenly we’ve got toys with lead paint on them.”

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Morning Update: Debating Taiwan

by campaign2008 Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) released a statement Monday congratulating Taiwanese President-elect Ma Ying-Jeou and calling on China to “reduce the military threat to Taiwan by drawing back the missiles it has deployed in southeast China and by other security confidence-building measures.” He also said the United States should “reopen blocked channels of communication with Taiwan officials.”

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Quote of the Day

by campaign2008 Monday, March 24, 2008

“The 21st century American economy is more complex and more interconnected witclinton_large.jpgh the global economy than ever before. It is shaped each day by billions and billions of individual transactions and interactions on every continent, subject to crises or even just speculation in one country can move markets in dozens of others with the blink of an eye or a flick of a mouse. In today’s economy, trouble that starts on Wall Street often ends up on Main Street, sometimes within minutes, sometimes over the course of months or even years.”

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