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Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Smilin' Norm: The CAFTA shuffle

Posted by: Hammer / 7:59 AM

Smilin' Norm Coleman is a self-described pro-trade guy. He's also a member of the CAFTA Action Caucus, which opposes CAFTA, the Central American Free Trade Agreement, which is dedicated to opposing "a flawed and dangerous trade agreement".

That said, Smilin' Norm supports CAFTA, with certain, unspecified amendments: "I want to see CAFTA passed. I want it to pass. But it’s got to be fixed."

Not that that means Smilin' Norm wants CAFTA to pass, according to a spokesman: "The senator has not taken a position on whether or not he will vote for or against CAFTA".

Fast forward to May and Coleman was still uncommitted. He wasn't particularly concerned about sugar imports -- but he thought the deal might set a dangerous precedent.

As of yesterday, Coleman still couldn't decide. Now, however, he is concerned about sugar producers: I've got folks who their economic future is as tied to this as any of the poor folks living in Central America." Apparently, the fair traders and sugar producers aren't "myopic" anymore.


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