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Leaders Defend NAFTA Policies at Trade Summit

President Bush criticized the Democratic presidential candidates Tuesday for vowing to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement at a trade summit with Canadian and Mexican leaders in New Orleans. A reporter considers the prospects for trade negotiations.

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    Now, a look at the North American talks under way among the U.S., Mexico, and Canada. Ray Suarez has the story.


    At the New Orleans summit, President Bush, along with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Mexican President Felipe Calderon, warned against rolling back the North American Free Trade Agreement.

    NAFTA has been an issue on the American presidential campaign trail, blamed for job losses in the U.S.

    For more, I'm joined by Michael Abramowitz, who covered the meeting for the Washington Post.

    And, Michael, what were the main agenda items for this North American summit?

  • MICHAEL ABRAMOWITZ, Washington Post:

    Well, there were several main agenda items, Ray. One was the border security. Another was immigration. But the big one, as you suggest, was trade.

    The summit took place amidst what one could call a certain protectionist sentiment that's being voiced on the Democratic presidential trail. And there was a lot of attention paid to trade here in New Orleans.

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