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  Kerry Promises Effort to Halt Flow of Jobs Out of the U.S.
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Last EditedEddie  Feb 16, 2004 08:34pm
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News DateMonday, February 16, 2004 06:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionSeeking to cement his position as the front-runner in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, Senator John Kerry crisscrossed Wisconsin on Monday, promising voters he would stanch the flow of jobs overseas.

On the eve of the Wisconsin primary, Mr. Kerry was trying to deflect criticism of his 1993 vote for the North American Free Trade Agreement.

At a town-hall-style meeting in Wausau, a woman told Mr. Kerry that she had lost her job last year. Saying that his views on the trade agreement, Nafta, "are still throwing some red flags in my mind," she asked, "Am I going to have a job?"

Mr. Kerry replied that the problem was not Nafta per se, but rather the Bush administration's failure to press compliance with nonbinding treaties that would raise labor and environmental standards overseas, making American companies more competitive. He pledged a 120-day review of every trade agreement, Nafta included, if elected.
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