Bill Clinton Tells 'Paranoid Hecklers' that Bilderberg Didn't Influence NAFTA Deal
David Edwards and John Byrne / Raw Story | March 12, 2008
Campaigning for his wife in Erie, Pennsylvania, Bill Clinton returned fire at a heckler who began shouting about the former president's attendance at a 1991 invitation-only conference of wealthy powerbrokers -- "1991 Bilderberg" -- implying that discussion there led to unfair trade policy such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
As the audience booed, Clinton replied: Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait This is the deal folks. All these folks that are paranoid at the world folks, come and scream at me everywhere. You said you would go if I answered the question, right? You said you would go if I answered the question "
"All right, heres the answer. I happened to be in Europe then on my way to Russia I was invited to go to Bilderberg by Vernon Jordan, a friend of mine and a genuine hero of the civil rights movement. And to the best of my knowledge NAFTA was not discussed by anybody in my presence. I happened to be on my way to Europe where people do not give a rip about NAFTA.
"Number two, okay. Number two. I tried to get labor and environmental standards in the agreement but I couldnt because it was all negotiated when I got there.
"Number three. When I was president, we enforced our trade laws five times as much as the Bush Administration did Family incomes went up $7,500 a year when I was president, theyre down $1,000 now. So I was not I had a very good time talking to those Europeans about European affairs and what was going to happen to Russia but I was not somehow polluted by it into sacrificing Americas economic interests. America did a lot better when I was president than they did in this decade. And thats the truth. Now. Goodbye. Thank you." http://www.jonesreport.com/article/03_08/13clinton_bilderberg.html