Bill Clinton: Remarks on Signing the North American Free Trade Agreement

(1993)

Bill Clinton assumed the presidency in 1992 promising change and renewal to a recession-wracked nation just entering the post–cold war era. As the economy recovered while tensions in the former Soviet Union and elsewhere exploded into violence, Clinton sought to garner support for often controversial policy decisions through the message of positive change. His Remarks on Signing the North American Free Trade Agreement were delivered at the ceremony in which he signed the landmark treaty to remove trade barriers between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. President George H. W. Bush had negotiated NAFTA, and Clinton had supported the agreement during his presidential campaign. Many Americans opposed the treaty, fearing that it would cost the nation jobs. In his remarks Clinton underscores NAFTA’s potential to spur economic growth and create jobs.

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