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Although Barack Obama pretends to be above the “politics of the past,” he continues to lie to voters about Hillary Clinton’s universal health care proposal and her position on NAFTA. On Saturday Hillary angrily confronted the Obama campaign during a press conference in Cincinnati. 

“Enough with the speeches and the big rallies and then using tactics right out of Karl Rove’s playbook. This is wrong, and every Democrat should be outraged,” she said.

Hillary’s campaign had this to say about the latest Obama distortions:

The Obama campaign is distributing two dishonest mailers in Ohio. The first mailer falsely claims that Hillary said NAFTA was a “boon” to the economy. Hillary never said that. The Obama campaign is basing the quote on a 2006 Newsday article that characterized her views this way without any substantiation. In fact, Newsday recently said that the Obama campaign’s use of their article was “misleading.” The Politico called the Obama campaign’s use of the quote “bogus.

The second mailer from the Obama campaign mimics Harry and Louise ads that the health care industry used to scare people into opposing universal health care. The ad claims “Hillary’s health care plan forces everyone to buy insurance, even if you can’t afford it.”

Here are the facts:

Sen. Obama fails to mention Hillary’s plan cuts costs just as aggressively as Sen. Obama, if not more so.

Hillary’s plan contains more generous subsidiesthan the Obama plan. Noted health expert Ken Thorpe of Emory University concluded that under the Hillary plan, everyone will be able to afford coverage.

The Obama plan leaves 15 million people out, which drives up costs because everyone else ends up subsidizing their emergency care.

Paul Krugman called the mailer “ugly” and “destructive.

For reports about Hillary’s press conference, see the CNN story here, and the LA Times article here.

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