Write 8 pages thesis on the topic clintons efforts to pass nafta through congress. The goal of NAFTA was to remove the barriers between the United States, Canada and Mexico related to trade and investments. NAFTA shaped the largest free trade area in the world and it has helped to maintain the relations between the neighboring countries of the United States. NAFTA links 450 million people producing goods and services which are of huge worth. The proposal for NAFTA was made by President George Bush in 1992. However, it was not implemented before 1994. Bush campaign believed that before Congress could approve NAFTA, there was a possibility of division of the Democratic Party. Hence, NAFTA got delayed until Bill Clinton took an interest in the ongoing debate.
In 1992, the presidential campaign of the United States introduced NAFTA in its debate. The reason behind the agreement was to achieve appropriate poll ratings because Bill Clinton had a greater possibility to win the election in the coming year. The trend grew towards Clinton because interest groups like environmentalists and organized labor knew that they would be able to demand more concessions from a Democrat. The United States Congress postponed the considerations of NAFTA until the next elections were over. Hence the candidates of the presidential elections were forced to take a stand on free trading. President George Bush in August 1992 wanted to have the NAFTA deal done so that he could sell good news to the country which he thought might help his re-election bid during the economic slump which made him vulnerable to criticism against the domestic affairs he neglected in past. On the other hand, candidate Bill Clinton wanted to craft himself as a New Democrat. Though it was revealed that initiation of NAFTA would require huge expenditures and the United States trade affairs were already suffering from huge losses (Yergin & Stainslaw, 2002). Bill Clinton had to be strong enough to take over the agreement and make himself ready to fight against the challenges that were likely to come in front of him because of the NAFTA. Before the elections, Clinton .also .announced that he would include additional agreements in the NAFTA that could protect the environment and labor interests.