'Desire to renegotiate NAFTA would jeopardize Canadian army support'

Republican John McCain said Friday that proposals by Democratic presidential rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement would jeopardize crucial military support from Canada. McCain emphasized his support for NAFTA during a town-hall style meeting at Dell Inc. headquarters in Round Rock, Texas. The effects of the 1994 trade pact are still hotly debated, but studies indicate the deal has resulted in record exports from Texas to Canada and Mexico. Trade and national security are "interconnected with each other," the Arizona senator said.