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Obama on CAFTA, Amtrak

Galesburg, IL – Illinois' junior U.S. Senator is not hopeful on the future of Amtrak passenger rail service. In addition, he has not yet decided whether he will support the Central American Free Trade Agreement. Obama says while Democrats are uniformly supportive of Amtrak, they will have to convince some Republicans to join them. He says the GOP has targeted Amtrak as a source of budget savings. On CAFTA, Obama says free trade is ghenerally beneficial as long as it's structured fairly. He believes CAFTA will not have the effect on the US economy that NAFTA did, and that it could help the agricultural sector of the economy. Obama was in Galesburg to receive an honorary degree from Knox College.