ABC's Sunlen Miller and Z. Byron Wolf Report: During a town hall meeting in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Obama was asked about the “North American Union.”
The NAU is a theoretical governmental union merging the United States, Mexico and Canada that some conspiracy theorists and Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul have used as a rallying cry.
Obama responded that he sees no evidence of a cabal in forming this union.
“I see no evidence of this actually taking place," he said. "I think this is something that has been ginned up on certain blogs on the internet,” and mentioned Congressman Paul buying into the theory.
Obama said a lot of the speculation that these three countries were forming an European Union-like partnership was due to a highway being built in Texas that would make it easier to facilitate more transportation between Mexico, the United States and Canada.
Congressman Ron Paul said during the CNN/You Tube debate in November that, "there is a move on toward a North American Union, just like early on there was a move on for a European Union, and eventually ended up. So we had NAFTA and moving toward a NAFTA highway. These are real things. It's not somebody made these up. It's not a conspiracy."
"There’s no evidence that that’s taking place,” Obama repeated again and then reiterated his opposition to NAFTA.
“NAFTA helped to break down barriers on trade between those two countries and I was opposed to NAFTA because I thought it didn’t have the labor and environmental and safety standards that would look out for US workers. But I don’t think there’s some conspiracy to create this one you know, continental government between Canada and Mexico,” said the Illinois senator.
Obama was also asked by the same questioner what his status is with the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan foreign policy group which has also been targeted for similar reasons by conspiracy theorists.
“I don’t know if I’m an official member. I’ve spoken there before, it basically is a forum where people talk about foreign policy, and so there’s no official membership,” Obama respond, “I don’t have a card or a special handshake or anything like that."