Posted by: iam0nly1 | June 19, 2008

Obama Breaks Public Financing Pledge, Accuses McCain

This was Obama in 2007 in a written questionnaire:

“In February 2007, I proposed a novel way to preserve the strength of the public financing system in the 2008 election. My plan requires both major party candidates to agree on a fundraising truce, return excess money from donors, and stay within the public financing system for the general election….Senator John McCain..has already pledged to accept this fundraising pledge. If I am the Democratic nominee, I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”

This is Obama now:

“We’ve made the decision not to participate in the public financing system for the general election,” Obama says in the video, blaming it on the need to combat Republicans, saying “we face opponents who’ve become masters at gaming this broken system. John McCain’s campaign and the Republican National Committee are fueled by contributions from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. And we’ve already seen that he’s not going to stop the smears and attacks from his allies running so-called 527 groups, who will spend millions and millions of dollars in unlimited donations.”

This flip flop makes Senator Obama the first candidate of a major party to decline public financing, and the spending limits included, since the installation of the system in 1976, post Watergate scandals. McCain, taking the high road and adhering to his pledge, confirmed today that he would be accepting public financing. 

With a flip flop this big, someone else has to take the fall, and who better than Obama’s political opponent, John McCain. 

Mr. Obama had pledged to meet with Mr. McCain following the primaries to attempt to work out an agreement on financing. That meeting never took place, aides to Mr. Obama said, because a meeting between lawyers for the two sides was not fruitful. “It became clear to me that there wasn’t any basis for future discussion,” said Robert Bauer, the general counsel for Mr. Obama’s campaign.

But the McCain campaign is not going to take this lying down. Jake Tapper at ABC has the scoop:

Potter says this account is not factual “This is not true!” Potter says in an email. “I met with Bob Bauer on a different subject…about 10 days ago. During that meeting, he asked what Sen. McCain’s position was on public general election funding, and I said we were for it, and hoped Sen. Obama would participate as well. There was absolutely NO discussion of ‘negotiations’ about participating—the word was never mentioned. What was odd is that Bob Bauer then made the argument to me that neither candidate needed public funding—that Sen. McCain could raise as much for the general election as Sen. Obama ‘within $5 or 10 million.’ I responded that Sen. McCain believed in the general election public funding system, and thought it was good for the country.

“So—no discussion of’ ‘negotiations’ and no rejection of negotiations—only a clear statement by me that Sen. McCain hoped both candidates would participate in the system. If they wanted to ‘negotiate,’ they NEVER mentioned it to me…”

If Obama thought he was going to pull one over on the McCain campaign, blame them for it, and not be called out, he was horribly mistaken. He’s given McCain a very large stick to beat him with

“Senator Obama’s reversal on public financing is one of a number of reversals that he has taken,” Mr. McCain said in Columbus Junction, Iowa, where he had been touring the floods. “I’m especially disturbed by this decision of Senator Obama’s because he signed his name on a piece of paper, signed his name.”

“This election is about a lot of things but it’s also about trust,” he said. “It’s also about whether you can take people’s word.”

Now McCain holds the mantle of running a campaign of the people.

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  1. […] budsimmons wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThis flip flop makes Senator Obama the first candidate of a major party to decline public financing, and the spending limits included, since the installation of the system in 1976, post Watergate scandals. McCain, taking the high road … Read the rest of this great post here […]


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