Thursday, June 19, 2008

Barack Hussein Obama: That Was Not The Barack Obama I Knew

Barack Hussein Obama has decided to distance himself from the Barack Hussein Obama who promised to accept public financing for his presidential campaign.

In an e-mail message, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said the decision means that his campaign will forgo more than $80 million in public funds.

In exchange for taking public funds, candidates usually agree to a cap on the amount of money they can spend on their campaigns.

"It's not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections," Obama wrote. "But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who've become masters at gaming this broken system."

Obama repeatedly broke campaign fundraising records during the Democratic primary season. Since January 2007, he has raised more than $272 million.

Sen. John McCain, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, raised less than half that amount, roughly $100 million, over the same period.

Obama's advisers argue that the Illinois Democrat has set up a "parallel" public fundraising system by soliciting small donations over the Internet.

Two months ago, McCain criticized Obama for appearing to backtrack from a previous commitment to accept public financing for his presidential campaign.

Steve Schmidt, a senior McCain adviser, called Obama's decision to opt out of public financing "a broken promise of staggering dimensions."

Of course, what's broken about the campaign finance system is that Barack Hussein Obama has shown that he can raise a lot more than $80 million.

More here.

Key phrase: His broken promise: “I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election.”

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Blogger Richard said...

Obama: "I will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee..."

He pursued it. They didn't agree. That's not a "broken promise."

Now to get more on topic, why don't you tell the readers everything you know about the current system of public fundraising for presidential candidates that you apparently know. I am interested to hear about that. I want to know everything I can that will affect my vote. Please add to your blog, or write another one, giving a full description of this system - and why it is good/bad for Obama to bail on it and good/bad for McCain to stay in it. Thank you.

9:44 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Obama did not have to "aggressively pursue" an agreement, because McCain agreed long ago to accept public financing. What Obama finds wrong with accepting public funds is that he has shown that he can raise and spend far more money than public financing would allow.

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Ted Baehr said...

America has done very, very well without a President who seeks "agreements". What the USA needs is a President who tells America's enemies how it's going to be.

"Hamas, surrender our we'll cluster-bomb your hovels to rubble. Hezbollah, give over your weapons and territory to Israel or the next bulldozer that flattens Palestinian houses will be draped in an American flag! Iran, keep up the funny business and you'll be first to test the best-before labels on our nuclear arsenal!"

That's the kind of President that John McCain will be. Strong, wise, decisive, and with America's future close to his heart.

McCain 2008!!

1:50 PM  

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