Right wing talking points uploaded by McCain campaign

In response to Barack Obama’s half hour political ad buy on October 29th, the talking point coming out of the McCain campaign is that the only way that Obama could afford it was because he broke his promise on public financing in the general election.

As Rudy Giuliani said on Hannity and Colmes on October 29th,

…I think it’s a testament to his not keeping his word. I mean the reality is he’s spending money because he has broken his word about sticking with the campaign finance limits.

But history is a bit important.

In February 2008 the NY Times reported on the push by McCain to get Obama to agree to public financing of the general election.

Mr. Obama did not rule out the possibility of accepting public financing, but declared on Friday, “I’m not the nominee yet.”

“If I am the nominee, I will make sure our people talk to John McCain’s people to find out if we are willing to abide by the same rules and regulations with respect to the general election going forward,” Mr. Obama told reporters at a news conference in Milwaukee. “It would be presumptuous of me to start saying now that I am locking into something when I don’t even know if the other side will agree to it.”

Last year, Mr. Obama sought an advisory ruling with the Federal Election Commission to see whether the campaign could opt out of public financing in the primary and accept it in the general election. It was merely an inquiry, he said, not a pledge to accept the financing.

If he wins the Democratic nominating fight with Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, Mr. Obama said, “my folks will sit down and see if we can arrive at a common set of ground rules.”

Nowhere did I find anything that said Obama would take public financing.  Now the case can be made that he went back on his word to the McCain campaign, not the American public…well unless McCain now equates himself as the American public, to sit down and try to agree to some rules.

But thinking about candidate going back on their words related to public financing it interesting to contrast the two candidates.

Obama said he would meet with his opposing candidate to try to seek an agreement between both campaigns before committing to taking public financing in the general election.

McCain took public financing in the primary season when his campaign was cashed starved.  Apparently that acceptance of public financing allowed him to secure loans to continue the primary campaign.  After doing well on Super Tuesday, he informed the FEC that he would withdraw from public financing.  Before getting an okay from the FEC, they did not have enough members for a quorom to rule on his decision to withdraw, McCain spent past the public financing limits that he agreed to.  You can read more about this in my previous post.

In terms of breaking their words, Obama apparently didn’t meet with his opponent, while McCain entered into public financing, then withdrew, then spent past the limits, during the primary season.

In terms of the severity of going back on his words McCain’s looks worse than Obama’s in my eyes.  I would even encourage the Obama campaign to make this counter point to McCain’s talking points!

-Josh

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1 Comment

  1. October 30, 2008 at 6:57 pm

    […] Right wing talking points uploaded by McCain campaign In response to Barack Obama’s half hour political ad buy on October 29th, the talking point coming out of the McCain campaign is that the only way that Obama could afford it was because he broke his promise on public financing in the general election. As Rudy Giuliani said on Hannity and Colmes on October 29th, …I think it’s a testament to his not keeping his word. I mean the reality is he’s spending money because he has broken his word about sticking with the campaign finance limits. […]


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