How Are Those Flip Flops, Obama?
No, not the ones on your feet, the ones on your campaign promises.
In November 2007, Obama answered "Yes" to Common Cause when asked "If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?"
Obama wrote: "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. My proposal followed announcements by some presidential candidates that they would forgo public financing so they could raise unlimited funds in the general election. The Federal Election Commission ruled the proposal legal, and Senator John McCain (R-AZ) 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."
But, now, he's decided to forego public financing.
So, just like he claimed that he did not accept PAC and lobbyist money, the truth is that he did.
Obama won’t accept public financing
By Sam Youngman
06/19/08 08:46 AM [ET]
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) announced Thursday morning that he will not accept public financing for the general election, a move that will give him a major advantage over Republican standard-bearer Sen. John McCain (Ariz.).
Now, he claimed that he'd accept only public money for his campaign, when the truth is that he will not.
Not real big on your promises, eh, Barack?
I guess it depends on what your definition of "aggressive" is.