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Obama decides to decline public financing

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Heisenberg, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/06/19/obama.public.financing/index.html

    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. Barack Obama told supporters Thursday that he has decided not to accept public financing for his general election 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."

    "Obama's candidacy is based on words, and it seems like every day that passes, those words look emptier and emptier when judged against his actions," Schmidt said.
  2. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    Not a surprise. He'd be stupid not to use his greatest advantage.
  3. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    Obama's former pledge... decide for yourself if he is flip-flopping here.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0208/A_pledge_or_an_option.html
  4. Heisenberg

    Heisenberg Pow! Pow!

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    Oh he's definitely flip-flopping and once you began to see the money he was raising just through donations, you knew he was going to opt to go that route.
  5. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    So now that he's raising tons of money, the "system is broken" but back when he didn't think he'd be able to raise this much, he was willing to take a bold step to reduce the impact of money on elections?

    CHANGE! :D
  6. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    That's real big of him....seeing that he has raised astounding sums already through the internet.

    I promise you this---if he really needed the money he would use public funds.
  7. ninja

    ninja Numbnuts

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    He's a liar, plain and simple. I heard he is also saying that NAFTA ain't all that bad now. Anything to get elected. And his advisers have already said the troops in Iraq will probably be there into 2012, a gradual pullout. Obama knows he got the left wingers in his back pocket. They bought into his empty primary promises. Now he is making more empty promises to get the independents.
  8. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    I could care less whether he takes it or not...whether he's flip flopped or not.

    Like he would be the first politician to change his mind on something...in order to benefit himself and get elected.
    :rolleyes:

    Do whatever you have to do to win Obama!
  9. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    You are correct there. He's just like your typical politician... will do and say anything to get elected.


    CHANGE!
  10. Bonecrusher#31

    Bonecrusher#31 Active Member

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    My ****** meter needle just broke from stress..........
  11. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    You have to get elected first...before you can make CHANGE!

    Otherwise McCain wouldn't be for The Bush tax cuts now that he voted against before.

    Or he wouldn't be for Offshore drilling now that he was against before.

    I would put Obama changing his mind on taking public funding far below those two things when it comes to talking about flip flopping.
  12. Danny White

    Danny White Winter is Coming

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    That's the best comeback since George Costanza's "jerk store." :lmao2:
  13. zrinkill

    zrinkill Diamond surrounded by trash

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    :muttley:
  14. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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  15. ConcordCowboy

    ConcordCowboy Mr. Buckeye

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    Bringing change to Washington once you get there is very different than changing your mind about something.

    I know this is hard for some people to grasp...BUT there are people who do actually change their minds about some things once in awhile.

    It's not always a bad thing. :p:
  16. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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  17. irvin88

    irvin88 Active Member

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    Barack Obama is an empty suit with NO NEW Ideas. All his ideas r 1972 George McGovern. He wants 2 tax us to death and hand us back the money how he feels fit. And as seen, he is not only a novice in foreign policy, but he is a bad judge of character, time and time again. Every politician since caveman days says "Change", the difference is, usually they can point to something they have changed in the past. Obama cannot do this. He is an empty suit. We might as well elect a motivational speaker
  18. jwhardin

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    My brother is a die hard democrat and he said the only way he would vote for Obama, was if Jesus Christ was on the ticket. However, Obama shouldn't be a member of the democratic party, he should be a member of the socialist party.
  19. irvin88

    irvin88 Active Member

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    very true.;)

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