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McCain Says He Expects to Be Outspent

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) waves as he walks in for a town hall-style meeting at the Landmark Center in Saint Paul, Minn., June 19, 2008. (Associated Press)

By Perry Bacon Jr.
St. PAUL, Minn. -- Even though Barack Obama has forgone more than $84 million in federal money for his presidential campaign, it's likely that his opponent, John McCain, will be the one appearing at fundraising events all over the country like the one he attended in Minneapolis on Thursday night.

"We are probably going to be outraised in this campaign, but thanks to your support ... we're going to be competitive," he told about 75 donors. "I've never been in a competitive race where I wasn't outraised. We've got enough to run this campaign."

McCain added: "We have a small staff. When I say small, it's about 300 people now that we are in the process of hiring for our entire campaign. Senator Obama has over a thousand and it's growing. So I can assure you that we will make sure your support goes where it's most needed and, frankly, that's to media and to organizing get out the vote and absentee ballot programs. Those are the things that win and lose elections."

Both at the fundraiser and later in St. Paul at one of his "presidential town halls," McCain criticized Obama for leaving the public financing system. McCain aides cast the town halls, which Obama has refused to participate in despite the Arizona's senator urging, and the public financing system as the kind of good government measures that Obama should support as part of his "new politics." But McCain, unlike Obama, uses a rather traditional fundraising model, as he has spent much of the last month appearing at large fundraisers where people give substantial donations and get a picture taken with him.

The town hall in St. Paul was before an audience of more than 200 guests invited by the campaign, which says it also targets independent voters to attend. A few people who asked McCain questions seemed strongly favorable to him, while others identified themselves as Democrats or independents. Continuing his emphasis on energy, McCain repeatedly touted both his new support for offshore drilling as well as his long-standing backing of nuclear power.

McCain promised that, as president, he would give frequent public briefings about how the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were going, "even if nobody watched." And he repeated his proposals to hold weekly conferences and where members of Congress could grill him, as members of Parliament do the prime minister in Britain.

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I like John McCain and will vote for him. I deeply admire George W Bush. I also have high regard for Barack Obama's field operations, charisma and fundraising machine.

John McCain's abilities to inspire people is very high and requires far less cash than the elaborate machine that Barack Obama has built.

John McCain will get stronger the closer the election gets. That's his mercurial nature at work. The question is whether his campaign machine ramps with him.

Obama does not have the weak campaign skills of John Kerry or Al Gore, but the Presidency is a tough campaign to win.

It will be a good race.

Posted by: Douglas W Roberts | June 21, 2008 9:57 AM | Report abuse

If Senator Barack Obama (DEM-ILLINOIS) wins the presidential election this year, which is extremely likely, the Republicans can simply forget about winning back the White House for a very long, long time (a GOP drought in the U.S. Presidency for at least 24 to 48 years is very likely to occur given the country's current demographic shift that continues) throughout the future. In addition, it is absolutely not advisable for the GOP to run another member of the Bush Clan for the Presidency any time in the future since the two Bush Presidencies throughout the American History had created huge dissatisfaction among the American people in general, which have kind of ruined the reputation of the Bush Political Dynasty as a whole as well as the Republican Party for that matter. I know they would be looking for former Florida Governor Jeb Bush (REP) as their savior since he would be considered to be their best candidate, but it would be a fatal mistake for the GOP to nominate him as President or Vice-President, considering that so many people intensely despise the current President Bush (George W.), his older brother, for very obvious reasons. Sometimes, I wish that John McCain (REP-ARIZONA) would not run for President this year or beyond, since he has a very small war chest and very few notable endorsements compared to Senator Obama, and the current political environment is still very toxic for Republicans in general across the board, which McCain can't and won't escape from. Honestly, the year 2000 was actually his last chance to be President of the United States, but he blew it. Now, he is the GOP Presidential Nominee, only to be a sacrificial lamb for the general election. What good is it?!!! Maybe, he should try to become a President pro tempore of the U.S. Senate instead, which I don't think is a bad idea, but it will require all the GOP Senators with higher seniority than McCain himself to retire and that the Republicans regain control of the Senate, which won't be easy; however, that's what he should aspire to be since that position is in the Line of Presidential Succession.

Posted by: Mondor | June 21, 2008 12:22 AM | Report abuse

All these anti-obama posts make me laugh. Who are any of these people to talk about judgement and being bamboozled- these are the people who voted for Bush in the first place. Hardly an example of good judgement.

Posted by: SJ | June 20, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, McCain does have a hard time trying to compete against Dollars, Euros, Rubles, Dinars, Pesos, Yen, and all the rest;

with only Dollars and a few Reals!

The World Labor Party has never been in a better position to Hi-Jack this Country, and they KNOW it! :-(

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 20, 2008 9:50 PM | Report abuse

This was the why Bush won in '00 and '04. They were able to outspend the opposition at just the right times. Now the GOP is going to be whipped at their own game!



Posted by: Independent Stan | June 20, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

I have no recollection of any Republican in the good old days (e.g., till now) ever using the word "outspent" in a victim mode. Didn't they usually say their huge fund raising advantage came from the popularity of their ideas and the quality of their candidates? "McCain expects to be outspent"?? The headline should be "McCain is getting his butt handed to him in fund raising"....

Posted by: Tom | June 20, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Here's the gist of it: Despite his earlier opposition, he now wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. Price tag: more than $2 trillion over 10 years. He wants to repeal the alternative minimum tax. Price tag: "up to $2 trillion" according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). He wants to keep the war going ad infinitum, at a cost of between $100 billion and $150 billion per year, according to CBO estimates.

Google "McCain Economics"

He wants Tax Cuts like Obama, but all of his Tax Cuts favor all those earning over $250k. Obama's Tax Cuts favor all those earning less than $250k.

OLD McBush and Cindy are believed to be worth over $200 million and they have 8 homes.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Now it is clear why he loves Tax Cuts for the Rich.

The Old McBush fortune has ties to the Mob as well.

Google "McCain Fortune" "McCain Arizona Mob"

In government records, McCain is permitted to describe his wife's salary at Hensley as simply "more than $1,000" and, when listing her major assets, say only that they are worth "more than $1 million."

The reports show Cindy McCain has at least $9 million in assets on her own and at least $15 million with the McCain children. But those figures are virtually meaningless; her stake in Hensley & Co. alone almost certainly exceeds them by tens of millions of dollars.

Beverage industry analysts estimate Hensley's value at more than $250 million and its annual sales at $300 million or more. Hensley describes itself as the third-largest Anheuser-Bush wholesaler in the United States. It sold more than 23 million cases of beer last year and is among the nation's biggest beer distributors regardless of brand.

Cindy McCain's assets go beyond the family beer company.

She and her children own a minority stake in the Arizona Diamondbacks. The professional baseball team's chief executive, Jeff Moorad, and former majority owner Jerry Colangelo are McCain fundraisers. Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, a former Diamondback player, appeared in a New Hampshire campaign advertisement for McCain.

Assets held by Cindy McCain alone or with her children also include Anheuser-Busch stock; two condominiums along the California coast worth a total of at least $3 million and Arizona investments in rental medical offices and a parking lot, according to property records and John McCain's latest financial disclosure reports.

John McCain has seven ch1ildren: two stepsons and a daughter from his first marriage, and two sons, a daughter and an adopted daughter from his second. McCain's financial disclosure reports do not identify the children who share assets with Cindy McCain.

Arizona is a community property state, so McCain may share possessions his wife didn't inherit, such as their primary home. Cindy McCain, through a family trust, sold the family mansion in Phoenix for $3.2 million and bought a $4.6 million Phoenix condo in 2006. The couple may also jointly own a condo in Arlington, Va., assessed at $847,800. McCain's campaign and Hensley declined to say whether the couple has communal property.

John McCain held a barbecue recently for reporters at a two-story cabin near Sedona, Ariz., that sits on 15 acres owned by his wife's family trust and a real estate partnership in her name. The property includes four single-family homes and is worth nearly $1.8 million.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Barry Hussein throws 1 billion Muslims under the bus. Hold on America, it's going to be a bumpy ride.

Posted by: Nadeem Zakaria | June 20, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

McCain will be outspent because there are far more ordinary people eager to give small amounts of money to help Barack Obama than there are fat cats who can fork over wads of cash for the GOP. This is truly democracy in action and the Republicans will be soundly spanked at the ballot box come November.

To paraphrase Lincoln: God must love the small donors, he made so many of them!

Posted by: dee | June 20, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse
John McCain's top ten temper explosions

1) Defending His Amnesty Bill, Sen. McCain Lost His Temper And "Screamed, 'F*ck You!' At Texas Sen. John Cornyn" (R-TX). "Presidential hopeful John McCain - who has been dogged for years by questions about his volcanic temper - erupted in an angry, profanity-laced tirade at a fellow Republican senator, sources told The Post yesterday. In a heated dispute over immigration-law overhaul, McCain screamed, 'F-- you!' at Texas Sen. John Cornyn, who had been raising concerns about the legislation. 'This is chickens--stuff,' McCain snapped at Cornyn, according to several people in the room off the Senate floor Thursday. 'You've always been against this bill, and you're just trying to derail it.'" (Charles Hurt, "Raising McCain," New York Post, 5/19/07)

2) In 2000, Sen. McCain Ran An Attack Ad Comparing Then-Gov. George W. Bush To Bill Clinton. SEN. MCCAIN: "I guess it was bound to happen. Governor Bush's campaign is getting desperate, with a negative ad about me. The fact is, I'll use the surplus money to fix Social Security, cut your taxes and pay down the debt. Governor Bush uses all of the surplus for tax cuts, with not one new penny for Social Security or the debt. His ad twists the truth like Clinton. We're all pretty tired of that. As president, I'll be conservative and always tell you the truth. No matter what." (McCain 2000, Campaign Ad, 2/9/00;

3) Sen. McCain Repeatedly Called Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) An "A**hole", Causing A Fellow GOP Senator To Say, "I Didn't Want This Guy Anywhere Near A Trigger." "Why can't McCain win the votes of his own colleagues? To explain, a Republican senator tells this story: at a GOP meeting last fall, McCain erupted out of the blue at the respected Budget Committee chairman, Pete Domenici, saying, 'Only an a-hole would put together a budget like this.' Offended, Domenici stood up and gave a dignified, restrained speech about how in all his years in the Senate, through many heated debates, no one had ever called him that. Another senator might have taken the moment to check his temper. But McCain went on: 'I wouldn't call you an a-hole unless you really were an a-hole.' The Republican senator witnessing the scene had considered supporting McCain for president, but changed his mind. 'I decided,' the senator told Newsweek, 'I didn't want this guy anywhere near a trigger.'" (Evan Thomas, et al., "Senator Hothead," Newsweek, 2/21/00)

4) Sen. McCain Had A Heated Exchange With Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) And Called Him A "F*cking Jerk." "Senators are not used to having their intelligence or integrity challenged by another senator. 'Are you calling me stupid?' Sen. Chuck Grassley once inquired during a debate with McCain over the fate of the Vietnam MIAs, according to a source who was present. 'No,' replied McCain, 'I'm calling you a f--ing jerk!' (Grassley and McCain had no comment.)" (Evan Thomas, et al., "Senator Hothead," Newsweek, 2/21/00)

5) In 1995, Sen. McCain Had A "Scuffle" With 92-Year-Old Sen. Strom Thurmond (R-SC) On The Senate Floor. "In January 1995, McCain was midway through an opening statement at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing when chairman Strom Thurmond asked, 'Is the senator about through?' McCain glared at Thurmond, thanked him for his 'courtesy' (translation: buzz off), and continued on. McCain later confronted Thurmond on the Senate floor. A scuffle ensued, and the two didn't part friends." (Harry Jaffe, "Senator Hothead," The Washingtonian, 2/97)

6) Sen. McCain Accused Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) Of The "Most Egregious Incident" Of Corruption He Had Seen In The Senate. "It escalated when McCain reiterated the charges Oct. 10 in a cross-examination, calling McConnell's actions the 'most egregious incident' demonstrating the appearance of corruption he has ever seen in his Senate career." (Amy Keller, "Attacks Escalate In Depositions," Roll Call, 10/21/02)

7) Sen. McCain Attacked Christian Leaders And Republicans In A Blistering Speech During The 2000 Campaign. MCCAIN: "Unfortunately, Governor Bush is a Pat Robertson Republican who will lose to Al Gore. ... The political tactics of division and slander are not our values... They are corrupting influences on religion and politics, and those who practice them in the name of religion or in the name of the Republican Party or in the name of America shame our faith, our party and our country. Neither party should be defined by pandering to the outer reaches of American politics and the agents of intolerance, whether they be Louis Farrakhan or Al Sharpton on the left, or Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell on the right." (Sen. John McCain, Remarks, Virginia Beach, VA, 2/28/00)

8) Sen. McCain Attacked Vice President Cheney. MCCAIN: "The president listened too much to the Vice President . . . Of course, the president bears the ultimate responsibility, but he was very badly served by both the Vice President and, most of all, the Secretary of Defense." (Roger Simon, "McCain Bashes Cheney Over Iraq Policy," The Politico, 1/24/07)

9) Celebrating His First Senate Election In 1986, Sen. McCain Screamed At And Harassed A Young Republican Volunteer. "It was election night 1986, and John McCain had just been elected to the U.S. Senate for the first time. Even so, he was not in a good mood. McCain was yelling at the top of his lungs and poking the chest of a young Republican volunteer who had set up a lectern that was too tall for the 5-foot-9 politician to be seen to advantage, according to a witness to the outburst. 'Here this poor guy is thinking he has done a good job, and he gets a new butt ripped because McCain didn't look good on television,' Jon Hinz told a reporter Thursday. At the time, Hinz was executive director of the Arizona Republican Party. ... Hinz said McCain's treatment of the young campaign worker in 1986 troubled him for years. 'There were an awful lot of people in the room,' Hinz recalled. 'You'd have to stick cotton in your ears not to hear it. He (McCain) was screaming at him, and he was red in the face. It wasn't right, and I was very upset at him.'" (Kris Mayes and Charles Kelly, "Stories Surface On Senator's Demeanor," The Arizona Republic, 11/5/99)

10) Sen. McCain "Publicly Abused" Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL). "[McCain] noted his propensity for passion but insisted that he doesn't 'insult anybody or fly off the handle or anything like that.' This is, quite simply, hogwash. McCain often insults people and flies off the handle.... There have been the many times McCain has called reporters 'liars' and 'idiots' when they have had the audacity to ask him unpleasant, but pertinent, questions. McCain once... publicly abused Sen. Richard Shelby of Alabama." (Editorial, "There's Something About McCain," The Austin American-Statesman, 1/24/07)

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

@spinaltap, get a life! There's no use yelling at the people here. Nobody's listening to your diatribe and you just end looking like a character out "One Flew over the Coockoo's Nest" :)
Time to torpedo the swiftboats of the "let them eat short term dividends" Repugs!

Posted by: DrRay | June 20, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Old McBush is a Traitor, Why are his Military Records Sealed?

Sign the 180 Waiver and Release your Complete Military Records, Old Songbird McBush.

What are you hiding, Old Songbird McBush?

This might provide some clues.

Google "McCain Military Records" "McCain Temper" "McCain Adultery"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

If Bush had opted out of public financing in 2000 and 2004, when he had a huge advantage in contributions, Democrats would have cried that he was buying the election. In the end, not even bush opted out of public financing, even with this huge advantage.

In response to the claims about 527's, well, Obama supporters have found a way to accomplish the same thing in a different manner, its called bundling, look it up, its under George Soros. While your at it, research why 30% percent of Obamas contributions are of the $25 and $50 variety, to see where the rest of the money is coming from. Open your eyes,he is no breath of fresh air, he is old cutthroat politics at its best, changing direction or breaking promises when it best serves him. Obama=Jimmy Carter

P.S. its not flip flopping to change a stance when circumstances change, like gas prices approaching $5 calls for change in policy, like for example drilling!!! Oh, but i forgot, Democrats will talk about wind turbines and alternative fuels, but won't do a thing. They will continue to pander to environmental groups that impede development of nuclear plants and make building a new oil refinery a 35 year process.

Posted by: charlie | June 20, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Google "McCain Hero", "McCain Traitor" "McCain Military Career" "McCain Songbird" "McCain Temper"

"The issue of economics is not something I've understood as well as I should," McCain told the Boston Globe late last year. He said that in choosing a vice president he'd look for a person with economic experience to compensate for his own shortcomings. "I'm going to be honest," he told Stephen Moore of the Wall Street Journal three years ago. "I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated." McCain has since tried, implausibly, to disavow all these statements, protesting that his knowledge of economics is perfectly sufficient for a president. But the zigs and zags of his 25-year career as a congressman and senator suggest that, when he said he didn't know much about economic policy, he was giving us some of that bracing straight talk.

Here's the gist of it: Despite his earlier opposition, he now wants to make the Bush tax cuts permanent. Price tag: more than $2 trillion over 10 years. He wants to repeal the alternative minimum tax. Price tag: "up to $2 trillion" according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP). He wants to keep the war going ad infinitum, at a cost of between $100 billion and $150 billion per year, according to CBO estimates.

Google "McCain Economics"

He wants Tax Cuts like Obama, but all of his Tax Cuts favor all those earning over $250k.

OLD McBush and Cindy are believed to be worth over $200 million and they have 8 homes.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

McSame is running scared! He counted on swift boaters pushing the Democratic candidate out of his way but Obama's choice to forgo public funds fights fire with fire.


Obama-Edwards '08!

Posted by: KateLynn | June 20, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

You guys are so blind!!! You really think Obama is going to help the average hard working middle class American?? The answer is hell no. All you guys do is ramble on about nonsense your affiliated party has preached for the last 30 years! Instead of bickering like little school girl how about you like turd monkey actually make a REAL difference by coming up with something new a getting more than just a Republican-Democrat election. Both parites suck beyond belief....and I'm sorry to say it but Obama isn't winning. You Democrats were given this election on your laps and you screwed it up YET AGAIN!! You should really hate yourselves now!! You pick some guy who is so in love with himself he'd suck his own **** if he could, he is TOTALLY inexperienced, and he is way to much of a leftist elistist self-righteous know it all to get elected!!! He has all the answers on how to "CHANGE" this country but have no experiences to back it up! He is just a good campaigner who is playing to your hearts content. Great job on screwing it up yet woulda been great to see ole slick willy in the white house again but you guys would just rather lose......

Posted by: Spinaltap | June 20, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

No reason for McNasty to go to Iraq for funds, Bush just gave the big 4 Oil companies free range, he can just keep going to Texas for the dirty $.

Posted by: Patrick NYC | June 20, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Paying labor sounds like a good idea to me. Bill, do you work for a living?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 20, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps McCain can take his campaign overseas for fundraising. He is probably convinced that if he went to Iraq, he would be greeted as a liberator, and that he could use their oil revenues to completely pay for his campaign.

Posted by: steve boyington | June 20, 2008 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Obama has sworn off of special interest money. . . PACs, lobbyists, and the like.

Meanwhile, Labor has just promised him $50,000,000.

But, I assume, Labor has no special interests in mind; the $50M comes with no explicit or implicit strings attached.

Why could it be that I have a sense of uneasiness stirring deep in my soul? Obama would never do anything, as President, to pay back Labor for their little contribution, would he?

Posted by: Bill M. | June 20, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

MargaritaL or whatever you call yourself, please think before your even type a single word because you don't make any sense. Dwelling on issue like Revving Wright is not going to turn this country around. Unless you are a member of the top 1% that is reaping benefits of tax cuts from this crooked administration, you should be praising Obama for his change and unity message. He is the real deal here....a people's president. Not a clown tricked and advised by NEOCONS who have taken this country down a wrong path.
MCSAMEBUSH is now being set up to even extend policy that that brainless W. has ever espoused. And you are down with that? Just a food for thought, ask yourself this question: where does J McSAMEBUSH stands on tax cuts and where was he standing a couple of years ago? The same goes for a bunch of other policy positions he is trying to support now. If you can't do that, then you are probably blinded by your fat tax cuts checks.

Posted by: CHE | June 20, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Margarita L. whatever your concerns re Mr. Obama your candidate's problem is that he can't give an effective speech. Your attempt to continue the lie that Mr. Obama is a muslim makes your problem far worse than your candidate's. He lies for political gain - not surprising - you lie for the sake of lying.

Posted by: JB | June 20, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

MargaritaL, you get to lose twice in one year! What an opportunity. Hope you lose even more of your money giving to the Republican sockpuppet, Bush/Cheney clone John McSame than you did losing with Bill and Hillary.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 20, 2008 3:58 PM | Report abuse

120 in the previous post is 120 days.

Posted by: gGa | June 20, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

People want to talk about flip-flops, well then we must talk about McCain. Off-shore drilling is just the latest apparent shift in his views. Perhaps most glaringly, in May 2001, McCain said of the Bush tax cuts, "I cannot in good conscience support a tax cut in which so many of the benefits go to the most fortunate among us, at the expense of middle class Americans who most need tax relief." In October 2007, McCain promised, "I will not let the Democrats roll back the Bush tax cuts," and he's making an issue out of Sen. Barack Obama's desire to repeal the same tax cuts McCain opposed. Parenthetically, compared to the flip-flops by McCain on numerous, significant issues of the day, this change by Sen. Obama on campaign finance is meaningless. Anyone, who thinks McCain is a reformer better take a hard look at the numerous conflicting statements he has made over the past few months. Further, anyone who thinks McCain is honest and has integrity, should go back to the early 90s to study the "Keating Five" scandal, which almost landed him in prison. Finally, as Obama stated, the Republicans have learned to circumvent public financing restrictions through the use of 527 organizations and the like. Sure, the Republicans will scream long and loud about this meaningless "news". But, my checkbook is open, and my pen is ready, to make more contributions to Obama's run for the Presidency, which he will win by a landslide come November.

Posted by: caliguy55 | June 20, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse


What I heard on Potus '08 on Xm radio is that $200 or less amounted to 30% of Obama's contributions.

The FEC can not issue rulings without a majority voting and the vacant seats are four out of six. If the FEC has not ruled in 120 the courts may be used for redress. That is the basis of the DNC case against McCain.

Posted by: gGa | June 20, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

I cannot believe how many people Obama has fooled and is continuing to fool. What does he have to offer other than his speeches, empty promises of change and "novelty"? He cannot even keep his word. He's just like any other hypocritical politician. He's worse because he portrays himself as a "post-racial," "post-whatever" "unifier." He cannot even unite his words with his actions. He's always having to explain his past statements because he misspoke or lied. He's always doing things for political expediency. It's amusing how he weaseled himself out of his 20-year pastor, Rev. Wright: at first, saying, he could disown him no more than he could disown the black community and his grandmother and that he never heard those controversial statements in church. Later he disowned the statements but not the pastor; later he disowned the pastor; and finally, he quit the church. How convenient. How about the cover-up about his "Muslim background?" Didn't his own half-brother write in The Jerusalem Post that Obama would make a good ally of Israel, "despite his Muslim background?" And why did his campaign ban the two women wearing head scarves from posing behind him at one his rallies? He's always coming up with excuses and/or gradually "back-pedaling." He easily turned his back on his pledge to use public funds for his campaign, managing to come up with the excuse that the system is "broken," the same system he so passionately praised just a few months earlier. He promised to use public financing when it was convenient to do so, and reneged on his word when it was convenient to do so. He's good at delivering speeches and reading the teleprompter. That's it. And of course, there's the affirmative action factor. And the Democrats think they've come up with their best candidate ever. I can't wait for the debates and see how Obama's going to trip all over his tongue and show how inexperienced and naive he is - on almost everything. Hillary was right. Obama can deliver a speech and that's it. We know that much about him, but the troubling thing is: what don't we know about this man who wants to be president of the greatest nation on earth other than that he's a joke (according to Riehlworld)?

Posted by: Margarita L. | June 20, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain made a pledge before God that he would be faithful to his first wife. He broke that oath. My wife finds that oath far more important than an oath re campaign financing. When McCain speaks of telling the truth and having good character he should do so with the first Ms. McCain in the audience.

Posted by: JWB | June 20, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

One big reason that Bob Dole lost in 1996 was that he accepted public funding in the primary and the spending caps allowed Bill Clinton's campaign to outspend and define him before the general election. From that example it should have become obvious to both the Republicans and the Democrats that the system was broken and out of selfish interest they should have worked together to fix it. Instead, the parties left the system to decay to where we are now: one candidate has the means to acquire more funds than available through the program, the other isn't, and the cost of campaigns has escalated to the point that the additional funding could be a decisive factor in the election.

Since Dole's loss campaign finance reform legislation has been amended (in a bill sponsored by the candidate who will have less to spend) and could have included a fix for the problem that we are having now. It may very well be that the Republicans didn't address the issue because they always assumed that they would be on the winning end of the dollar race. There probably isn't time to change the arrangement now, but if the funding mismatch is a determining factor it may bring about a bipartisan will for more or better public financing for national elections.

Unless and until something is done to redress the issue we see now it's really hard to blame the candidate with the advantage from using it. I don't see the other candidates holding off on using any of their advantages. About the only thing he'll be able to do is to complain and in the end that will probably just sound to most of us like sour grapes.

Posted by: Thomas Fiore | June 20, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

If you were in business, clearing profits by nearly four-to-one over your competitor, would you limit your production or curtail your profits by sixty percent in order to give your competitor a fair shake? has just dismantled its 527 to fall more in line with Obama's philosophy of campaigning. I have yet to hear of a Republican 527 dismantling; they're loading up for the general election campaign.

The Next Question:
If the Federal Election Commission is missing a couple of board members (yet to be confirmed), do they still have the regulatory power to oversee public funding? No one seems to talk about this variable of late, although it has been brought up as a topic two or three months prior.

Last Question:
If McCain was in Obama's shoes financially, would he agree to public financing of his campaign, in spite of a lack of regulatory structure within the FEC, and the limits that money would have on his answering allegations made by 527's on behalf of his opponent?

You know the answer. Enough Said!

Posted by: ji_john | June 20, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

I doubt anyone would want to have a beer with McCain. He's old, mean and vindictive; much like the angry uncle you're always trying to avoid.

Obama is like the cool friend you want to hang out with.

Posted by: Playa | June 20, 2008 3:21 PM | Report abuse

He will be outspent, there's no doubt. The issue I note is how poorly mccains campaign has been run. What exactly does he stand for now? What's his message? Aside from trying to slam on every word out of Obama's mouth, I don't see what McCain stands for. It's a petty, ineffective response - the bluster may have worked for Bush, but it sure isn't going to work against Obama. Obama is running his campaign like a fine tuned machine. His staff is in line, the message has been consistent. And he so cooly and calmly smacks the ridiculous statements and claims from McCain. Obama is a real leader - look closely at how he's run things to this point. Contrast that with the mccain camp - it's a disaster. We as a country can't stand another 4 years like the last 8 - and I fear that McCain could actually be even worse than bush. He's just another C- legacy appointment. For a real change of pace, let's elect the smart guy - not the one you want to have a beer with.

Posted by: JDB | June 20, 2008 3:00 PM | Report abuse

I for one can not wait to see what the 527's will do to McShame and his wife. I've already seen a few good clips on the Stepford wife. His calling her a c@*t is going to be a good one, and it wont cost McShame a penny.

Posted by: Patrick NYC | June 20, 2008 2:45 PM | Report abuse

I know Saint O keeps talking about small donors being the engine that could but let us see how much those $10-20-30 dollar people actually gave in total numbers. Tell us the dollar amount. I heard his boy on TV today claim the dollar amount to be 3 million, if that is true then those small donors add up to about 1% of his total haul.

Posted by: Kabookey | June 20, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

At least McCain has a legislative history tio flip-flop about. Obama has done nothing on his own in 4 years in the Senate. He hasn't taken the lead on any issue or taken a policy stand that differs from the DNC talking points. He is quintessentially unprepared and unqualified to get things done in Washington. He is not an outsider he is a go along to get along democrat.

Posted by: Pat | June 20, 2008 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Hal, it is not the left that is going to win this election, it is the center. We are emerging from a period where justice was assaulted by the President of the United States and a relatively conservative Supreme Court had to rebuff him three times. We had a Justice Department under Gonzales that functioned as a political arm of the Republican party rather than as a government body.

I think your understanding of politics in the United States is wanting, it is Republicans that are attracted to the Authoritarian personality like Cheney's and somewhat like Bush's. Obama's style is more collaborative and is not conducive to autocracy.

If you were saying this to be Devil's advocate, I bit. If you were serious you need to study more about history and psychology. If you are simply a mindless ideologue well so be it, I have wasted my time.

Posted by: G8tr | June 20, 2008 2:20 PM | Report abuse

C'mon WaPo, you'll have to do better than "McCain expects to be outspent" to get your candidate elected. Why don't you take a cue from your compatriots in ideology, and start making comments about Obama's welfare baby-mama and how he's unfairly putting Godly McCain at a disadvatage. Maybe mCSame can get a few billion from the oil industry, or perhaps from his bleach=-blond, surgically enhanced fifteenth trophy wife....

Posted by: Chowski | June 20, 2008 2:10 PM | Report abuse

McCain opted out of Primaruy funding until he lost his shirt, then he opted in and used that to secure a $5 million loan, and opted out again. The DNC has filed a law suit against McCain over the issue.

FLIP FLOP McCain nor Republicans have a basis for complait!

Posted by: Donaldd | June 20, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Republican John McCain (Bush III) is a weak candidate, but that does not give him the excuse to publicly insult his wife who is a recovering drug addict.

In 1989, Cindy McCain became addicted to opioid painkillers such as Percocet and Vicodin, which she initially took to alleviate pain following two spinal surgeries for ruptured discs and to ease emotional stress during the Keating Five scandal, which involved her as a bookkeeper who had difficulty finding receipts.

The addiction progressed to where she resorted to stealing drugs from her own AVMT. During 1992, Tom Gosinski, the director of government and international affairs for AVMT, discovered her drug theft.

Subsequently in 1992, her parents staged an intervention to force her to get help; she told her husband about her problem, attended a drug treatment facility, began outpatient sessions, and ended her three years of active addiction.

In January 1993, McCain terminated Gosinski's employment on grounds of budgetary reasons. In spring 1993, Gosinski tipped off the Drug Enforcement Administration to investigate McCain's drug theft, and a federal investigation ensued.

McCain's defense team, led by Washington lawyer John Dowd, secured an agreement with the U.S. Attorney's office that limited her punishment to financial restitution and enrollment in a diversion program, without any public disclosure.

Meanwhile, in early 1994 Gosinski filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against McCain, which he told her he would settle for $250,000. In April 1994, Dowd requested that Maricopa County officials investigate Gosinski for extortion. The Phoenix New Times was about to publish a negatively-cast article about the whole affair.

Cindy McCain pre-empted this by publicly revealing her past addiction, stating she hoped it would give fellow drug addicts courage in their struggles: "Although my conduct did not result in compromising any missions of AVMT, my actions were wrong, and I regret them."

A flurry of press attention followed, including charges by Gosinski that she had asked him to lie concerning her drug use when the McCains were applying to adopt their baby from Bangladesh and statements by past AVMT employees that Gosinski had once threatened to blackmail her.

The Arizona Republic published an editorial cartoon ridiculing the motivations for her AVMT work and an award dinner in her honor was canceled citing poor ticket sales. In the end, both Gosinski's lawsuit and the extortion investigation against him were dropped.

AVMT concluded its activities in 1995. That year, McCain founded a new organization, the Hensley Family Foundation, which donates monies towards children's programs in Arizona and nationally, and she was largely a stay-at-home mom during the balance of the 1990s. She also held positions as vice president, director, and vice chair of Hensley & Co.

Posted by: Republican Failures | June 20, 2008 2:01 PM | Report abuse

LynnE, be honest you hate Obama because he deprived your candidate the nomination. Obama's decision was not an ethical one, I agree. He would have to have been brain dead to have done otherwise. When you are president you have to make the "right" decision. In this case it would be "political malpractice" according to a conservative from the American Enterprise Institute,

With regard to Obama have hope that he will turn out to be better than you think. I have my doubts and I support him strongly. He seems to good to be true, on the whole, and that worries me. We can only have hope or be bitter and hope is a more pleasant emotion.

Posted by: Gator-ron | June 20, 2008 2:00 PM | Report abuse

It really should come as no surprise that the Democrats have more money then the Republicans. Thet are the lawyers, they are the government union people such as the teachers, postmen, firemen, police, and apparently hedge funds (Soros) and the Mortgage bankers, oh and lets not forget about the welfare people, people on government assistance, etc., etc., etc. And Edwards talked about the haves and the have nots. The haves are the Democrates, and the proof of it is Obama's money. Those of us in the private sector are the have nots my fear is that with an Obama presidency and a democrat controlled congress a police state will soon follow. Let's not forget the middle name of the Nazi party, lets not forget the Bolsheviks. These Democrates whom want change,... be careful for what you ask.

Posted by: hal | June 20, 2008 1:51 PM | Report abuse

300 people?

There are more than 3000 people working hard for Obama just in my one city.

Man, McCain's gonna get his clock cleaned.

Blue Tidal Wave, baby! Ain't nothing you can do to stop it - every state, every race, there's nowhere for you Red Bushies to run, cause you're going to the Wilderness for Forty Years, you apostate traitors!

Posted by: Will in Seattle | June 20, 2008 1:49 PM | Report abuse

I bet he also expects to get spanked in November...cuz he will.

Posted by: Shawn | June 20, 2008 1:45 PM | Report abuse

John wrote: Senator Clinton was in the habit of beating Obama while she was being outspent so it can be done.
Not likely...........

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 1:43 PM | Report abuse

poor..poor..John Mccain...maybe Cindy can pitch in...

Posted by: lg | June 20, 2008 1:41 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately for our Democracy money poured into Senator Obama's campaign may not necessarily result in votes. Some of the money given to his campaign is coming from sources and individuals who not only cannot vote in this country but reside in countries where nobody is allowed to vote.

Posted by: American citizen | June 20, 2008 12:54 PM

That is a ridiculous statement. Do some research - learn the facts. Only US citizens can contribute to presidential campaigns - Dumba$$!

Posted by: NM Moderate | June 20, 2008 1:40 PM | Report abuse

John Mc Cain, Bush, and Cheny are members of a wicked gang of neocons who have damaged the economy of this country and started unnecessary wars that cost us billions of US$ and thousands of the lives of our young and brave soldiers. They have lied to all Americans about WMD in Iraq and unfortunately got us stuck in a quaqmire with no way out in the near future.Nobody can trust nor tolerate such wicked clowns for another presidential term under any circustances. The proper place for John Mc Cain is a suitable oldman house, not the White House or even the Senate.

Posted by: sam | June 20, 2008 1:36 PM | Report abuse

John Mc Cain, Bush, and Cheny are members of a wicked gang of neocons who have damaged the economy of this country and started unnecessary wars that cost us billions of US$ and thousands of the lives of our young and brave soldiers. They have lied to all Americans about WMD in Iraq and unfortunately got us stuck in a quaqmire with no way out in the near future.Nobody can trust nor tolerate such wicked clowns for another presidential term under any circustances. The proper place for John Mc Cain is a suitable oldman house, not the White House or even the Senate.

Posted by: sam | June 20, 2008 1:32 PM | Report abuse

John Mc Cain, Bush, and Cheny are members of a wicked gang of neocons who have damaged the economy of this country and started unnecessary wars that cost us billions of US$ and thousands of the lives of our young and brave soldiers. They have lied to all Americans about WMD in Iraq and unfortunately got us stuck in a quaqmire with no way out in the near future.Nobody can trust nor tolerate such wicked clowns for another presidential term under any circustances. The proper place for John Mc Cain is a suitable oldman house, not the White House or even the Senate.

Posted by: sam | June 20, 2008 1:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain's wife will certainly be a big spender (silently) in trying to get herself into the White House as first lady.

Posted by: mzbond | June 20, 2008 1:15 PM | Report abuse

I believe that Obama should have taken the Public Funding route and I'm a Democrat. I think it's disgusting that it would be a Democrat who would do away with political campaign funding reforms and blame it on the Republicans. They should be wary of Mc Cain. People mainly young ones who only see Mc Cain as old, therefore unworthy, should not be counted out. He is the little train that could. He looks weak and unimpressive but deep inside, he gets things done.

Posted by: Lynn E | June 20, 2008 1:13 PM | Report abuse

I'm surprised that the Republicans are harping on this because it's just going to remind everyone that McCain isn't raking in the money AND OBAMA IS. By shouting about this - everyone learns that Obama is more popular than McCain and then McCain looks bad. Hello! Do the McCain campaign people realize this? McCain has some DUMB advisers if they think this is going to hurt Obama. In the end, this will all hurt McCain because it will look like he has to has ask the government for his ALLOWANCE.

McCain needs to hire some better advisers, but I don't really care because I also support Senator Obama's campaign. You can support Obama's candidacy too by visiting and clicking on the red DONATE button on the top right. It's quick, easy and helps us to defeat John Sydney McCain.

Posted by: Allen | June 20, 2008 1:11 PM | Report abuse

I do not think that the analogy of Clinton to McCain is a good one. Being a Republican is clearly a negative and McCain does not have the recognition that Mrs Clinton had. She had a strong base to rely on. These factors are worth money during a campaign.

McCain could certainly win, it is a long campaign but the odds are against him at 3:2 right now.

Posted by: Gator-ron | June 20, 2008 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Apparently there is a right wing talking point that Soros is funding Obama. I know that he did not take sides in the Clinton-Obama contest. I have read other posts by Wm Tate and they have been fanatical. Soros personally will be limited in his ability to contribute to Obama directly in a way he was not limited to contribute to the 527s in 2004.

Soros is apparently demonized by the right but it should be remembered he made his money in the free markets and he supports his foundations with money gained in the free enterprise system.

Just because Soros believes that governments need to protect the interests of the population's politically less powerful but does not mean that he is unconcerned with the free enterprise system.

Wm Tate, there are plenty of Americans probably 1.5% of the population giving to Mr Obama and that's a higher percentage than to any previous candidate in recent times. It is not because of the wealthy that Obama is so well financed it is because of the enthusiasm.

Your sources of misinformation are preventing you from making an informed decision. The mood of the country is moving to the center, not to the left because this year information not sloganeering is going to decide this election.

Posted by: Gator-ron | June 20, 2008 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Fortunately for our Democracy money poured into Senator Obama's campaign may not necessarily result in votes. Some of the money given to his campaign is coming from sources and individuals who not only cannot vote in this country but reside in countries where nobody is allowed to vote.

Posted by: American citizen | June 20, 2008 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Who is in charge of WAPO's editorial page? I get a feeling that he or she is GOP operative and MCSAMEBUSH insider who is out to portray Obama in rather sinister light. I don't see any editorial critizing the OLD MAN for flip-flopping on every stand he ever took. Can we get a fair shake here? Covering the OLD MAN is a treasure trove for any editorial group because he can't even keep up with his flip-flopping. And he doesn't wear the flag pin that his campaign tried to make an issue out of.
I just want everyone to be treated fair and square. The OLD MAN McSAME is probably suffering from some bad memory loss problems because he doesn't seem to recall what he said yesterday and what he is going to say tomorrow. IS this good for America? Talk about 3 AM phone call that is probably going to launch nukes instead of discussing trade.

Posted by: CHE | June 20, 2008 12:51 PM | Report abuse

Why is it, with the English language as broad as it is, that McCain feels the need to use any part of Obama's message? Obama: Change we can believe in. McCain: A leader WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

How can we believe in McCain when he says one thing on monday and the opposite thing on tuesday (i.e. cap and trade)?

Posted by: Playa | June 20, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

The only folks that mind Obama opting out of public financing are the Republicans. To even insinuate that Obama can't be trusted because he opted out is mind boggling. John McCain changes his stance on almost every issue he discusses on a weekly basis. I don't even know where he stands on most issues because he has flipped back and forth so much.

He can't even come up with is his own theme. Why is it, with the English language as broad as it is, that McCain feels the need to use any part of Obama's message? Obama: Change we can believe in. McCain: A leader WE CAN BELIEVE IN.

When you don't know what you represent, what your message is, what your stance is on the issues, what you believe end up loosing...which is what McCain will do in the fall....loose.

Posted by: Monica from Youngstown, Ohio | June 20, 2008 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Who is getting real public funding? Obama who has 1.5 Americans involved in the process and who don't have enough but are willing to part with $25, $50 of little they have to be part of the process? Or Mr. McSameBush who taking his case to PAC, LOBBYISTS, BUSH's cronies to fund his 3rd term? Get real you pinheaded GOP-loving, corrupt conservative. You were holding your breath that Obama was going to abandon us and shoot himself in the foot. Dream on! I will continue contributing because I am the public and I want to influence what goes on in Washington DC.
Obama has probably made the most strategically sensible thing that no Democratic nominee has ever attempted. Turn to the public instead of a select group of RICH people who donate $1 and get $10 in form of tax cuts. SHAME on GOP and MCSAMEBUSH!!! At last, America has a real candidate supported by the real public. Not a guy kissing up to the RICH and powerful!

Posted by: Che | June 20, 2008 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Why would all those folks give money to a losing cause? Support McSame and send good money after bad. What a waste, donate it to the local food bank.

Posted by: thebob.bob | June 20, 2008 12:26 PM | Report abuse

Of course McCain's going to get outspent. With Soros and pals behind Obama, did he expect anything else?
-Wm Tate,

Posted by: Wm Tate | June 20, 2008 12:25 PM | Report abuse

If Bush can get elected, anyone can. It makes no difference what McSame is for, nor whether he has any opinion at all. He is an RNC sockpuppet. He could literally be a stuffed animal and millions of you would vote for him, just like you voted for Bush.

Why do you vote against your interests?
Why do you vote for these creeps who advance the interests of corporate greed in every instance, on every issue? You can't really beleive that what is interest of oil speculators is in the interest of the middle class. The Republicans do.

No, you are afraid. Scared little minds like Charles Krauthammer find comfort, cold comfort, but comfort nonetheless in the nastiness of Republicans.

Like Pink Floyd said, exchange cold comfort for change.

Posted by: shrink2 | June 20, 2008 12:12 PM | Report abuse

75 donors? Well...I see why McSame opted for public financing. His drug addict $lut of a wife can finance him only so much with her beer money. To is alcohol, you guys know that, right?

Posted by: Playa | June 20, 2008 12:09 PM | Report abuse

well, that just means st john's mcbase will have to work that much harder to propel his lies and distortions about barack obama.

see any of the wapo offerings by st john's mcbase this a.m. and come back here and let me know if you've ever seen anything posted about st john's fec violations.

nah, didn't think so.

Posted by: linda | June 20, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Nixon did not need the plumbers to win the '72 election. But he employed them anyway. That became his downfall. Obama does not need to abandon public financing to win the '08 election, but he has done so anyway. In the process he has given McCain some serious ammunition that Obama's word cannot be trusted. The Obama campaign has made a grave tactical error.

Posted by: stephen rae | June 20, 2008 11:52 AM | Report abuse

Senator Clinton was in the habit of beating Obama while she was being outspent so it can be done.

Posted by: John | June 20, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

I just like trying to come up with more versions of words - that start with mc it makes me mclaugh.

Posted by: Mcslappy | June 20, 2008 11:45 AM | Report abuse

From one concerned citizen of U.S.A,

Dear American Voters, reporters, media. professionals, political parties, and presidential Nominees,

Hon. Senator McCain and Obama, besides each having many attributes and characteristics.

The critical differences between the two of these presidential presumptive nominees in my opinion are as under:

1. Presidential "Temperament and Caliber".
2. Little Washington "insider Versus outsider" experience.
3. "Vision and mission" for our nation future rather than past.
4. American policies, " first U.S.A Centric" than any other country [ ies ] centric.

In my professional opinion Senator Obama leads in all above qualities and attributes.

Senator Obama and his administration along with congress will address all the critical current and future domestic and foreign issues, challenges, and opportunities in coming the years.

Our citizens have and follow attributes as under:

" Family, Friends, Fellows, Faith, Funds, Foundation [s], Fun, with Freedom & Fairness and without Fear, Favor, & Failure" .

Please stay involved, stay engaged, and stay informed. Please do not allow any seduction, deception, and or confusion by some partisan media and leaders effect your vote [ What I label as Psychological Terrorism of deception, seduction and Brain washing perpetuated by some media outlets for decades. These Meedia outlet and so called pundits claim to care about our Nation].

Dear Americans, please do not allow yourself be duped, seduced, and brain washed this time ].

Yours truly,

COL. [retd] A.M.Khajawall
Disabled American Veteran
Forensic psychiatrist, Las Vegas

PS: Please talk about the " Presidential Temperament And Caliber " of our presumptive presidential Nominees. We do talk about the "Judicial Temperament" of our Supreme Court Justices nominees and so far we have failed to talk about the " Presidential Temperament " of our presumptive presidential nominees. The " Presidential Temperament " is the ultimate and in my opinion only requirement of our president as that effects every living soul here and around the world.

Thanks again.

Posted by: COL. [retd] A.M.Khajawall | June 20, 2008 11:38 AM | Report abuse

W G A S ? ?

Nobody, that's who, and I am a Republican!

Posted by: swanieaz | June 20, 2008 11:18 AM | Report abuse

FLASH to John.
No one cares about you, not even your own party.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 10:56 AM | Report abuse

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