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McCain Sharpens Attack on Obama Over Public Financing

By Perry Bacon Jr.
While touring a flood-ravaged area in Columbus Junction, Iowa, John McCain responded to reporters' questions by blasting Barack Obama for not taking public financing in the general election.

"Senator Obama's reversal on public financing is one of a number of reversals that he has taken," the Arizona senator said. "He said he would stick to the agreement. He didn't."

McCain added: "This is a big, big deal. He has completely reversed himself and gone back, not on his word to me, but the commitment he made to the American people."

McCain, in the town to survey flood damage, said local officials had done a "magnificent job" in minimizing damage but said "obviously" additional state and federal aid would be needed. Both McCain and President Bush were in Iowa today, although McCain campaign officials made clear the visits were not coordinated and the pair would not be in the same area.

McCain said he would have to evaluate if he would take public financing, but suggested that he would.

"That doesn't worry me," McCain said in response to a question about how the money gap between his campaign and Obama's would affect his chances of winning.

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This could potentially the game changer. BHO miscalculates and he believes that he will keep the money coming in like in primary but May is his worst month. Now the left wing liberals have their post primary fatgiure and especially for those HRC haters, now that HRC is gone, combined with buyer's remorse syndrome. I predict that BHO's fund raising will continue worsen in June and months to come. He will be broke by the end of September!

So don't throw good money after bad! The BHO bubble will burst right in front of you!

Posted by: LC | June 22, 2008 11:29 PM | Report abuse

Real Obama

He has no experience - we know that!
He has no princpal - we know that!
He is media/liberals created bubble - we know that!

This is the newest "change" postion on principal. No matter how his supporter are tyring to spin this. This shows BHO's character.

I don't care about the policy difference, color difference. age difference or party difference. I do care principal, character, honour which BHO is lacking but John McCain has.

IRAQ is not a popular issue, McCain knows that!
Stick to Public Financing is a disadvantage to McCain, McCain knows that!
A lot of McCain's views are not popular to the right of Rebuplican, McCain knows that!

He choose that because he believes that's right position. You can blame him a lot thing - McCain is a man of honour!

Show us your honour, Mr. Obama!

Posted by: LC | June 21, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

The public finance system is dead. There is no reason for taxpayer money to finance McCain. Congress also should lift all limits on personal contributions so Obama's supporters like me can show him all of the love we have for him. There is no reason why there should be any limit on how much I can give to O. Speaker Pelosi and Majority Leader Reid, I hope you will pass a law letting us contribute even more to Obama and other Democrats. We love you. Yes we can. Yes we will.

Posted by: Teri | June 20, 2008 11:09 AM | Report abuse

John McCain's son Andrew is a Director of Silver State Bancorp that has been named in two complaints alleging conversion, breach of fiduciary duty, negligence, fraud and civil RICO claims.

www.webofdeception.com

Posted by: Robert Lewis | June 20, 2008 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The purpose of public financing is to get the lobbyists and special interest PACs out of the campaign, and out of politics in general. The rich and powerful have dominated Washington for decades. During the past year, the Obama campaign has revolutionized politics by financing the majority of its campaign through small-donor contributions. Obama has gone one better than public financing. The millions of small donations he's received represent the democratic process at its finest - Obama's message is getting through to the grassroots and we're responding.

McCain, on the other hand, manipulated the public finance system during the primaries, using the funding as collateral for a large loan, then opting out of public financing when there were not enough members of the FEC to enforce the rules he had broken. McCain will, of course, claim that he has taken the high road. The fact that lobbyists and special interests dominate his campaign is proof enough that he's beholden to large corporations, not the American people.

Posted by: bam | June 20, 2008 10:32 AM | Report abuse

...and how many times has McCain the so called maverick flipflopped that people are now calling him McSame? McCain doesn't have a shread of intigrity or decency.

Posted by: Playa | June 20, 2008 10:31 AM | 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 are afraid. Scared little people like Charles Krauthammer find comfort, cold comfort but comfort nonetheless in the Mc-nasty mind-set of the Republicans.

Well there you go: you exchange cold comfort for change.

(I have always wanted to use that line)


Posted by: shrink2 | June 20, 2008 10:21 AM | Report abuse

McBush (or McFlipper, if you prefer) would take money from individuals in the sums that Obama is getting, but NOBODY IS FUNDING HIM! That is the ONLY reason that McBush is taking public funds. Just another example of his hypocracy.

McBush has been in favor/against off-shore drilling, in favor/against torture, in favor/against tax cuts, and on and on and on.

But the problem is not that he is OLD, it is that he is OLD and wrong on almost every issue. And, if you want to see how he will run the countyr, just look at how his campaign is run, or more correctly, not run.

Posted by: swanieaz | June 20, 2008 9:18 AM | Report abuse

I was duly impressed with the mean-spirited posts of Obama's followers during the primaries compared to those of the Clintonites.
robert17

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Can you or will you not take off the rose colored glasses? Or do you not read these blogs?
At any rate... Ms Clinton is gone for now.
Give it a rest.

Posted by: easyenough | June 20, 2008 8:51 AM | Report abuse

McMaverick has completed the transformation into Bush III. He passed the final test...lecturing another in a self-righteous fashion while committing a worse sin himself and being completely without self-awareness. See FEC ruling on his primary financing shenanigans in which the FEC tells him his activities are probably illegal.

Posted by: FiddleDeeDee | June 20, 2008 8:41 AM | Report abuse

You need not choose between 2 undesirable candidates: John McCain and Barack Obama. No one is forcing you to vote for one or the other.

Exercise your right to express your political views to Washington. Write "Hillary Clinton" on the voting ballot in November.

Posted by: reporter, USA, http://theclearsky.blogspot.com/ | June 20, 2008 2:01 AM

***************************************
Give it a rest. No one is that stupid.

Posted by: Greg | June 20, 2008 8:33 AM | Report abuse

I just read every comment here and I am stunned. I am liberal, and admit I frequently think that socially liberal people are probably brighter and better educated. So I am the typical leftist pseudo-intellectual snob. Maybe.
Read these posts. EVERY single right/conservative post has egregious errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax. The remarks on the left are uniformly cogent and correctly spelled. Is this really a contest of smart v. uh, not smart?

Posted by: RobinHoodlum | June 19, 2008 11:27 PM

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How impressed are you with Jim's compulsive smear postings? I was duly impressed with the mean-spirited posts of Obama's followers during the primaries compared to those of the Clintonites. Most posts I see on WaPo that are made by confirmed Obama supporters seem to be made under the assumption that an ad hominem is an argument. Yours walks a very fine line in this regard.

Posted by: Robert17 | June 20, 2008 8:19 AM | Report abuse

Go Get Him Johnny Mac! As Pathological Liar
braindamaged by Obama's Cocaine Snorting
has finally exposed how two faced,lying
phony big fraud the Obamafools Messiah
Barack Hussein Obama really is finally!
Yep "Flip Flop! Barack Obama is exposed for
the two face liar and liberal extremist
black radical screwball that some of us knew all along here,that Barack Hussein Obama and his phony "Change We Can Believe
In" were a Phony FALSE HOPE and BS! NOBAMA!

Posted by: Sherry Kay | June 20, 2008 8:15 AM | Report abuse

I suggest that any discussion of this issue is not complete without at least some reference to John McCain's use of his wife's corporate jet, which, albeit technically legal, is an example of the "broken" system that gives the candidate with greater personal wealth (or wealthier spouse)a huge advantage.
(See NYT 4/27/08: "McCain Frequently Used Wife's Jet for Little Cost" and 5/10/08: "McCain Plane Still Flying."

The article concluded: "Mr. McCain has said his campaign's method of reimbursing his wife's company for the plane is legal, and no one disputes that. But critics have argued that Mrs. McCain is effectively subsidizing her husband's campaign because either she or her company has to make up for the difference between what his campaign pays for the jet's use and what it really costs to operate it."

Apparently, Obama is too decent to say, "My wife didn't inherit $100 million, and doesn't own a corporate jet. So when my campaign needs to travel, we have to pay full price." But this is the type of thing the media should take note of, before they set to helping McCain bash Obama.

On the larger question, "Is Obama being hypocritical?" Perhaps, but only to the extent that any smart politician is going to exploit every legal advantage. (See, e.g., McCain+wife+jet)

MCain's problem is, when the RNC and GOP 527s start bashing Obama and his family and friends and any distant cousins and casual acquaintances who may have once said something arguably anti-American) -- and you know they will -- it's going to give Obama the perfect opportunity to say, "See what I mean?"

Posted by: Joe O'Connor | June 20, 2008 8:08 AM | Report abuse

You know whats really funny to me today? Early yesterday the campaign talk was about National Security...pretty complelling as that is a grave concern for most Americans. Now today the talk is about campaign financing...not so compelling. I have to give the Obama campaign credit for successfully shifting the attention to something way less meaningful, I'd say that was pretty crafty, whats even more crafty is that they got the McCain campaign to fall for it. A smart person would have said "Senator has agreed to forego public financing but lets lose sight of whats really important in this campaing and that would be the issues that are having a devasting effect on the American public. Seems to me Senator Obama is beating the old crew at it's own game.

Posted by: OkeDoke | June 20, 2008 7:31 AM | Report abuse

McCain's got his panties in a wad. HA! HA!

Posted by: Roy | June 20, 2008 7:13 AM | Report abuse

This is so sad....Americans really do hate each other and all because of two politicians who probably don't give a damn about them and care more about their own ambitions and wallets. If America is the last best hope on earth, then please launch me to somewhere else in the Galaxy.

Posted by: JustVisiting | June 20, 2008 7:06 AM | Report abuse

McCain isn't fooling anybody. He weighed his options and decided that accepting public financing was in his best interest. That was his motivation. Same as Obama who reached a different conclusion and is in this to win. The rest of this is nail biting and show boating.

Posted by: Sara B. | June 20, 2008 6:37 AM | Report abuse


These attacks coming from the man who was for public funding in the general election before he was against it, and now is for it once again, since he can't back out of public funding, because there aren't enough commissioners on the FEC board (thanks to President Bush) that would allow him to back out of public funding.

Trust me; I'm as confused as you are on John McCain's stance.

Posted by: Hello | June 20, 2008 6:33 AM | Report abuse

JOHN MCCAIN'S ORIGINAL STANCE ON USING SMALL DONATIONS TO FUND A CAMPAIGN:

VAN SUSTEREN: But haven't they sort of, for lack of a better words, the richer candidates right now, whether it's rich because they got it on the Internet or for whatever reason -- haven't they sort of found a way to get around the campaign finance?

MCCAIN: No. First of all, again, the presidential it's matching funds, and our legislation did not address the presidential primaries. But second of all, I think it's wonderful that Howard Dean was able to use the Internet, $50, $75, $100 contributions. That's what we want it to be all about. We want average citizens to contribute small amounts of money, and that's a commitment to a campaign. So I'm for that. I think it's a great thing. I think the Internet is going to change American politics for the better.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,109187,00.html

Posted by: associate20 | June 20, 2008 4:53 AM | Report abuse

So much for a candidate expected to put strong values and principles over pragmatic politicking. Barack Obama once again reminds the American public what exactly it takes to be a Chicago politician. He has clearly learned well from Richard Daley and Rod Blagojevich.

Meanwhile, John McCain has abandoned virtually all semblance of "moderate" from his record, his only redeeming, appealing quality to what I believe is a fundamental part of the electorate.

In an election that promised such a different approach to the presidential status quo merely a few months ago, this election is eerily reminiscent of 2004: a pair of mediocre politicians whose constituency will be comprised presumably of voters opting for the lesser of two evils.

Posted by: DC | June 20, 2008 2:56 AM | Report abuse

This is just a wasteed effort by Sen. McCain. I'm almost completely certain that if he could raise the amount of money that Sen. Obama is likely to have for the campaign he would opt of of public financing as well. And I really think the republican nominee should be careful about pointing out changes in his opponents positions given his sea change over the last 18 month on a myriad of issues. His crying fould regarding Sen. Obama may backfire and bring more scrutiny of his own lack of candor and honesty when it comes to his pronouncements.

Posted by: Youngj1 | June 20, 2008 2:51 AM | Report abuse

Wait, the man who cheated on his wife and dumped her is talking about "TRUST"???????????

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Ole Hillarity is out of the race, in case you hadn't heard.

Posted by: LetthemdrinkCrownRoyal | June 20, 2008 2:08 AM | Report abuse

McCain couldn't wait to squawk his guts out in that North Vietnam prison so he could get favorable treatment. I woonder how many of his fellow captives paid the price for what he said, and I wonder how much it hurt our war effort there. But the Republicans never talk about that.And he has commercialized his war captivity from the day he got home.He constantly stretches everything just a wee bit, so everything has a partial truth in it, but in the end, that is the mark of a professional liar. And Cindy McCain is a pathological liar , too.

Posted by: I give, I give, UNCLE | June 20, 2008 2:06 AM | Report abuse

You need not choose between 2 undesirable candidates: John McCain and Barack Obama. No one is forcing you to vote for one or the other.

Exercise your right to express your political views to Washington. Write "Hillary Clinton" on the voting ballot in November.

Even if she does not run as an independent candidate, you should still write her name on the voting ballot. By law, the state goverment must report the percentage (of votes) given to each person -- including an unofficial write-in candidate. The aim is for Fox News and CNN to report the following percentages of the popular vote.

1. 50% Hillary Clinton
2. 30% John McCain
3. 20% Barack Obama

Such strong support will essentially make Clinton the de-facto president of the United States. Before President John McCain initiates any policy, he will unofficially seek the approval of Senator Clinton.

Read "Hillary Clinton as an Independent Candidate" @ http://theclearsky.blogspot.com/#8706393981159671199 .

Posted by: reporter, USA, http://theclearsky.blogspot.com/ | June 20, 2008 2:01 AM | Report abuse

Wouldn't the Republicans just love it when the Democrats are much more popular and have all kinds of donors lined up for Obama to limit the amount that he can spend while all those rich jerks in the Republican hit squad spend millions, tens of millions on vicious 527 ads. Go For It Obama!!! We got yer back , baby.

Posted by: majorteddy | June 20, 2008 1:59 AM | Report abuse

Very few people seem to grasp the fact that Iran didn't shelve It's nuclear weapons program in 2003 because it found the task to be to difficult or that it was afraid of American reaction or that it was against Islamic values or that it couldn't afford to fund the program.It stopped the program because it didn't need it it anymore.If the U.S.and/or Israel attack Iran,they will find out why the Iranians didn't need the program any longer.

Posted by: Hail To The Chief | June 20, 2008 1:48 AM | Report abuse


He took financial and real estate favors from Tony Rezko, then ran for President and discovered Rezko was a crook.

He attended Rev. Wright's church for 20 years, then ran for President and discovered Wright espoused hateful views.

He promised to take public funding for his campaign, then ran for President and discovered public funding is no good.

He became President, got on-the-job training, and discovered he was wrong about many things.

We can hardly wait.

Posted by: WylieD | June 20, 2008 1:23 AM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REBaXQfTTn0


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


Release your complete Military Records, Old Songbird McBush.

What are you hiding, Old Songbird McBush?

This might provide some clues.

http://www.usvetdsp.com/jan08/mccain_military_record.htm

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:56 AM | Report abuse


- Obama pledging to take public campaign financing.

- Obama announcing he will not accept public campaign financing.

- Obama in his church with Rev. Wright.

- Obama delivering a speech distancing himself from Rev. Wright.

- Obama behind closed doors in San Francisco, speaking to wealthy, privileged contributors about the delusions of the little guy in Pennsylvania.

-Obama bowling with the little guy in Pennsylvania.

- Obama decrying corrupting influences in politics.

- Obama cutting a real estate deal with Rezko.

- Obama exhorting us to care for each other.

- Obama donating less than 1% of his income to charity.

So which Obama do I vote for?

Posted by: WylieD | June 20, 2008 12:53 AM | Report abuse

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

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REBaXQfTTn0

Release your complete Military Records, Old Songbird McBush.

What are you hiding, Old Songbird McBush?

This might provide some clues.

http://www.usvetdsp.com/jan08/mccain_military_record.htm

Google these to learn more about OLD Traitor Hot Tempered McBush:

McCain Affairs
McCain Songbird
McCain Womanizing
McCain Mafia
McCain Infidelity
McCain Flip Flop
McCain Mob
McCain Keating Five
McCain Temper
McCain Traitor
McCain Hero
McCain Organized Crime
McCain Adultery
McCain Military Record
McCain Manchurian

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:45 AM | Report abuse

http://blog.case.edu/conservativemovement/2008/01/29/john_mccains_top_ten_temper_explosions
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; www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHoXkCprdL4)

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 12:41 AM | Report abuse

For those conservatives that had trouble answering the multiple choice question. The correct answer was: C. Miami

Posted by: Jim | June 20, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Sen. John McCain on Tuesday laid out his plans for strengthening democracy and U.S. influence in Latin America, vowing to extend free-trade pacts throughout the region and to continue isolating Cuba until the communist-ruled island frees political prisoners and allows multiparty elections.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/europe/la-na-mccain21-2008may21,0,2227231.story

Let's see if the McCain supporters learned something in the last hour or so... Can you guess where John McCain was when he said that?

A. Cleveland
B. Boise
C. Miami
D. Montreal

Also from the same link ...

"McCain described his Democratic rival, Sen. Barack Obama, as willing to sit down with Cuban President Raul Castro without preconditions. McCain said that would "send the worst possible signal to Cuba's dictators" by removing the pressure for fundamental reform in exchange for better ties."

Let's think about that for a minute ... "send the worst possible signal to Cuba's dictators" ... What could the worst possible signal be? Like the Castro[s] might stay in power longer than 50 or 60 years?

Is everyone aware that the US military meets with the Cuban military EVERY WEEK of EVERY YEAR? What signal do you think that sends to the Castro government?

How many times has Cuba mounted a military invasion against the US? How many times has Cuba tried to assassinate the President of the US?

Shall we ask it the other way around?

Posted by: Jim | June 20, 2008 12:37 AM | Report abuse

Good job, Obama. OLD Songbird McBush is quivering,

Learn more about Old Songbird McBush.

Google these and tell your friends to read about them.

McCain Affairs
McCain Songbird
McCain Womanizing
McCain Mafia
McCain Infidelity
McCain Mob
McCain Keating Five
McCain Temper
McCain Traitor
McCain Organized Crime
McCain Adultery
McCain Military Record
McCain Manchurian

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:27 AM | Report abuse


"Sen. Barack Obama reversed his pledge to seek public financing in the general election yesterday, a move that drew criticism from adversaries and allies alike but could provide him with a significant spending advantage over Republican rival John McCain."

- Washington Post, 6-20-08

Well, if confers a big advantage, then the heck with promises.

Barack Obama, change you can believe in.

Posted by: WylieD | June 20, 2008 12:24 AM | Report abuse

Republican John McCain says there will be no new taxes during his administration if he is elected president.

''No new taxes,'' the likely GOP presidential nominee said.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/mccain/799767,CST-NWS-mccain18.stng

Thank goodness the GOP electorate has the memory of a fruit fly. That's a winning pledge.

I wonder if he would promise to commit suicide if there were new taxes.

Sure. Why not.

Jim

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:14 AM | Report abuse

McCain's $5,000 Promise
May 1, 2008
His new ad only tells half the story of what his health proposal could mean for U.S. workers.
Summary
McCain says in a new TV ad: "Let's give every American family a $5,000 refundable tax credit" to buy health insurance.

Sounds good. But McCain failed to mention how existing employer-sponsored health benefits would be affected.

• Workers would be taxed on the value of any employer-paid health benefits, partially offsetting the $5,000 credit for those now covered by such plans.

• Experts say a tax credit plan like this would likely cause companies to reduce or eliminate health benefits for their employees.

The aim of the McCain plan is to reduce health care costs through increased competition, by encouraging individuals to shop around for health insurance and medical care. There are many who favor such an approach, and we take no position on it one way or the other. But McCain's simplistic ad misleads viewers by promising to give "every American family" a $5,000 benefit while failing to mention what he would also take away.

http://www.factcheck.org/mccains_5000_promise.html

Straight shoot'in John McCain. ... Well, half straight.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Yeah right. Any criticism coming from a man who is unwilling to leash his clan AND wife is supposed to impress me.

I'm sure Lieberman can arrange the financing of a few more 527s. In the mean time, we are going to burry you with CITIZENS' DOLLARS.


Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:06 AM | Report abuse

Speaking in Houston, "the oil capital of America," US Sen. John McCain, the apparent Republican nominee for president, endorsed ending federal embargoes of offshore drilling, temporarily removing federal taxes on gasoline, and the increased construction of nuclear plants to help reduce high energy costs.

http://www.ogj.com/display_article/332007/120/ARTCL/none/GenIn/1/McCain-promises-'bold'-energy-program/

Great. That's what France did! I like a GOP candidate that follows in the footsteps of France.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 20, 2008 12:00 AM | Report abuse

My friends, let's start with some straight talk: I will not play election year politics with the housing crisis. I will evaluate everything in terms of whether it might be harmful or helpful to our effort to deal with the crisis we face now.

I am prepared to examine new proposals and evaluate them based on these principals. But I think we need to do two things right away. First, it is time to convene a meeting of the nation's accounting professionals to discuss the current mark to market accounting systems. [...]

We should also convene a meeting of the nation's top mortgage lenders. Working together, they should pledge to provide maximum support and help to their cash-strapped, but credit worthy customers. --- John McCain

http://thinkprogress.org/2008/03/25/mccain-housing-speech/

Wow! He'll convene meetings! Now that's something special. Nothing like having the leader of the only super power on the planet convene meetings of accountants.

I wonder if he'll make sure women accountants are there as well.

Jim

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:54 PM | Report abuse

"I assure you, with confidence, at the end of my first term you will see a dramatic increase of women in every part of the government, in my administration," McCain said. "I look you in the eye and I promise."

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/2008/06/mccain-promises.html

What did a McCain supporter say on this blog ..."McCain the real deal".

How about McCain ... Panderer in Chief

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:41 PM | Report abuse

When asked for his reaction to a potential Democratic takeover of the Senate in the November 7 [2006] elections McCain had a snappy response.

"I think I'd just commit suicide," McCain told reporters, to accompanying laughter from Republicans standing with him. "I don't want to face that eventuality because I don't think it's going to happen."

http://www.nationalledger.com/cgi-bin/artman/exec/view.cgi?archive=5&num=9196

Presumably, McCain didn't keep that promise.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:36 PM | Report abuse

Republican John McCain vowed today that if he's president, Osama bin Laden will be either killed in combat or executed --

http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2008/06/bin_laden_will.html

Sounds a lot like "Wanted Dead or Alive."

Go McBush!

Republicans fall for that stuff every time.

Jim

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:31 PM | Report abuse

McCain is an old joke literally and figuratively...

what a whining wimp.....boo friggin hoo !!!!

Posted by: unc1dmo | June 19, 2008 11:28 PM | Report abuse

I just read every comment here and I am stunned. I am liberal, and admit I frequently think that socially liberal people are probably brighter and better educated. So I am the typical leftist pseudo-intellectual snob. Maybe.
Read these posts. EVERY single right/conservative post has egregious errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax. The remarks on the left are uniformly cogent and correctly spelled. Is this really a contest of smart v. uh, not smart?

Posted by: RobinHoodlum | June 19, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Re: Imagine what it is liked if OBAMA changes his mind and uses Quoran in his swearing ceremony. DON'T YOU DEMOCRATS LOOK REALLY STUPID? - by Centreville

Not nearly as stupid as you look right now.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:26 PM | Report abuse

Imagine what it is liked if OBAMA changes his mind and uses Quoran in his swearing ceremony. DON'T YOU DEMOCRATS LOOK REALLY STUPID?


Posted by: Centreville | June 19, 2008 10:51 PM

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Obama is a Christian, why would he use the Koran?

Centreville, you need to quit tap dancing in bathroom stalls waiting to go down on Larry Craig.

You RepubliCONs look stupid when you bring up old subjects that have been proven wrong time and time again. Then when you can't even write legibly or spell, that's just more proof of how stupid you are. John McCain is a third Bush term.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 11:21 PM | Report abuse

Another odd thing about McCain. He's said he'll never surrender in Iraq. Then how come he surrendered in Vietnam....

Ohhhhhh..... that was when his own life was on the line. If it's some other GI's life on the line that's ok. If it's John McCain's life, he's a surrender monkey.


Jim

Posted by: Jim | June 19, 2008 11:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain is Bush running for a 3rd term. At least Obama represents change. McCain will continue with Dubya's policies of giving to the rich first and everyone else can go to hell.

Posted by: Michael | June 19, 2008 11:16 PM | Report abuse

Let's see if I got this correct. McCain wants to cut Federal Spending and he's going to start by using tax dollars to pay for his campaign.

I guess he's for cutting Federal spending unless it goes in his own pocket. Sounds about right for the right.

Jim

Posted by: Jim | June 19, 2008 11:10 PM | Report abuse

Imagine what it is liked if OBAMA changes his mind and uses Quoran in his swearing ceremony. DON'T YOU DEMOCRATS LOOK REALLY STUPID?

Posted by: Centreville | June 19, 2008 10:51 PM | Report abuse

Vote

Posted by: Centreville | June 19, 2008 10:48 PM | Report abuse

Sooooo,

How often does "Barry" have to convert his "Donations" to US Currency?

Can you pay for Campaign Staffers, with Euros? ;~)

What about Dinars? Pesos? Rubles? Yen?....

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 19, 2008 10:46 PM | Report abuse

Is McCain for or against McCain-Feingold?

I do know that McCain was against the tax cuts for the wealthy before he was for them.

One thing we know about John McCain is that we can count on him to tell you want you want to hear.

I hear in North Carolina they're running the bumper sticker. "McCain, the Great White Hope."

McCain is a leader, except when he couldn't get the North Carolina GOP to stop running a political ad about Rev. Wright. If his own party won't follow him who will?

Jim

Posted by: Jim | June 19, 2008 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Let's see what are the lessons of Barak's "new politics"?

1. The ends justify the means- you can vaguely represent that you are for one policy or even make promises (finance) or speeches (NAFTA)and then reneg on what you said

2. Words speak louder than actions- even if you're record shows that you have done little about an issue (Iraq) since you have been in an actual position to influence it- if you speak nicely people will forget and it doesn't matter

3. Do onto others what you accuse others of doing on to you- play the race card on HRC and accuse her of playing it; name call "confused", "McBush" McCain and then accuse the other side of name calling.

4. Make the truth fit your world- if 52% of your money comes from bundlers (generally corporate, lobbying, etc.)- but 1.5 million small donors gave to you- you can present yourself as a man of the people while you depower the finance system set up to equalize spending (the one that you put the $1 checkoff on your taxes for...for those who think we will solve the debt with this money- it is outside the budget)

5. If all else fails- blame the woman. Everyone knows what this one is about.

6. Know when people in the party have no other choices and have to vote for you. I never felt so stuck with a candidate.

Leon

Posted by: NYC Leon | June 19, 2008 10:33 PM | Report abuse

McCain is such a liar. His puppeteers have given him that words to warp and twist reaity while they manipulate the law to allow rupug dollars to roll in.

Posted by: Doug | June 19, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone notice that NO MONEY came from his party?!?!?! Look at ever other candidate! Every Candidate had party support or some kind of support other than individual support. This means that Obama is getting money from UNKNOWN SOURCES. About 1 Million People, but No Party Money, He had none himself, No PAC Funds, No Public Funds... Who are these Mystery Funders?!?! There are 6.4 Billion People in the World; you have to ask yourself if they're from here... We don't know if they are from here! I DEMAND TO SEE PROOF OF CITIZENSHIP OF EVERY DONOR!!!

Federal Election Commission

http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/mapApp.do?cand_id=P80003338

Jeremiah Wright Influence
(20 Years x 52 Sundays = 1,040 Sermons)

Posted by: Not a Pawn to MEGABOMB (Obama)! | June 19, 2008 10:27 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Skeptical
McCain also backed out of public financing, except this is during the primaries. Also a liar.
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McCain backed out to use his own money and to take loans that he has to repay. Get it right at least. The sock puppet (aka Obama) did it because Soros and his ilk to him to do it. Obama won't even own his sole after this election. He lies like we are deaf, dumb and blind. Well, we aren't and this is just one more nail in his coffin.

Posted by: obiewan | June 19, 2008 10:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain is not too bright about Economics. That much is pretty OBVIOUS!

Hence, NOBODY who has deep Pockets and is being Fleeced by the bad Economy is too inclined to want to throw Good Money, at someone Bad!

This is VERY unfortunate considering the Republican's have always Banked on the support. But, the RINO McAmnesty does not have the REPUBLICAN Interests in his Goals.

HE, wants to try to win by being a Fence Straddling Middle of the Road kind of Fool!

Someone needs to get the Foolish Old Man out of the Middle of the Road!

By taking a Sharp RIGHT Turn!

Mitt Romney, WOULD bring excitement to the Ticket. Many People WOULD feel a real Reason to want to get a Business Genius into the White House!

Especially, other Businessmen! ;~)

BUT, Again, the RINO, does not even seem to have that much of a clue about Business!

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 19, 2008 10:19 PM | Report abuse

Can America be Bought? Is it for Sell?

Does anyone know that the D.N.C. (Democratic National Convention) does NOT mandate the reporting of donations under $200.00? MegaBam (Obama) has kept a list of all of his under $200.00 Donors and has given the list to his Super Delegates has a condition of their support. When these Superdelegates (Same old greedy politicians) run for re-election, well now they have a list of Donors they can use to finance their campaign... MegaBam (Obama) is a Hustling Thug!

I believe that to be president you shake hands and have a level of Business Etiquette you MUST follow. I would like to see the "Same Old Politics" that made America what it was, not the same greed perpetuation of a Street Hustling Thug like the "No Plan Man" Obama.

Federal Election Commission
http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/mapApp.do?cand_id=P80003338

Posted by: Not a Pawn to ObamaCons! | June 19, 2008 10:15 PM | Report abuse

Well, we finally have proof that Obama has been bought and paid for by George Soros and the special interests. How much more do we have to see before it is any more clear that Obama is just a sock puppet for the hate America, socialist, Marxist, racist, wacko, far left, liberal fringe groups like MoveOn.org? I saw this months ago and everything Obama does, and says, proves it. It is why he needs a teleprompter to communicate because then he doesn't have to think. He just reads what the puppet masters feeds him. It is also why Hillary is out because she refused to be a Soros sock puppet.

Posted by: obiewan | June 19, 2008 10:12 PM | Report abuse

Obama backed out of a pledge on general public financing. Fine, he's a liar.

McCain also backed out of public financing, except this is during the primaries. Also a liar.

The American public should realize that this is the NORM for politicians. A politician that has never changed his/her mind and/or lied is impossible. Both McCain and Obama are not at fault for lying....it's what they do.

Sort of like how Dianne Feinstein is all for the environment.....up until it affects with her district (read up on Hetch Hetchy)

Or how Reagan called the Soviet Union evil....yet still went in with negotiations.

Posted by: Skeptical | June 19, 2008 10:09 PM | Report abuse

O'Bomba-Nation SAID he was going to go with Public Financing;

But, that "Changed"! ;~)


George Soros is a MUCH better source of Finances! :-)


Soooooo, How much is that "Empty Suit" in the Window?


Dimocrats! LOL! :-D

Posted by: SAINT---The | June 19, 2008 9:57 PM | Report abuse

Obama is a hypocrite. McCain is the real deal.

Posted by: dl | June 19, 2008 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Why do we keep seeing the McBush thing. Anyone who has done any research knows that McCain is not Bush. Quite the contrary. I applaud McCain's position on using public funds. Accepting private funds opens a candidate up to private infuence and paybacks and that is something that McCain has a long record of opposing. Let's level the funding playing field. Why is Obama afraid of this?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

Chris Fox, Speaking of piss ... some day I'd like to go to your funeral to pour some fine brandy over your grave ... but would you mind to much if I drank it first?

Posted by: Phackyou | June 19, 2008 9:29 PM | Report abuse

McCain stands for nothing that Hillary stands for. If you angry at Obama but to vote for McCain is to vote against what Sen Clinton represents.

If I am wrong there will be one person who will give you a logical reason to vote for McCain.

McCain lacks content so that no one who has any sense will tell you why to vote for him.

Posted by: G8tr | June 19, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

"I really didn't love America until I was deprived of her company."
John McCain
March 2008 == Faux News
On the Campaign Trail 1999-2000 forever.

Posted by: straight talk my a** | June 19, 2008 9:04 PM | Report abuse

If you are the ones who do not want to see Obama in the Whitehouse, pleased don't write in Hillary. That's a wasted vote. Vote for McCain. The desire to choose a more moderate politician as our next president, McCain is a better choice than Obama.

Posted by: GY | June 19, 2008 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I didn't vote for Bush. I voted against Bush, twice, becasue Bush is a radical right-winger.

I am a Democrat, but I am voting for McCain this time.

McCain is not Bush. McCain is much more moderate. Equating McCain's election as the third Bush term is totally rediculous.

If the Democrats want to put one of our own in the white house, we need to get away from the extreme-left politicians like Obama. Perhaps in 2012, we can go back to a more centrist Democratic nominee.

Posted by: GY | June 19, 2008 8:49 PM | Report abuse

Daddio on the Paddio wrote: I have two words that explain Obama's private financing arrangement: GEORGE SOROS
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Daddio, I have three words to disprove your argument:
Federal Election Commission
http://www.fec.gov/DisclosureSearch/mapApp.do?cand_id=P80003338

Posted by: JohnD | June 19, 2008 8:42 PM | Report abuse

So now its okay to be just another politician and take the expedient course. Tell me again why he is supposed to be a better choice than Hillary. Oh yeah, he has no experience.

I'm writing in Hillary.

Posted by: Sittin Bull | June 19, 2008 8:38 PM | Report abuse

The way public financing works is a joke in the first place; . . . And they call someone who contributes $200 a big contributor?!!! . . . . . give me a break.

But you cannot / should not separate Michelle Obama's statements away from Rev. Wright, because it's the pattern stupid. . . . . . . . . Michelle has obviously been listening to her pastor.

Posted by: Coldcomfort | June 19, 2008 8:36 PM | Report abuse

Try www.moveon.org

where can we contribute to 527's against Obama?

Posted by: charlieb | June 19, 2008 6:29 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

I liked McCain as a tough guy, independent. But, now whining about "it ain't fair", he's put himself in a "hole" next to "big No. 8 shot" cheney and "wmd w"

Posted by: Will | June 19, 2008 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, FC?

Posted by: shrink2 | June 19, 2008 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey shrink2, were you on FC?

Posted by: Chris Fox | June 19, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

The shame of being the next villiage idiot pushed forward by the oil men.

Tell me why you people who voted for Bush are going to vote for John McCain. Not the Obama is worse argument. We have a belly full of Obama is the devil yadda yadda.

Bush voters, you people who pulled the lever for Bush, tell us why McCain is your guy?

***crickets***crickets


Posted by: shrink2 | June 19, 2008 7:54 PM | Report abuse

I have two words that explain Obama's private financing arrangement: GEORGE SOROS

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 19, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I like what Chris said. McBush ain't worth spit.

Posted by: Daddio on the Paddio | June 19, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

In past elections I never donated more than $25. This time I gave Obama $500, one C-note at a time, and that was just the primary.

As for McCain, I wouldn't piss on him if he was on fire and begging.

Posted by: Chris Fox | June 19, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

These ultra-conservatives, like McCain, are just whining about this because they're upset about Obama's popularity. These conservative scoundrels are sad they can't fundraise as much as Obama - and they're trying to take it out on him. It's so ridiculous. Their idiocy just makes me want to donate more money to Obama's campaign. If you'd like to donate too, just visit Senator Obama's website at this URL (even $10 can help a lot) -
http://www.BarackObama.com

Posted by: Allen | June 19, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

WylieD: John McCain gets his money from big oil through Clayton "lie back and enjoy it" Williams. Can you top that?

Posted by: JohnD | June 19, 2008 7:32 PM | Report abuse

One man said that McCain flips so much, he'd be an expert at flipping hot cakes!

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Talk about being desperate. By the way, I plan on maxing out to Obama in the next few weeks. You are welcome to contribute to your candidate. My guess, you don't even contribute a dime, so don't complain.
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Mc Cain has a right to decry the rejection of public financing by Obama. His funds will mainly be hidden from view now and not subject to financing laws. Obama will be shaking down people left and right now. He'll try to buy the election with superior money power not because he is a better candidate. I think this presidency if Obama is elected will be about mob politics. Anyone who objects to him or what he wants to do, will soon be targeted and harassed by millions of supporters who will decry disunity in the camp. Millions of people who travel lock step to the same drummer no matter what is happening and only refer to his words for inspiration. Scary.

Posted by: Lynn E | June 19, 2008 7:05 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

1.500.000 PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO STAND UP AGAINST CORPORATIONS

STOP THEM !
DRILL INTO YOUR POCKETS AND VOTE HALLIBURTUN !!

Posted by: John Mc | June 19, 2008 7:19 PM | Report abuse

Hey Lynn E are you nuts? Have you ever heard McCain speak? You say OBAMA is a weak candidate?

On the contrary, he's got organizational skills like we have never seen; he's getting tons of donations and he emerged from obscurity and beat Hillary Clinton.

He's going to do JUST FINE.

And John McCain is headed out to pasture!

Posted by: Chris Fox | June 19, 2008 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Anything that Obama does is fine with me.
BLOODY JOHN represents the Neocons. He is carrying their water.
That must not happen.
He must not appoint Supreme Court justices as directed by Neocons.
He must not conduct foreign affairs as directed by the Neocons.
He must not spy on American dissenters as directed by the Neocons.
He must not politicize all decisions, appointments, promotions and communications as directed by the Neocons.
If he jumped OLD BLOODY JOHN and whupped his ice, that would be fine with me.
I will vote for him (OBAMA) NO MATTER WHAT.

Posted by: Tomhere | June 19, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

Flip flopper Obama gets a lot of his money from "bundlers" so enough already with the small donor cliches. He's no different from any other politician, just has some superficial polish and the media love for him.

Posted by: John | June 19, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

McCain should get his money the way Obama does, from wealthy leprechauns.

Posted by: WylieD | June 19, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Mc Cain has a right to decry the rejection of public financing by Obama. His funds will mainly be hidden from view now and not subject to financing laws. Obama will be shaking down people left and right now. He'll try to buy the election with superior money power not because he is a better candidate. I think this presidency if Obama is elected will be about mob politics. Anyone who objects to him or what he wants to do, will soon be targeted and harassed by millions of supporters who will decry disunity in the camp. Millions of people who travel lock step to the same drummer no matter what is happening and only refer to his words for inspiration. Scary.

Posted by: Lynn E | June 19, 2008 7:05 PM | Report abuse


McCain should get his money the way Obama does, from King Coal.

Posted by: WylieD | June 19, 2008 6:56 PM | Report abuse

Hey WylieD, how come nobody donates to Gramps McSame?

Posted by: Chris Fox | June 19, 2008 6:55 PM | Report abuse

McCain should get his money the way Obama does, from Big Labor.

Posted by: WylieD | June 19, 2008 6:52 PM | Report abuse

Obama gets donations enough to do without public money.

McCain doesn't get the donations because his candidacy does not inspire. Of the 62,000 who MAXED their contribution to Bush the Lesser in 2004 only 5000 have donated to McCain AT ALL. Nobody but nobody is excited about John McCain.

For Reagan, for Bush the Greater, even for Bush the Lesser, Republicans would chant the candidates' names until they were red-faced and wet-eyed and stuporous. Nobody even goes to listen to Baghdad Market John.

As for his attack on Obama, it just makes him "sound like" a loser. Oh, wait, he is one.

Posted by: Chris Fox | June 19, 2008 6:50 PM | Report abuse


McCain should get his money the way Obama does, from George Soros,

Posted by: WylieD | June 19, 2008 6:47 PM | Report abuse

He does, from a thousand Tony Rezko types.


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McCain should get his money the way Obama did, from Tony Rezko.

Posted by: WylieD | June 19, 2008 6:31 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Lets fact it, if Mccain thought he could raise the money Obama can he would do it also and we would not even be talking about this. The Mccain campaign is inept and basically wants Obama to give him a spot so to speak. Screw Mccain, let him learn how to play the game in the 21st century. Essentially he is saying he is too stupid to compete and yelling foul, I don't think is a very good tactic. I plan on maving out soon on Obama. Let Mccain keep doing his silly town hall meetings to like 200 people that no one cares about if he thinks that is a good strategy and let Obama run his campaign. Do we need a president who said he didn't even know how to turn on a computer? That is what Mccain said. What else doesn't he know how to do? Again, Screw him.

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Obamaa has broken his word. In this case it would be foolish to do otherwise. I am for Obama but I would hate to see him go back on his word and accept a Clinton health care plan. It would mean that he will not be cautious in his spending. We need health care spending but we need other spending also and he must limit waste if he is going to get broad based support. He promised to work with Republicans and that is another promise he must not break.

McCain has changed his stance on torture, ethically it was as important as Obama's switch on campaign finance and it was done for far less political gain.

Breaking promises is part of politics. I don't want to see it become a regular occurrence.


Posted by: Gator-ron | June 19, 2008 6:16 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse


McCain should get his money the way Obama did, from Tony Rezko.

Posted by: WylieD | June 19, 2008 6:31 PM | Report abuse

Republicans would very much like to have Barack OPbama in the same position after the Democratic Convention that they had John Kerry. Then they can trot out their 'He's a Musiim educated in a madrassa' drivel and hope Obama does not have the funds to counter their slander. It is all they got left and Obama is not falling for it.

Posted by: Bob Malone | June 19, 2008 6:30 PM | Report abuse

Both Kerry and Bush opted out of public financing in 2004. According to CommonCause.com, the presidential public financing system is outmoded and in need of reform--hence candidates opt out of it. Before Obama's announcement, it was already predicted that both candidates would choose to fund their own races.

In case it's not obvious, candidates would make a "big, big deal" out of their opponent's decision to put cream in their coffee. The rhetoric is one-size-fits all. Do you research, people.

Posted by: Sarah | June 19, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

where can we contribute to 527's against Obama?

Posted by: charlieb | June 19, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

maybe karma will come back against Senator Obama...you shouldn't lie

Posted by: cbl | June 19, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

What a liar Senator Obama has become. Wow, how things "change". He is no different...he's the worst kind to call a leader. "Typical Politician"

Posted by: kt | June 19, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

McCain needs the money. Obama has many supporters contributing to his campaign. He does not need the Public finance. McCain supporters do not contribute to his campaign at the rate Obama supporters contribute. Obama is the best candidate and he will be America next President.

Posted by: lclon | June 19, 2008 6:18 PM | Report abuse


"Must you post that two candidates that have given so much to this country are liars and cheaters?"

Two? McCain and who else? Clinton is out of the race.

Posted by: WylieD | June 19, 2008 6:17 PM | Report abuse

Obamaa has broken his word. In this case it would be foolish to do otherwise. I am for Obama but I would hate to see him go back on his word and accept a Clinton health care plan. It would mean that he will not be cautious in his spending. We need health care spending but we need other spending also and he must limit waste if he is going to get broad based support. He promised to work with Republicans and that is another promise he must not break.

McCain has changed his stance on torture, ethically it was as important as Obama's switch on campaign finance and it was done for far less political gain.

Breaking promises is part of politics. I don't want to see it become a regular occurrence.


Posted by: Gator-ron | June 19, 2008 6:16 PM | Report abuse

No, what has happened is Obama has rewritten the book on financing a campaigning. The bigger question is, why hasn't Mccain learned a thing of two in the last 8 months as Obama was reinventing the system. Instead Mccain wants Obama to go back to the 1960's way of doing things like him. Didn't Mccain say he didn't even know how to turn on a computer. Do we really need this kind of leadership. Mccain is just an old fool unable to adapt and wants Obama to give him a break for his own ineptness. Screw Mccain, let him get up to speed, this is the 21st century. We don't need antiques like Mccain around anymore.

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Obama's new campaign slogan:

"HYPOCRISY WE CAN BELIEVE IN"

Posted by: | June 19, 2008 5:20 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:48 PM | Report abuse

The McCain camp does fund-raising the honorable way.. they get their money from hired bundlers, lobbyists and party officials in private meetings.

That is wayyyy better than raising money openly in public.

Posted by: steve boyington | June 19, 2008 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Is there any civil discourse left in this great country? Must you post that two candidates that have given so much to this country are liars and cheaters? Must you resort to that level of rhetoric? Why can you not look to the differences in the candidates' positions, and debate them in a civil manner. "McSame" and "Obama's a liar" don't advance the discourse at all.

Posted by: disillusioned | June 19, 2008 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry about it, John. It is just one of a series of lies necessary for election. He will stay in Iraq just as you would. He will pursue free trade just as you would. The only difference is that he will swell the deficit more than you would.

See ya back in the Senate. See if you can help there is some way other than forgoing earmarks.

Posted by: Ed | June 19, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we need to get pearls for the media to clutch as the gasp at the fact that Obama isn't going to take public financing.

HORRORS! A Democrat with money! And he's spending it to beat up on Mr. 180 and the rest of the idiots in the Republican Party.

You ladies in the media need to get some smelling salts. You're going to faint when we read Lieberman out of the Democratic Party and kick Hoyer's worthless ass to the curb.

Posted by: Kelly | June 19, 2008 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Sen. McCain said, "[Sen. Obama] said he would stick to the agreement. He didn't."

Um, what agreement? Did McCain mean to say, "Sen. Obama said he would discuss coming to an agreement"?

The only agreement I know about is the one the McCain campaign signed when they used the public financing money as collateral for a loan to save their campaign.

Posted by: JohnD | June 19, 2008 5:41 PM | Report abuse

What a crock! McCain has done 180's on virtually all the major campaign issues, without a word - and Obama gets nailed on this???? What an absolute crock of crap. Why no mention of McCains capitulation on the public financing? I'm tired of listening to the old man screaming at clouds - I've literally tuned him out. He's not a viable candidate and is definitely not presidential material. McCain - nothin' but a spineless panderer with no convictions or principles. The maverick has been neutered by the gop.

Posted by: JDB | June 19, 2008 5:36 PM | Report abuse

McCain, must have loose bearings on his straight talk express bus!!He has changed his mine on everything, from immgration to the Iraq war now he wants Sen. Obama to cut-off supporters from his campaign, John Mccain has been eating too many Cindy McCain Cookies.

Posted by: gtalkspolitics | June 19, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

BooHoo! BooHoo!, the mean Obamaman won't play the mcBush game(s). Poor mcBoosh, no one will donate, can barely fill a school gym for a rally while that bad Obamaman rents out some NFL stadiums to overflow and has ads running day and night on the major networks. BooHoo!, BooHoo!, BooHoo! Maybe there won't be a WWIII in Iran, afterall.

Posted by: Will | June 19, 2008 5:29 PM | Report abuse

Obama's new campaign slogan:

"HYPOCRISY WE CAN BELIEVE IN"

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Hey nobama, the way you keep churning out what FOX news has so helpfully prepared for you and the GOPbots, I should think to hear you reciting tv commercials too!

What, no comments about Rev. Wright or flag pins? You've got to do better than that!

Posted by: fromage | June 19, 2008 5:19 PM | Report abuse

"John McCain was tortured in a Vietnamese POW camp and did not betray his honor or his county."

You are wrong on this one, my friend. He now supports the use of torture. In my book, that is not honorable, to himself or his country.

How many true GOP really want public financing and campaign spending limits? None... only McCain.

Posted by: steve boyington | June 19, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama's campaign is being financed by the public.
The intent of public financing is that a candidate not be beholden to special interests in the form of large donors. When you raise millions of dollars from small donors, you are fulfilling the intent of this particular campaign finance reform.

Posted by: nm reader | June 19, 2008 5:16 PM | Report abuse

Obama has always been Obuyme, just ask Rezko

Posted by: Sidle | June 19, 2008 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Just another lie from a con man. Obama has got the wool pulled over the eyes of his young and naive supporters. So sad really. You guys have no clue.

Here's something for you to do kiddies...go back and read a little history (yes the world did exist before 1985) and read about a certain president by the name of Carter. See what his politics and his horrible performance did to this country, try to learn something. Then compare his ideas with those of Barrack Obama. See if you can find any differences. Look at terms like Windfall Profits Tax, and defunding the military, and alternative energy sources. See if anything looks familiar.

Obama would be the second term of Jimmy Carter...one of the worst leaders this country ever had the misfortune to have.

After you see this reality, if it makes you feel too bad you can go drink down your yummy Obama Kool Aid and all the bad thoughts will leave your empty little heads.

You had better save some though...you're going to need something to drink while you wait in the gas lines, or in the unemployment line.

Posted by: NoBama | June 19, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Here's McBush on now derailed "Straight Talk Express"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w_Ve2j0Dzuc

Posted by: derailed “Straight Talk Express” | June 19, 2008 4:52 PM | Report abuse

A smart move by Obama, to forego the outmoded style of "public" federal funding for his campaign...though honestly this was not really any sort of revelation. What did Obama raise during the primaries? Close to $280 million?

The Obama campaign has found great success with grassroots organizing and fundraising and using the internet to help mobilize for both of those aspects of a presidential run.

Look at it like this: one candidate helped create and hone a successful strategy and is continuing to use it. Another candidate will pout and holler about the other candidate being unfair. So, who of these two candidates should be president?

Posted by: Piter | June 19, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Obama never made any such promise and McCain knows it. This article is bs, and Obama will point that out shortly.

Why should Obama let Replican swift-boar 527s with unlimited funding define him?

Answer, he shouldn't, and he isn't.

Posted by: sendrail | June 19, 2008 4:43 PM | Report abuse

John McSame has not only said he would accept public money but then BROKE THE RULES and accepted private funds as well. Why that isn't making a big deal for all you hypocritical republican morons is beyond me.

NOT to mention, McSame not only BROKE the RULES, he MADE THE RULES. So stupid.

At least Obama didn't BREAK the rules, at least he was honest and forthright about wanting to smash McSame's pathetic little "[it] dosen't really matter" campaign.

You people need to grow up and realize that McSame has already LOST. BWahahahah!

Posted by: RepublicansRHypocrites | June 19, 2008 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Look, if your candidate is Obama, you have to concede that Barack took the money and ran. He chose cash over principle. So what. Any smart politician, especially a lawyer, is going to do the same. Everyone talks about a sea change, a slam dunk year for the Democrats, a can't miss year - well, even in these times Barack chooses the cash. You gotta love it! Black, white, bi-racial - the only color that ever matters is green. Ain't that right Rev. Wright! All safe and protected from those black gang members and poor mob types in Chicago - all safe and protected by gates and alarm systems and white cops - among his true kind, the rich.

Brand Obama is tarnished by Barack the man once again. Betcha he wishes he could disallow voter petitions again like in the old days.

Posted by: David | June 19, 2008 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States...get used to the idea...it's coming. The Year of Jubalee.

Posted by: A.Lincoln | June 19, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

McSame can whine all he wants but Obama is not going to listen to a morally-bankrupt GOP lecture him on where his money is going to come from. If McSameBush wants real debate, he must be willing to tell us why he retracted his early criticism of Tax cuts that favor the rich....the list is inexhaustible. Sen. Obama is getting his money from people like me. The real public. Why take PAC money McSame OLD-a$$ of a man? Huh? Take your case to the public instead of LOBBYISTS you little jerk. GOPers have become so morally bankrupt that whatever case they try to make to American people will not be considered worth a dime. Continue whining while rolling in the money from PAC and lobbyists. Obama knows his stuff and will gladly and appreciably take my money because I am the public...damnit.

Posted by: CHE | June 19, 2008 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Flip Flop Obama now backs spying on Americans.

Flip Flop Obama now backs funding the Iraq War.

Flip Flop Obama rejects his own campaign finance reform.

Just another polished turd.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Can the McCain campaign go one day without whining? Geez. They're beginning to sound like . . . Democrats!

Posted by: freerider | June 19, 2008 4:31 PM | Report abuse

bama can not be trusted!!!

If you LIE
YOU will STEAL
If you STEAL
You will KILL

HE is not ready for the Presidency. He needs to go back to the southside fo Chicago and repair the damage he left behind.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 4:15 PM

****************************** You got to be kidding. You guys are really desperate. Talking about lying an killing. How may soldiers were killed?

Posted by: Greg | June 19, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Both McCain and President Bush were in Iowa today, although McCain campaign officials made clear the visits were not coordinated and the pair would not be in the same area.

What a coward. Afraid to be seen anywhere near Bush. If he claims he is not Bush, prove it be being seen together. Maybe McCain is a clone of Bush. MAYBE THEY ARE ONE. I wonder what they did with the original McCain. Maybe hes tied up again.

Posted by: CONCERN | June 19, 2008 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Obama can not be trusted!!!

If you LIE
YOU will STEAL
If you STEAL
You will KILL

HE is not ready for the Presidency. He needs to go back to the southside fo Chicago and repair the damage he left behind.

Posted by: Ebonyflash | June 19, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

I just got an e-mail with a recorded message from Barack stating he is not accepting public funds. I love the way he uses the internet. He is today, McBush is yesterday. He is also asking for donations. I made mine for the second time. Thats how much I believe in Barack Obama.

Posted by: Greg | June 19, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Senator McFlipFlop dares to comment about someone changing their mind about an issue. Talk about hypocrisy!!! McFlipFlop either changes his mind each day, forgets his stance on an issue or forgets what the issue is. He has no credibility in this regards and had better back off. The Old, Old, Old, OLD Fart!!!!!!!

Posted by: Denise | June 19, 2008 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Mccain shouldn't talk about flip flopping because he's the King of flip flops. He is pandering to the Right Wing Lunatics and has changed his position on every issue that made him the maverick he once was. Now he's accusing Obama for breaking his promise. Obama has never promised Mccain he would accept public financing. Obama check it off on the public financing questionaire but at the bottom in small print he reserved the right to choose. The DNC has filed law suit against Mccain because he was trying to opt out of public financing. If Obama didn't have the right to opt out why hasn't the RNC file suit against Obama? Thats because he reserved the right to choose. Its not Obama's fault that Mccain can't read the small print just like he can't read the large print on the teleprompter. Mccain needs to stop crying and do what he said he would do and stop lying about Obama.

Posted by: Sherry | June 19, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Get off my lawn you crazy kids! Don't make me put my bath robe back on and come from behind this sliding screen door and spill my lemonade. Cindy, get my bee bee shooter, I'll learn those pesky kids.

Posted by: Petey | June 19, 2008 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Another day, another broken promise. Senator Obama says one thing and does another...NAFTA, Iraq, public financing...just like a weather vane in a windstorm.

Posted by: SickandTired2 | June 19, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

It isn't a 'big big deal', though McCain's shift, now essentially toeing the Republican Party line, is. Let's hear him on integrity again, while examining his record.

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:54 PM | Report abuse

John McCain was tortured in a Vietnamese POW camp and did not betray his honor or his county.

Barak Obama was enticed with lots of money and went back on his word and his avowed beliefs.

Posted by: Obama is a hypocrite.and a coward | June 19, 2008 3:49 PM | Report abuse

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Wonder what is behind Guiliani fundraising for McCain now, hm.... Hey does anyone know that without pledged delegates, can Guiliani still vie for the GOP nominee slot? Or VP slot? Especially in anticipation of McCain's health falling apart before or soon after the convention? Wonder if the reason Guiliani dropped out of the race in March is because of the media's glare into his pal Bernie Kerik's criminal trial that has a penalty of 140 years in prison if convicted? He might have committed a series of real Moo-Moos!! Interestingly, there has been no coverage since then... People say if you put a little moustache under Guiliani's nose, given his receding hairline and large forehead, he closely resembles Adolph Hitler. They've even referred to him as "Hitler Guiliani" especially when he was NYC Mayor. Perhaps the biggest fraud pertuated with Guiliani is his 'tough cop' reputation given his 24/7 micromanaging every square inch of the city because then the question remains, why did 9/11 occurred on his watch? There are a couple of speculations that he might have known about 9/11 and looked the other way or was part of the orchestration of it behind the scenes, hm.... Dunno what to think, do you?

Posted by: Anonymous | June 19, 2008 3:46 PM | Report abuse

McCain who is gaming the public financing system, with his loan during the primary. Mr McCain is a shameless joke.

McCain is just jealous because know one wants to fund his pathetic campaign to continue George Bush's policies.

Posted by: Julian | June 19, 2008 3:42 PM | Report abuse

This issue is not going to be the silver bullet for John McCain.

No matter what Obama said he would do, the McCain campaign is living in a fantasy world if they thought Obama was going to trade in over 300 million dollars that they have raised for 84 million dollars in public financing. That would be like a poker player with four aces discarding two of them.

They are also living in a fantasy world if they think they can make a political issue out of Obama deciding to opt out of public financing because it is just "inside the beltway" stuff that will no resonate with the average American.

Also, anytime McCain brings up the issue of public financing it reminds his supporters about the McCain-Feingold law. McCain already has a problem with generating enthusiasm among his supporters. The call for the end to the ban on offshore drilling helps but it is still a problem that becomes more of one when McCain-Feingold is more of an issue.

McCain is already behind the eightball on financing. Obama will outspend him by at least three to one.

Having these technical arguments over public financing do little to help his cause.

Posted by: danielhancock | June 19, 2008 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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