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McCain campaign says Obama opting out of public financng shows he is "just another typical politician."


McCain campaign statement.....

ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today released the following statement by Communications Director Jill Hazelbaker concerning Barack Obama's announcement that he will not participate in the public financing system:

"Today, Barack Obama has revealed himself to be just another typical politician who will do and say whatever is most expedient for Barack Obama.

"The true test of a candidate for President is whether he will stand on principle and keep his word to the American people. Barack Obama has failed that test today, and his reversal of his promise to participate in the public finance system undermines his call for a new type of politics.

"Barack Obama is now the first presidential candidate since Watergate to run a campaign entirely on private funds. This decision will have far-reaching and extraordinary consequences that will weaken and undermine the public financing system."



ARE YOU LISTENING AND WATCHING, all you elder DNC, super delegates, Kerry, Kennedy, Edwards, Gore and Howard Dean? This is your nominee, the King of Spin. You will be held accountable for your lack of judgement , to the Democratic party.


Grampers needs to concentrate on more stealthly running his own contemptable, lobbyist-smothered, double-speak campaign from the well-healed depths of beer baroness Barbie's purse before the FEC makes that run-ending decision on his campaign funding case. Just because that story is not getting much ink in the papers these days does not mean that Gramps' campaigning is so far above all scrutiny in this race. Grampers the Hugely Disengenuous is just mad-crazy jealous that his internet illiteracy has cost him the ability to raise more than a couple nickels online. So, he can put a lid on his feigned disappointment and selfrighteous indignation.

Obama vowed to investigate and negotiate his use of public funding, and he did that, finally deciding he could swiftboat the GOP funded 527 swiftboaters far more effectively without both his hands being tied behind his back to one of his feet by the tethers of public funding. If all you griping sanctimonious right-wingers and embittered Clintonistas had bothered to check that little box on your tax forms to donate $3 to this Presidential run, maybe it would have been worth Obama's while to consider public financing. But, when Obama can pull five times as much privately donated cash in 30 minutes as public funding can guarantee for the whole election season, he'd be a bigger fool than his detractors think he is to even think about public funding. Not even grasping-at-straws Grampers can genuinely fault Obama for that.

Own it, if the shoe were on the other foot, Grampers knows good and doggone well he would have made the very same choice. But, it ain't. Obama is in it to win it! Still, we shouldn't have to endure Grampers' sullen sour grapes because he's headed back to Arizona in November.

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