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-- -- welcome back Barack Obama drawing criticism after announcing yesterday that he is forgoing public financing for his general election campaign.
The McCain campaign is now accusing the senator of flip flopping.
Obama campaign communications director Robert Gibbs joins us.
Right now so Robert good morning is that good -- India looks like a flip flop what is it.
Look at what Senator Obama didn't early last year when the McCain campaign.
Was talking about how the system was broken and talking about opting out of that broken system.
Was sent an opinion to the FCC.
That left open the option.
Four remaining in the public financing system if the candidates could agree.
To close the -- -- -- loopholes that allow party committees rate and unregulated 520 sevens to spend hundreds of millions of dollars.
Essentially on behalf of the candidates.
-- respected -- sat down with each other it was painfully obvious that the McCain campaign had no desire to regulate those groups in fact just last week.
Said he can't be refereed to all the ads that these groups are gonna run.
It left us little decision but to leave the public financing system.
And what we've established an air campaign basically is the public financing system.
We've had more than a million and a half people give three million contributions 91% of which are a hundred dollars or less right.
And and Robert Robert yesterday.
-- -- candidates said well you know or opt out because the system is broken the way it is right now.
But what -- different today than four months ago when he said you know we're gonna make this work.
Well this this system is broken I think even.
The people that have written the law that sets up the system have acknowledged that the system is.
-- I'm sure you've you guys have written stories are reported stories about how.
The Republican National Committee sits on fifty million dollars more than -- Democratic National Committee does today.
And we all Harken back to the 2004 campaign where we talk about.
One they have not a man that was run about President Bush surplus Senator Kerry right but a swift boat -- run by -- swift boat veterans.
That was used that was paid for with unregulated.
Un mass of the -- amassed -- 527 groups that's he had been affected that campaign.
We're making sure that those groups still -- -- the voices of millions and millions of Americans.
Who have contributed 5102550.
Dollars to our campaign to see change come to Washington guy I can understand that mr.
Gibbs however it is moveon.org.
On behalf of your candidate who's been taking a shot to John McCain -- Well look we have said throughout this campaign we said this last year we've said this this year.
That if people want to get involved in this campaign where we believe the best and only way to do that is to get involved in -- campaign.
A five point seven group that was supposed to back progressive causes recently folded largely because we had told our donors -- -- -- not to participate -- but instead -- participate in our campaign.
We want everyone to participate in the system but to do it through the respective campaigns not through shadowy group I understand all right Robert Gibbs from the Obama campaign we thank you sir for joining us live.
Thank you for having me what we've.
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