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Well here's what's developing in the race for the White House Barack Obama announced this morning he is now opting out a public campaign financing.
This of course after he really shattered every fund raising record that he -- -- into this campaign season taking in more than.
Million dollars through April when -- get both sides responses from both campaigns right now let's start with the Obama campaign.
Speaking out yeah it means they have the senator Dick Durbin the senate and -- majority whip an Obama supporter he of course is from the great state of Illinois senator thanks for being here.
If you know what the McCain camp has said this morning Barack Obama promised he was going to be in this system he has broken the promise.
What's the response.
That's not true the bottom line is that John McCain for seven months.
Has been using.
Contributions from wealthy people to finance general election campaign.
For seven months he's been running television organizing his general election campaign he has been restricted by any kind of limitations on spending.
And now he was put a limitation of Senator Obama.
Let me just tell you that Senator Obama has -- -- the book when it comes to financing campaigns.
First he said no special interest money no lobbyists no -- money.
And secondly he's turned to -- million and a half contributors three million contributions.
Across the United States to build the largest broad based grassroots campaign financing that we've ever seen in America.
So he's really behind reform ensuring that he can do it.
Senator Durbin I know you're -- expect this quote coming matchup but I like to get your response because it does involve you and it's quote from but for the constituents -- but it's called in in June of 06 and this is from Senator Obama you're with him he says well I strongly support public financing and I know senator Dick Durbin does too.
He's gonna have some things to say about that because we were having as -- -- all the major debates around lobbying reform.
One of the things that Dick I think properly pointed out was that you can change the rules on lobbying here in Washington.
But if we're still getting financed primarily from individual contributions that those with the most money are still going to have the most influence that was two years ago.
And I can tell you that Senator Obama is a cosponsor.
My public financing bill for congressional senate campaigns and also was -- cosponsor with Russ Feingold on the bill to change the presidential campaign financing.
And Senator McCain hasn't cosponsored either one of them.
But the point that -- made in the point that I would make too is that his campaign has changed the rules that don't have voluntarily.
They just don't take the special interest money from the lobbyist in the -- They've really reached out to America.
And I think that a million they have people come around with contributions averaging around 88 dollars 200 dollars.
Says that the big money that used to dominate campaigns and may still dominate the McCain campaign just to be part of Obama's up.
Senator Dick Durbin Democrat of Illinois Obama supporter obviously senator thank you for being here wanna get the other side now frank on a tally is with us.
He's senior advisor to John McCain frank and let you respond to what senator had to -- -- -- thanks very much you know as the song by The Who goes meet the new boss same as the old boss.
Every day Senator Obama morphs into a typical Washington politician.
This is not just an idle promise that he made one day.
He said this again and again and again going back two years that he believed in the public financing system.
And he challenged his Republican opponent if he became the nominee.
To work within it well he has a Republican nominee that's willing to work within it and he just walks away from it.
On the it shows very very bad judgment.
And it shows a willingness.
To treat short term political considerations.
Ahead of what we thought was a promise that he had made.
-- his campaign says this morning that they did try to talk to McCain campaign about this and basically.
Disarm both parties and then McCain campaign that's -- that discussion wouldn't go far enough for them.
Well I don't quite know what they're talking about Senator McCain has said again and again that he hoped that.
Both candidates will move forward at least in the fall in terms of public funding.
-- just you know based on what senator had to say.
It's one thing to take private funds in a in a primary situation.
Where the primaries get longer there's more and more primaries.
Why I just wonder how Senator Obama feels about being the first general election nominee since Richard Nixon.
To not take the private funding in the fall.
Frank bottom line does this issue and that's resonating with voters some of them might look at Obama and say hey why not he's got -- -- you know voters who are getting small amounts he truly has changed fundraising.
-- I change it it resonates to this extent.
Senator Obama has set himself apart as a new breed of politician.
Somebody who didn't play by the typical Washington rules.
I don't know what's more typically Washington and breaking a promise for short term political advantage.
And sadly he's done that today can more fallout on this to come up frank -- tally thanks to you as well in front side.
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