RNC: This Week in Change III

Obama Continues His Trend of Adopting the Most Politically Expedient Position on Important Issues WASHINGTON , July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being issued by the Republican National Committee: (Logo...


Obama: "It looks to me that the D.C. handgun ban overshot the runway. That it went beyond constitutional limits." (Bloomberg's "Taking Stock," 6/26/08)

But Throughout The Primary Campaign, Obama Expressed Support For The D.C. Gun Ban:

Obama Campaign: "Obama Believes The D.C. Handgun Law Is Constitutional." "[T]he campaign of Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama said that he '...believes that we can recognize and respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and the right of local communities to enact common sense laws to combat violence and save lives. Obama believes the D.C. handgun law is constitutional.'" ( James Oliphant and Michael J. Higgins , "Court To Hear Gun Case," Chicago Tribune, 11/20/07)

During An Interview, Obama Acknowledged His Support For The D.C. Gun Ban. Questioner Leon Harris : "One other issue that's of great importance here in the district as well is gun control. You said in Idaho recently -- I'm quoting here -- 'I have no intention of taking away folks' guns,' but you support the D.C. handgun ban." Obama: "Right." ( Leon Harris and Sen. Barack Obama , Forum Sponsored By ABC And Politico.com, Washington, DC , 2/12/08)

PUBLIC FINANCING

Obama Claimed He Had Been Consistent On The Issue Of Public Financing:

Obama Said "There Just Hasn't Been A Lot Of Contradiction" In Regards To His Public Financing Position. Reporter: "Senator, back to your decision on public financing. It was widely criticized as being a flip-flop and/or broken promise. Do you accept this characterization as fair, and are you concerned that the decision might jeopardize your credibility on other pledges you've made during the campaign on issues like trade, health care and withdrawing troops from Iraq ?" Obama: "I think that the characterization of flip-flop was wrong, because if you looked at my statement, what I said was that we would try to work with the Republican nominee to preserve the option of public financing. ... So there just hasn't been a lot of contradiction there..." (Sen. Barack Obama , Media Availability, Chicago, IL , 6/25/08)

But Obama Referred To His "Pledge" With McCain To Enter Into Public Financing And Then Chose To Opt Out:

In November, In Response To A Midwest Democracy Network Questionnaire, Barack Obama Said He Would Accept Public Funding In The General Election. Question: "If you are nominated for President in 2008 and your major opponents agree to forgo private funding in the general election campaign, will you participate in the presidential public financing system?" Obama: "Yes. I have been a long-time advocate for public financing of campaigns combined with free television and radio time as a way to reduce the influence of moneyed special interests." (Sen. Barack Obama , "Presidential Candidate Questionnaire," Midwest Democracy Network, www.commoncause.org, 11/27/07)

But By June, Obama Declined Public Financing In The General Election, Calling It A "Broken System." "In a web video emailed to supporters, Obama asks his supporters to help him 'declare our independence from a broken system.' Of course, it's not so much a broken system that explains why he's passing on the FEC's $80+million. He will easily raise more than he could ever get in public funding." ( Jonathan Martin , "Obama Opts Out Of Public Financing," The Politico's "Jonathan Martin" Blog, www.politico.com, 6/19/08)

IMMUNITY FOR TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANIES INVOLVED IN TERRORIST SURVEILLANCE

During The Primaries, Obama Pledged To Filibuster Any Bill Which Contained Immunity For Telecommunications Companies Involved In Electronic Surveillance: