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...


Just Last Week, Obama Claimed He Was Breaking His Public Financing Pledge Due To The "Smears And Attacks" From "527 Groups." "It's not an easy decision, and especially because I support a robust system of public financing of elections. But the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who've become masters at gaming this broken system. John McCain's campaign and the Republican National Committee are fueled by contributions from Washington lobbyists and special interest PACs. And we've already seen that he's not going to stop the smears and attacks from his allies running so-called 527 groups, who will spend millions and millions of dollars in unlimited donations." ("Obama's Statements On Public Financing," The Associated Press, 6/19/08)

In The Democrat Primary, Obama's Campaign Attempted To Turn Independent Expenditures Into A Campaign Issue, Claiming "This Kind Of Politics Needs To End." "No outside groups have distributed mailers or run advertisements on Obama's behalf in New Hampshire , and Obama has attempted to turn that distance into a campaign issue. 'The case has never been clearer - this kind of politics needs to end,' Obama campaign manager David Plouffe wrote in a recent fundraising e-mail." ( Sarah Liebowitz , "Edwards, Clinton Bankrolled From Afar," Concord [NH] Monitor, 1/4/08)

Obama: "[Y]ou can't say yesterday, you don't believe in 'em, and today, you're having three-quarters of a million dollars being spent for you. You can't just talk the talk." (Sen. Barack Obama , Remarks At A Campaign Event, Oskaloosa, IA , 12/22/07)

NUCLEAR POWER

Obama In September 2007 : "I Don't Think That We Can Take Nuclear Power Off The Table":

Obama: "I don't think that we can take nuclear power off the table. What we have to make sure of is that we have the capacity to store it properly and safely, and that we reduce whatever threats might come from terrorism." (Sen. Barack Obama , MSNBC Democrat Presidential Candidate Debate, Hanover, NH , 9/26/07)

Obama In December 2007 : "I Am Not A Nuclear Energy Proponent":

Obama: "I start off with the premise that nuclear energy is not optimal. I am not a nuclear energy proponent." (Sen. Barack Obama , Remarks At Town Hall Event, Newton, IA , 12/30/07)

Obama In June 2008 : "I Don't Think That Nuclear Power Is A Panacea":

Obama: "I've said this before, I don't think that nuclear power is a panacea. But I also think that given that it doesn't emit greenhouse gases, for us to invest some R&D into seeing whether we can store nuclear waste safely, or reuse it. These are all areas where the market interacting with a clear set of rules by the federal government and billions of dollars devoted to research and development can, I think, trigger the kind of economic growth that we haven't seen in this country for a long time." (Sen. Barack Obama , Remarks At Meeting With Democrat Governors, Chicago, IL , 6/20/08)

DEATH PENALTY

Obama Stated Disagreement With The Supreme Court Decision Striking Down The Use Of The Death Penalty For A Convicted Child Rapist:

When Asked About Today's Supreme Court Decision Striking Down The Use Of The Death Penalty For A Child Rapist, Obama Stated That He Disagreed With The Decision. Reporter: "Senator, what's your reaction to the Supreme Court's decision today striking down the death penalty for a child rapist?" Obama: "I disagree with the decision. I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances, for the most egregious of crimes. I think that the rape of a small child, 6 or 8 years old, is a heinous crime. And if a state makes a decision that under narrow, limited, well-defined circumstances, the death penalty is at least potentially applicable, that that does not violate our constitution. Now, I think it's -- you know, had the Supreme Court said we want to constrain the ability of the states to do this to make sure that it's done in a careful and appropriate way, that would have been one thing. But it basically had a blanket prohibition and I disagreed with that decision." (Sen. Barack Obama , Press Conference, Chicago, IL , 6/25/08)

But In The Past, Obama Opposed The Death Penalty:

Running For The Illinois State Senate In 1996, Obama Opposed The Death Penalty. Question: "Do you support ... capital punishment?" Obama's Answer: "No." (Independent Voters Of Illinois Independent Precinct Organization 1996 General Candidate Questionnaire, Barack Obama Responses, 9/9/96)

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