RNC: This Week in Change II - Obama Adopts Most Politically Expedient Position on Important Issues, Again

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Yesterday, The AFL-CIO Endorsed Obama And Begin Spending Millions Of Dollars In Support Of His Campaign:

The AFL-CIO And Its 56 Unions Endorsed Obama. "With just a few days left before June ends, there's a clear frontrunner for the month's least surprising political development -- the endorsement Barack Obama received today from the AFL-CIO. The massive conglomeration of 56 national and international unions -- comprising about 10.5 million workers -- steered clear of making a pick during the primary season because there was no consensus choice among the group's various affiliates." ( Don Frederick , " Barack Obama's AFL-CIO Nod Gives Him One More Potent Weapon," Los Angeles Times' "Top Of The Ticket" Blog, latimesblogs.latimes.com, 6/26/08)

The AFL-CIO And Its Member Unions Plan To Spend Over $200 Million In Support Of Obama's Campaign. "The AFL-CIO's endorsement will enable the federation to begin spending the $53.4 million it has budgeted for the election on voter-mobilization efforts for Sen. Obama, targeting union members through phone calls, mailings and visits to workplaces and homes. The federation's member unions plan to spend an additional $150 million through the fall on their own efforts." ( Kris Maher , "AFL-CIO To Endorse Obama, Start Spending," The Wall Street Journal, 6/25/08)

But Obama Has A History Of Criticizing Independent Expenditures, Including Last Week When He Broke His Promise On Public Financing:

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)

Obama: "I don't just talk the talk; I walk the walk. ... I've been doing this all my life..." (Sen. Barack Obama , Remarks At A Campaign Event, Oskaloosa, IA , 12/22/07)

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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)

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