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

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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)

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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)

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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)

OBAMA'S "PRESIDENTIAL" SEAL

Last Week, The Obama Campaign Unveiled A "Presidential" Seal For Use At Campaign Events:

Obama Unveiled An Official-Looking Seal "Deliberately Reminiscent Of The Official Seal Of The President." "At a discussion with a dozen Democratic governors in Chicago on Friday morning, each of the governors was identified with a small name plate but Senator Barack Obama sat behind a low rostrum to which was attached an official-looking seal no one had seen before. It is emblazoned with a fierce-looking eagle clutching an olive branch in one claw and arrows in the other and is deliberately reminiscent of the official seal of the president of the United States ." ( John M. Broder , "The Great Seal Of Obamaland?" The New York Times' "The Caucus" Blog, thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com, 6/20/08)

"But Barack Obama's Crowd Has Decided Not To Wait For Any Of The Formalities Like A Presidential Election, An Inauguration Or Even A Nomination, Which He Still Hasn't Actually Officially Won Yet." ( Andrew Malcolm , "Barack Obama Gets His Own Nifty Great Seal," Los Angeles Times' "Top Of The Ticket" Blog, latimesblogs.latimes.com, 6/21/08)

But After Widespread Criticism, Obama's Campaign Claimed The Seal Would Only Be Used Once:

"A Presidential Seal Graphically Altered With Symbols Representing Barack Obama's Campaign Of Change Was Just For One-Time Use And Will Not Be Used Again, A Spokeswoman For The Democrat's Campaign Said Monday." ( Sara Kugler , "Obama Campaign Says Altered Presidential Seal Was For One-Time Use, Will Not Be Seen Again," The Associated Press, 6/23/08)