(CNN) - John McCain criticized Barack Obama on Friday for appearing to backtrack from a previous commitment to accept public financing - and the spending caps that come with it - for his presidential campaign.
"He committed to it," McCain told reporters Friday. "So in direct contradiction to his rhetoric, he’s now saying well he may not do it. So facts are facts. Facts are stubborn things." "I repeat my commitment to public financing if he will, and I call on him to keep his commitment that he made a year ago, and not flip flop," McCain also said.
The Arizona Republican's comments are in reference to those made by Obama earlier in the day, when he called America's public financing system "creaky" and suggested it need to be updated in light of the rise of internet fundraising.
"I think that it is creaky," Obama said of the current system that is financed by $3 dollar check-offs in tax returns. "The amount of money raised through the public financing system may be substantially lower than the amount of money that can be raised over the Internet, which presents candidates then with some pretty tough decisions in terms of how they want to move forward if they want to compete in as many states as possible."
Obama has raised over $230 million from about 1.3 million donors on the internet since his campaign began last year. McCain has raised approximately $80 million in the same time period. Should Obama accept public financing, he would be granted $84 million by the federal government and would be unable to spend any more, according to the Associated Press.
Obama for president of Iran 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Clintons overpayed their taxes by 10% in line with Hillary's stance on reducing tax breaks for the rich. Obama took advantage of every tax break even though he claims he is for removing this tax break too.
The Clintons gave 10% of their income to charities like the Nelson Mandella fund. Obama gave $20k a year to his church under Rev. Wright that visits Lybia with Farakhan and preaches America is at fault for 9/11.
We see where Obama puts his money.
Then why vote for Obama? How bout this hit from march, "I wasn't in the pews when there was controversal statements made at trinity". Or how bout this knee jerking tune from april, "if it would have happened in my campaign I would have fired him"...hello nafta gate...did Obama fire his finance man...no. OH wait, he's the top hit ..."I promise to take public financing if the nominee"...or wait I'm not finished yet...."Toney Rezko only raised about $50,000.00 for me"....then he finally confessed after media pressure its was more like $250,000.00 wow big difference huh.....So you see your man is no different from anyone else....get over it Obamabots.
That's a good sign that John knows that Barack will be the nominee.
It is a little too early because Barack doesn't have the nominee, yet. But he will.
obama, obama, obama.......lies lies lies. You said one thing, now another. what else is new. and to think hillary gets a lot of crap for this. and why doesn't someone check into some of these big donors?? then no one would vote for obama. i am a democrat, but will vote republican rather than vote for obama!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Scared of Obama's fundraising, arn't you John?
Well let me play a little violin for you....
This financing has more holes than Swiss cheese, that's why McCain already broke HIS promise in the primaries!
Well, obviously McCain has some money raising problems! I understand where he's coming from, but let's be realistic. Obama should take advantage of his wide supporting base. He would be a fool not too!!!
Just tell your wife to sell a bit more beer....
Where are the Republicans–they have money. Get your money from them.
I'm just praying that John will keep talking about Bush's war, right up until November. Keep talking war, John. I'm lovin' it. If Afghanistan and Iraq isn't enough, throw in Iran, then maybe Korea, then maybe China. Just keep beating those drums.
i'd say that having over 1million people contribute to your campaign IS public funding.
McCain is a very sleazy candidate. First he broke the FEC Election Financing Rules by using pulic money ($4, 000,000) to secure a bank loan to finance his primary campaigns and then return the public funds. That is punishable under election laws.
This same McCain then turns around and calls Obama to accept public funding when he himself did not accept public funding!!!!!!
He is just afraid that Obama will best him in campaign money come November
Give your money to Obama – that way we black people can take over this country! This is great – white people voting for a black man and we have almost made it into the WHITE house. it makes me laugh that white people dont even see what they are doing and we will RULE this country when Obama wins.
So please my brothers give your money to Obama so black people can finally dominate white people!
Hmmm...a candidate who is NOT taking tax money for his own benefit??? I'm thinking this is a good thing.
What fool doesn't see that McCain is trying to limit Obama because of his inability to raise enough money to compete.
Don't hate him because he is organized, innovative, smart and winning!!
Did NOT Obama say that he would accept public financing IF and WHEN he won the democratic nomination and ONLY IF the Republican nominee agreed to do the same? Hello...old news.
Either chose 84 million or over 250 million? Simple answer if you ask me. McCain, let's debate over policy issues not how much people can spend on negative ads.
OBAMA IS A FALS PRIMADONA, SOCIALIST!
NOVEMBER, THERE IS NO CHANCE FOR YOU, PAPET!
THAT'S ONLY BECAUSE HE TRIED TO GET OUT OF THIS DEAL, BUT COULDN'T NOW HE'S MAD AND WORRIED BECAUSE OBAMA HAS AND WILL RAISE MORE MONEY THAN HIM.
Hey Obama supports, Agreements are Agreements. Remember Florida and Michigan?
Read MSNBC about Obama big donors. Obama is a crock.
Isn't raising money over the Internet open to every candidate? Hmmm... Is Obama doing something that is unavailable to other candidates, including McCain? I find it disingenuous
and laughable coming from McCain. A "fiscal" conservative such as McCain would "prefer" to lean on tax payer money. Come on. I laud his charge and efforts on campaign reform but find his position an oxymoron – campaigning as a Conservative using tax payer money. Maybe he's a little "c" conservative.
How can any fiscally conservative Republican, Democrat, or Independent honestly say we should stick to funding campaigns with tax payer dollars instead of opting for a new way that keeps the fundraising donations private and away from major lobbies.
Let's keep the "straight talk" straight and let me keep my hard earned money.
The Biggest Loser: Not Obama. But every American who believed in him when more of his truths come out.
DOES THIS SURPRISE ANYONE?..........................................................
OBAMA ALWAYS SAYS ONE THING AND THEN DOES ANOTHER!!!!!!!
HE LIES AND TALKS VERY NASTY ABOUT THE VERY PEOPLE THAT HE WANTS VOTES FROM!!!!!
HE BLOCKS PEOPLES VOTES!!!!!!
WELL MR. OBAMA YOU WILL NOT GET MY VOTE!!!!!!
I AM VOTING FOR HILLARY!!!!!!!!
I don't blame him. He can rase much more on the Internet. The earlier 'pledge' was not a committment.
Yeah, the system currently sucks. I NEVER check that box on the tax return; I only contribute to specific candidates.
Why would ANYONE donate to any random political figure? That's democratic suicide. Better join the 21st century, McCain, or you're toast.
Maybe Obama doesn't want to be tied down with the limits that comes with it. If the average americans are excited enough to fund his campaign what's wrong with that. Sounds like jealousy to me.
As an Obama supporter, I hope he does accept public financing and beats McCain anyway.