June 22nd, 2008
04:04 PM ET
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Sunday Roundup: A battle of the 'flip-flops'

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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Days after both men reversed course on major issues, the presidential campaigns of Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. John McCain spent much of Sunday's talk-show circuit working to ensure accusations of "flip-flopping" don't stick.

Both sides tried to go on offense, with the Obama camp accusing McCain of "yet another flip-flop," on the issue of oil drilling and the McCain camp saying Obama broke his word on the issue of campaign financing.

McCain said he now supports lifting a federal ban on off-shore drilling that he once supported.

Daschle pointed to the issue, saying, "we're surprised at yet another flip-flop on the part of John McCain here."

But McCain's economic adviser Carly Fiorina, on CBS' "Face the Nation," argued that "a good leader is influenced by the facts on the ground."

Watch: McCain's 'false' claim, Obama's Pinocchios

She added, "We've never before faced a situation where the price of a barrel of oil has doubled in the last 12 months. So what John McCain has said is that we now need to take control of our own energy future." Watch more on the off-shore drilling debate »

When McCain announced his decision Tuesday, he said off-shore oil drilling could be part of a plan "in the short term in resolving our energy crisis." But many analysts argue any significant oil production gain would be years away.

On the issue of campaign financing, Obama announced Thursday he would not take public financing for the general election.

Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee, had long spoken in support of public financing, and when asked on a questionnaire whether he would accept public financing if the competition did, he answered "yes."

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  1. Mike Obama

    Its common Politician usually flip-flop. Beware, If ever a politician promises change he is bullying you. He thinks you are downright dumb and dish out anything at you. The only change we can bring to our lives is through our efforts and hard work. If you are lazy and dont want to work you can join socialist bandwagon and expect change

    June 22, 2008 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. Scott L

    What you fail to point out is that even though it is 5+ years for off shore drilling to kick in NOBODY else has a better plan. Obama bashing McCain for wanting this just bashes but has NOTHING more. Now he wants speculators to be dealt with, but Democrats tried this 2 weeks ago and it failed because of all the line items they squeezed into the bill.

    Yet Dems own House and Senate for past few years and your Dem leaders have done NOTHING for you people. Wake up and turn the tide back to Red. Only then can we get rid of all this garbage being introduced by so called "leaders".

    June 22, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Obama flip flopped with his church first he didn't hear those statements then he heard them. Second he flip flopped with the public financing, first he was for it now he's aganist it. Isn't flip flopping the same reason John Kerry lost the last election?

    June 22, 2008 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  4. Wisconsin

    Obama made a choice that was smart given the situation he was in, nothing more.

    Let the Fake Dems and the Republicans blast the hell out of the blog now ignoring that McWar has done the exact same thing more then a few times and even did it with campaign finances earlier this year.

    June 22, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  5. Gene

    Obama is right. It's all fine and good for McCain to complain about this because he knows that he can't possibly raise the kind of funding that Obama can.. but the fact is that McCain's got the 527's who are more than willing to spend hundreds of millions of dollars smearing Obama... while McCain uses his 80M for his straight talk express. If anything,... Obama is leveling the playing field... and even better.. not using YOUR tax dollars.. the tax dollars of people who may or may not support him.. to run his campaign. McCain's just mad that he doesn't have even a fraction of the support without lobbyists.

    June 22, 2008 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  6. I used to be a Democrat

    Obama is stuck with his flip-flop label, unlike McCain.

    June 22, 2008 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  7. jm from sc

    Campaign financing is not an issue that would affect the American people. Sen. Obama did what he will need to do as president of the United States. That is, make the best decision that will profit his cause. In this case, he could run a better campaign without being limited to a certain amount of money. The only reason Sen. McCain is worried about this is because Sen. Obama has raised much more money than he has. This is just another distraction to confuse the voters.
    Voters have much more to be concerned about in this election. We need to be concerned with things like climbing gas prices, high food prices, jobs, health care, recession and this Iraq war we are engaged in with no end in sight under a McCain adminstration. Besides, a candidate for president has a right to change his or her mind on an issue once considering all points of view.

    He who has never changed his mind about anything should cast the first stone.

    Obama 08!!!!!

    June 22, 2008 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. Fred C Dobbs

    On "Fox News Sunday," Tom Daschle, Obama's campaign co-chairman, argued that Obama "didn't break his word on this."

    Tom Daschle manages to stay one step slower than a slug.

    June 22, 2008 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  9. eam

    HE'S THE ONE USING THE SMEAR AND ATTACK. OBAMA IS SO FULL OF IT. TALK TALK TALK BLAH BLAH BLAH. WHY DON'T YOU TELL HOW MUCH THIS CHANGE YOUR TALKING ABOUT IS GONNA COST AND WHAT THET HELL ARE YOU GONNA CHANGE, HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE. YOU SEEM SO SURE OF YOURSELF, THE WAY YOU TALK OBAMA YOU WILL GET IT DONE IN YOUR FIRST TERM, I HOPE YOU DO CAUSE THAT IS ALL YOU WILL GET ONE TERM. AND HOPEFULLY NOT EVEN THAT. BEWARE OBAMAS GLOBAL POVERTY ACT. IT WILL MAKE AMERICA GIVE ITS MONEY AWAY WHEN WE NEED IT.

    GLOBAL POVERTY ACT = OBAMA

    GLOBAL POVERTY ACT = OBAMA

    GLOBAL POVERTY ACT = OBAMA

    LOOK IT UP HE WANT TO SEND OUR MONEY OVER SEAS.

    GLOBAL POVERTY ACT = OBAMA

    HE WANTS TO TAX US SO THAT THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES DON'T WANT HAVE TO DO FOR THEMSELVES. HE WANTS TO GIVE THEM OUR MONEY.

    GLOBAL POVERTY ACT=OBAMA=TAXING AMERICANS SO THAT THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES CAN LIVE OFF OF YOUR HARD WORK.

    June 22, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  10. jm from sc

    But McCain's economic adviser Carly Fiorina, on CBS' "Face the Nation," argued that "a good leader is influenced by the facts on the ground."

    The is an explaination of the change of heart McCain had regarding oil drilling in the US. I wonder why when Sen. Obama changes his mind after being influenced by the "facts on the ground," it is considered a flip-flop or a lie.

    Obama 08!!!!

    June 22, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  11. eam

    OBAMA = GLOBAL POVERTY ACT

    OBAMA= GLOBAL POVERTY ACT

    OBAMA=GLOBAL POVERTY ACT

    OBAMA=GLOBAL POVERTY ACT

    OBAMA=GLOBAL POVERTY ACT

    HE WILL CONDEM US TO A ONE GOVERNMENT WORLD, OBAMA IS PUSHING FOR A GOVERNMENT WORLD THAT IS HIS TRUE PLAN.

    OBAMA=GLOBAL POVERTY ACT

    June 22, 2008 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  12. jaylo

    Didn't Obama claim to be a different sort of politician?
    Don't his supporters spout endlessly about- a new sort of politics.
    Hmmm. Is this the kind of stuff they are referring to. I guess that was the premise of his candidacy. We know it wasn't experience. So, what is left? If I was an Obama supporter, I think I would be feeling duped.

    June 22, 2008 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  13. Travis_bdboy (in Canada

    I'm keeping score on flip-flops.....MCSAME WINS.

    June 22, 2008 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  14. Toot

    Just another one of Obama's flip flops. This is not the first and wake up America we getting ready to see all kinds of back paddling now!! Get ready for that bus ride where you will feel the skids marks every which way except loose!!
    No Obama!!

    June 22, 2008 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  15. Angela

    Obama broke his word on public financing because he has so many rich people to pay now to run his campaign. Public financing doesn't pay enough to cover the cost. He and his campaign make me sick!!!

    And it's called GREED!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  16. Steve

    I don't like what I hear coming out of McCain's mouth. It might be better if he doesn't say anything before running it by his advisors.

    June 22, 2008 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. A Democrat No More, California

    This is why I am no longer a democrat.

    June 22, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  18. Obama 2008!!!

    Republicans accuse Obama of fip-flopping because he won't take public financing. Obama will need more than 85 million dollars to fight of the scum bag republicans smears, attacks and lies. Plus, the republicans don't want Obama to put staff in all 50 states. This is not even an issue of flip-flopping. This is a smart move to win the presidental election. Of course the republicans want to make an issue out of declining public financing, they would love to limit Obama resources to fight back.

    June 22, 2008 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  19. Scott M

    It is too bad they are talking about who said what first instead of talking about and coming up with solutions on the real issues; ending the war in Iraq, rising unemployment, home forclosures, gas prices, and health coverage for everyone. It's time to stop the mudslinging and act presidential. The American public is tired of the same thing year after year and we can not afford to waste any more time.

    June 22, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  20. lisa

    mcbush is the one who cannot be trusted. he is a senile old fart who cannot defend his own record, so he attacks Sen obama. he's a sad old man.

    June 22, 2008 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  21. Phil, FL

    I promise to love and honor 'til death do us part. (In front of God and Man)

    Or 'til I meet a sweet young millionaire and current wife is heavy and disabled.

    Flip-Flop McShame. Flip-Flop Flip-Flop.

    He started a long time ago, and just can't stop.

    June 22, 2008 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  22. kathryn westgard

    This is Hillary. This has always been Hillary. The "haters" don't see it. Their bias blinds them to the work, the care, the solutions. I couldn't be prouder that I supported this states-person, this leader, this caring, fellow American. No glitz, just commitment and tireless work, work, work. Thank you for your wisdom, heart and remarkable ability. She is still here! Thank God.

    June 22, 2008 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  23. AMW

    NO ONE CARES ABOUT THIS FINANCING CRAP. LET THE REPUGNENTS DROLL ON AND ON. LET'S GET ON WITH ISSUES.
    THE MAIN ISSUE IS LET'S GET SENATOR CLINTON NOMINATED FOR THE PRESIDENCY AND DROP OBAMA. I RECOMMEND BIDEN AS A RUNNING MATE FOR SENATOR CLINTON.
    NOW LET'S HEAR ABOUT MEANINGFUL ISSUES-–GAS, OIL, FOOD, ECONOMY, EDUCATION, HOUSING, MORTGAGE HELP, HIGH INTEREST RATES ON SAVINGS ACCOUNTS, AND GETTING TROOP TO AFGHANISTAN, AND THE EXTRAS NOT NEEDED IN AFGHANISTAN COME HOME.

    June 22, 2008 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  24. CNN - we know you are for Obama but please....

    Obama is now getting onboard with what Clinton called for months ago....to look into the speculators regarding the cost of gas. Not an original thought in his head.

    Obama is now getting onboard with what Clinton called months ago....that Senator Obama is disengenuous on his statements of what he would do. Flip-flop on campaign financing.

    Senator Clinton had is right all along.......and Senator Obama is still following her lead. DNC threw this guy down our throats, against the popular vote. Senator Obama is NOT good for America.

    Vote for America......Vote McCain!

    June 22, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  25. Charlotte

    Obama was for it before he was against it, Humm sound familiar? Obama is a flip-flopper just like McCain. I have always felt it was ok to change ones mind based on the additional evidence presented. I am aganist off shore drilling, however the day may come when we may have no choice. I do have a problem with the campaign finance flip-flop. This is a personal advantage for him, if it weren't, he would be for it. Anyone who believes he would reject it if he did not think he could raise more, is really stupid. It is in his best interest, period. He hopes to outspend the Republicans as he did Hillary and buy the election as he bought the Primary. It is nice to know the ecomony is not as bad as I thought. If people can afford to give their money to Obama, I think we are just fine. The price of gas is a non-issue to his supporters who can afford the price of $4.00 a gal. I hope they get to pay even more if Obama is the President. I can still afford to buy gas and groceries. I have to cut back on others, no more bottled water for me. Starbucks is a goner as well. My Motorhome will stay home more, but hey, I can still sit in it and pretend I'm in the woods, even BBQ next to it. It is a 41 ft. diesel that gets about 7/8 miles to the gal. So, guess our trips will be fewer, and closer to home. We are close to the Sierra Nevadas and lots of lakes, so I hope others are as lucky as I am.

    June 22, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
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