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


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 ยป

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. Rob indetroit

    If THIS IS WHAT THE REPUBLICANS ARE GOING to focus on until november then they are desperate.

    June 22, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  2. Chris - Middletown, CT

    I don't think anyone minds when the candidates change their positions – if they stuck with an antiquated argument – and never change – that would be wrong too – its when a candidate claims to be under sniper fire that never happened...is when we raise our eyebrows....

    June 22, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  3. exHP

    Carly was a loser at HP and got run out of town. Now she is supporting another loser. Birds of a feather flock together?

    June 22, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Independent

    To quote McCain's economic adviser Carly Fiorina, "a good leader is influenced by the facts on the ground."

    So concerning Obama's decision to let millions of small donors fund his campaign, the facts on the ground say it would be a disservice to the many excited first time voters who want to carry him - Sen. Obama - to the White House with their small donations and their votes.

    So here we have it: even McCain's economic adviser would agree that Sen. Obama's decision show that he is a "good leader."

    June 22, 2008 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. Pat, GA

    You can pump to your hearts content, but if there are no refineries to process that pumping, it becomes irrelevant.

    June 22, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    Look at the two issues mentioned here. Of the two the oil drilling is much more serious. Senator Obama changing his mind on public funding is nothing. Senator McCain most certainly would have done the same thing if he had been in the postion that Senator Obama is in. The old saying goes – those who can do and those who can't complain about it. Why not increase in those areas where they are already drilling first – while it is being done start the conversion.

    June 22, 2008 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  7. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    McCain and his cronies are angry but not surprised that Obama decided to forego public financing.

    His supporters wouldn't have it any other way. Why would Obama throw away one of his biggest weapons. (His supporters money)

    McCain would have been thrilled if Obama took public money.

    McCain knows he has a bb gun compared to Obama's 357.

    All he can do is whine about it.

    June 22, 2008 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  8. NObama

    Daschle, so liberal that even his constituents finally tired of him. Obamabots take note at who your candidate turns to for advice. Rev Wright, Bill Ayers, Daschle, are all far left loons.

    Please and love. Obama's gonna lead us back to the 60's.

    June 22, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  9. Democratic is the way!

    Please think and vote "Democratic" – We are spending billions of dollars on a war. - We own other countries trillions of dollars. -

    We are losing jobs, losing homes... gas is sky high and because of that war we are losing lives.

    Since Bush, we are losing a lot...– now with the floods, which will cost billions. Now food will go up.

    This is not about whom you like or dislike - this is about the Democrats winning... Save the USA or we will be the new 3rd world.
    Please do not vote McSame.

    June 22, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  10. Wisconsin


    Obama got votes because he has better ideas and people want to see him as President, nothing more.

    People have a hard time giving money to anyone right now, but we want a President that cares for the people and NOT big oil like McWar does.

    Its funny that you manage to put 4.00 a gal on Obama even though it is Bush who got us here!

    McWar's plan will not get a drop of oil to the market for 5 to 10 years! Then what is their that says McWar's new oil buddies will drop their own prices?

    It is out right funny that your big problim is the need to make coffee at home instead of Starbucks and that your monstrous motor home will get used less.

    Thanks for adding all the Greenhouse gas with your 7 to 8 MPG!!! Wow now you might have to be responsible for something other then your own greed!

    June 22, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  11. mt, ct

    all flip-flop. No difference.

    June 22, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  12. susie

    There is a difference: McCain flip-flop on a policy issue. Obama flip-flop on his character. Obama does not keep his word on anything. Check out factcheck. com. He lies.

    June 22, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  13. Vig

    Whose pulling the strings on Obama? The Party? The people who own him through their money machine? Write-in Hillary Clinton on the November ballot – we need a backbone in the White House.

    June 22, 2008 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  14. aware

    Hilarious – the obfuscating, prevaracating, flip-flopping Obama keeps attempting to smack down McCain. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Grow up Obama, and learn to be honest. Who wants another dirty politician for president? You are not about change Americans can believe in! ๐Ÿ™

    This disgusted former Democrat won't vote for you.

    June 22, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  15. Obama 08: Female, 60, white


    ...and Obama didn't "buy" an election....the 1.4 million voters who contributed to his campaign gave him the chance to introduce himself to voters in comparison to Hillary who has the well known Clinton name. The vast majority of the contributors gave sums less than 100 dollars.

    She also blew a huge amunt of money before Super Tuesday thinking she was sure to win.

    June 22, 2008 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  16. ChicoSez

    Lets see, McCain wants to lift the ban on off shore drilling. When oil was $45 a barrek the ban made sense. But with oil at $135 a barrel, off shore drilling looks different. Obama, as recently as two months ago, publicly stated he would take public financing but when it became politically exppediant for Obama to changee his mind, he did. Not out of any principle but because he wanted an advantege. Obama's only message is look how old McCain is and link him to Bush. A completely negative campaign. The hypocracy is amazing and watching his supporters turn contortionist trying to rationalize this blatent promise breaking would be amusing if it wasn't so pathetic. McCain/Clinton 08

    June 22, 2008 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. Brian - Knoxville, TN

    Too bad Hillary's not around!

    The Obama camp was right, though. We can't vote for McCain – he's way too conservative and only wants to carry on Bush's failed policies. We can't show our dissatisfaction with the Democratic Party by ruining the country even more – if you are a Democrat that doesn't want to vote for Obama, do the right thing – keep Bush part 3 out of office by voting for Bob Barr!

    PUMA PAC for Barr!!!

    June 22, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Crush Rush

    Cain doesnt have a clue.He should just drop out now and let the next knuckledragger in line try for it.

    June 22, 2008 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. Obama 2008!!!


    If you don't support Obama that's fine. Actually, the price of gas is an issue to Obama supporters and so is the economy and that's why we are willing to give what we can afford to finace his campaign. We believe in Obama. We want change. Obama supporters don't believe who can get that change from McCain. And by the way, Obama didn't buy the election. Millions of Americans voted for him.

    June 22, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  20. bob in LA

    politics as usual- all bluster and no substance!

    June 22, 2008 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  21. Michele, Oregon

    I'd rather support a nominee who backs out of public financing because he has gotten a purer form of public financing in the 1.5 million small donors, and yes, to be honest to his advantage THAN a nominee who changes on his off-shore drilling stance.

    Which decision impacts the future world we leave to our children and their children's children? Like so many of the other issues, Obama has the edge.

    June 22, 2008 07:17 pm at 7:17 pm |
  22. Brian


    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.

    Good strategy "pretend" that the rich are voting for Obama....... Perhaps the people in Washington, Bush and McCain should have planned ahead to insure this energy crisis never happened..... nah, lets keep voting for them (although they make out like bandits from the high oil prices)

    June 22, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  23. bk

    Obama could care less if his supporters have money for gas and food as long as he gets his share. What arrogance this man has. McCain and Obama would have equal amounts, but no Obama has to cheat and try to buy the election. Anybody who thinks 527's have anything to do with this is wrong. Now Obama is playing the race card, of course no one else can do this or they will be labeled a racist. What a liar and and cheat he is.

    June 22, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  24. Lucky

    You go Obama it is okay to change your mind for a better idea .You are making good .Rooting for you keep up the good work.

    June 22, 2008 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  25. Patriot

    The aim of campaign financing is to keep individual stacks of big money out of politics.
    Obama's campaign is EFFECTIVELY achieving that goal.

    If McCain would dump his federal lobbyists and PAC support as Obama has done, then he too could opt out of public financing, WHICH IS NON-BINDING on candidates!

    The flip flop on drilling IS A GIMMICK; because early oil WILL NOT be achieved by drilling.

    Obama is the one with integrity; since he's keeping big money out of politics!

    McCain't lacks integrity; because he knows that drilling can only bring some relief 10 years from now!

    Americans want a PRAGMATIC President who WISELY changes his mind for the better - rejecting big money in his campaign!

    June 22, 2008 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
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