The Political Fight Over Obama’s Opt-Out

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McCain communications director Hazelbaker: “The true test of a candidate for President is whether he will stand on principle and keep his word to the American people. Barack Obama has failed that test today…”

Adds he’s the first presidential candidate since Watergate to run a campaign entirely on private funds. Full statement here.

RNC statement: “Clearly, Barack Obama is just another politician who is willing to do whatever benefits his own personal agenda.” Read it here.

Obama spokesman Burton blames McCain’s camp for Obama’s decision: “In the past couple of weeks, our campaign counsels met and it was immediately clear that McCain’s campaign had no interest in the possibility of an agreement.” Read more here.

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