Obama says Edwards is “inconsistent”

Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama has opened up a line of attack against rival John Edwards and the issue is…campaign finances & ethics.  Here’s the Radio Iowa story.  UPDATE:  See Edwards campaign response below.

Obama_kay122207 Here are the key quotes on this subject from Obama’s interview with Radio Iowa earlier this afternoon:  "Yesterday my understanding was is that (Edwards) said he did not approve of 527s, these independent groups where there’s no disclosure so you don’t know who’s funding them and how much is being spent. We find out today that a 527 run by his former campaign manager and political director is running three-quarters of a million dollars worth of ads on his behalf and it strikes me that if you say yesterday you don’t agree with ’em and today you’re benefiting from them — that’s not consistent….Part of what we need is some consistency when it comes to the positions we take, not just taking them when it’s politically convenient."

Obama discussed what he hoped "trickles down" from him as the leader of the campaign to his campaign operatives.  "I’m very proud of the fact that you haven’t seen a lot of drama or a lot of back-biting in our campaign.  I think everybody is focusing on doing their job," Obama said.  "People generally left their egos at the door.  People take responsibility for their work and, you know, don’t blame others when mistakes are made and people don’t jump on people when mistakes are made.  We hold folks accountable, but there’s a calm in our organization and a trust, I think, between people and I like to take a little bit of credit for that."

What is the most important decision you’ve made in Iowa?

"To put together and trust the best staff on the ground here.  I mean, we’ve got an organization that is just unbelievable.  You know, young people with energy and enthusiasm and, you know, we hired them early and so they got into these communities and made friendships and established relationships.  You know, they’re not mercenaries.  They’re here because they believe in the kind of change that I think most Americans are looking for and because they’re sincere and here for the right reasons I think that communicates itself to Caucus-goers and that’s, I think, our ace in the hole."


At 4:30 this afternoon, the Edwards campaignr released the following statement via emai:


Edwards calls on 527 groups to stop running ads

Des Moines, Iowa – Today, after an event in Coralville, Iowa, Senator John Edwards called on 527 groups to stop running ads:

“I do not support 527 groups. They are part of the law, but let me be clear: I am asking this group and others not to run the ads.  I would encourage all the 527s to stay out of the political process.”

Earlier in the day Edwards said:

“I’m proud of the fact that, unlike Senator Obama, I have never taken any money from a Washington lobbyist or PAC.  From my perspective that is not an academic or philosophical question.  This is about who has the toughness and fight to take on corporate greed and win.  And I have been doing it my entire life. And what we have is an epic fight in front of us to stop this corporate greed and to protect the middle class and jobs in this country. And that’s a fight I’m ready for.”

(Photo taken by Radio Iowa news assistant Mary Rutherford)

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About O.Kay Henderson

O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


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