Saturday, December 22, 2007

Obama Criticizes Edwards' Senate Record

Presidential candidate Barack Obama, D-Ill., openly criticized rival John Edwards' U.S. Senate record today in front of a crowd of approximately 300 in Oskaloosa.

Obama made the charge that Edwards' record during his single term as a senator from North Carolina does not match the rhetoric he's been using on the campaign trail.

"Both of us agree that we've got to take on the special interests and the lobbyists," said Obama. "Both of us agree that they have too much influence in Washington. But I would argue that in positions where we actually had a chance to do something about it, I did something and John didn't. During six years in the Senate he wasn't passing laws to reduce the power of lobbyists," said Obama. He continued by highlighting his own recent work to reform Congressional ethics laws.

Obama also criticized Edwards regarding independent special interest groups and their influence on the campaign.

"John, yesterday, said he didn't believe in 527s. Those are these independent groups that raise money without disclosure," said Obama. "We found out today that there's an outside group that's funding $750,000, just bought three quarters of a million dollars worth of television time, and the individual running the group used to be John Edwards' campaign manager."

"The easiest thing in the world is to talk about change during election time," he said. "You've got to look at how they act when it's not convenient."

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