Behind Closed Doors
by Josh Orton, Tue May 27, 2008 at 11:51:24 AM EDT
On Friday, Todd alerted us to the fundraisers Bush was planning to attend for McCain - and how they were scaled down and closed to press. Apparently the McCain campaign doesn't want video of Bush praising their candidate. And as noted in the post below, this association is growing.
Today, Obama picked up the line (via Ambinder):
Here's what Barack Obama plans to say at 3:30 pt ET in North Las Vegas, NV:
"I just had the privilege of visiting with Felicitas Rosel and Francisco Cano at their home here in Las Vegas.
Today, John McCain is having a different kind of meeting. He's holding a fundraiser with George Bush behind closed doors in Arizona. No cameras. No reporters. And we all know why. Senator McCain doesn't want to be seen, hat-in-hand, with the President whose failed policies he promises to continue for another four years."
Tucker Bounds, a McCain spokesman, responds: "Whether the issue is global climate change or urging a more effective strategy in Iraq, John McCain has had clear but respectful differences of opinion with the President. However, it isn't surprising that Barack Obama is trying to disguise his own lack of depth and weak leadership on the issues with political generalizations and superficial attacks."
In simple political scorekeeping, every time McCain's people have to say, defensively, 'no no, he does sometimes disagree with the President,' it's a win for Obama.
It's not an easy argument for McCain to make, especially considering that he voted with Bush 95% of the time in 2007 and a full 100% of the time in 2008.
Update [2008-5-27 15:59:38 by Josh Orton]: Here's the video of Obama hitting the charge: