17 August 2008 - Obama claims credit for campaign finance reform - that he ignored
The Jeremiah Wright Award for Audacity goes to Senator Barack Obama who, at the Saddleback Civil Forum last night, claimed credit for passing campaign finance reform legislation in Washington.
PASTOR RICK WARREN: CAN YOU GIVE ME AN EXAMPLE OF WHERE YOU WENT AGAINST PARTY LOYALTY AND MAYBE EVEN WENT AGAINST YOUR OWN BEST INTEREST FOR THE GOOD OF AMERICA?
SENATOR BARACK OBAMA: WELL, I'LL GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE THAT IN FACT I WORKED WITH JOHN MCCAIN ON AND THAT WAS THE ISSUE OF CAMPAIGN ETHICS REFORM AND FINANCE REFORM.
(The quote appears at 2:47 in the video segment below)
But McCain's major finance reform bill became law in 2002, more than two years before Obama showed up in the Senate.
And, of course, Obama then rejected federal financing for his campaign, breaking his promise to adhere to the system and trashing the very reforms he is now trying to take moral and political credit for.