Friday, February 15, 2008

Obama Won't Pledge to Take Public Funds

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If Sen. Barack Obama becomes the Democratic nominee, he faces a financial dilemma: Use his vaunted fundraising operation for the general election or limit himself by accepting public funds.
"If Senator Obama is the nominee, he will aggressively pursue an agreement with the Republican nominee to preserve a publicly financed general election," Obama spokesman Bill Burton said last March. Obama affirmed the position in a questionnaire last November.

But on Thursday, Burton said any speculation about what Obama will do is premature.

"This is a question we will focus on directly if he is the nominee," he said. "It was something that we pursued with the FEC and it was an option that we wanted on the table and is on the table."

Asked if the campaign's earlier position amounted to a pledge, Burton said: "No, there is no pledge."
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