Politics

In Slight Reversal, Obama Campaign Rejects Clark

Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton just sent around this e-mail:

"As he's said many times before, Senator Obama honors and respects Senator McCain's service, and of course he rejects yesterday's statement by General Clark."

Earlier today, on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Obama Communications Director Robert Gibbs did not reject Clark's comments.

"Those are the comments of Gen. Clark and they are not the comments of Barack Obama. We certainly honor the service and sacrifice and heroism of John McCain."

Obviously, Gibbs did not embrace Clarks' comments, but didn't reject them or work overtime to distance the campaign from them. Burton has, clear evidence the campaign decided it had a problem on its hands.

Also, Democrats want to point out that Col. Bud Day, now on McCain's "Truth Squad" was a member of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth that McCain attacked during the 2004 campaign for airing "dishonest and dishonorable" attacks against Kerry that amounted to a "cheap stunt."

As other money-watchers have also noticed, McCains' accepted at least $61,000 in direct and bundled contributions this campaign from three top funders of the Swift Boat Veterans, among them Bob Perry, T. Boone Pickens and Harold Simmons.

 

Mike Emanuel currently serves as chief congressional correspondent for FOX News Channel (FNC). He joined FNC in 1997 as a Los Angeles-based correspondent.