I have to admit that I was a little surprised by that announcement since he had just declared the opposite a few weeks earlier. Sen. McCain jumped on the news saying that Obama had broken his promise to fund his race publicly.
So what could possibly change Obama's mind about how to finance his campaign?
Obama argued that he opted out of public funding because "the public financing of presidential elections as it exists today is broken, and we face opponents who've become masters at gaming this broken system."
Obama has used Internet to raise nearly $266 million from 1.5 million-plus donors and there seems to be no stopping him.
While those numbers are impressive, the negative for Obama may be a public perception of hypocrisy.
"The true test of a candidate for president is whether he will stand on principle and keep his word to the American people," said Jill Hazelbaker, McCain's communications director. "Barack Obama has failed that test, and his reversal of his promise to participate in the public finance system undermines his call for a new type of politics."
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