March 31, 2008


Obama had greater role on liberal survey (KENNETH P. VOGEL, 3/31/08, Politico)

During his first run for elected office, Barack Obama played a greater role than his aides now acknowledge in crafting liberal stands on gun control, the death penalty and abortion– positions that appear at odds with the more moderate image he’s projected during his presidential campaign.

The evidence comes from an amended version of an Illinois voter group’s detailed questionnaire, filed under his name during his 1996 bid for a state Senate seat.

Late last year, in response to a Politico story about Obama’s answers to the original questionnaire, his aides said he “never saw or approved” the questionnaire.

They asserted the responses were filled out by a campaign aide who “unintentionally mischaracterize(d) his position.”

But a Politico examination determined that Obama was actually interviewed about the issues on the questionnaire by the liberal Chicago non-profit group that issued it. And it found that Obama – the day after sitting for the interview – filed an amended version of the questionnaire, which appears to contain Obama’s own handwritten notes adding to one answer.

In fairness to Mr. Obama, he couldn't have known then he'd seek wider office and so accidentally answered honestly. There would have been a certain calculation in giving answers that would preserve his electability by putting him in the American mainstream.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 31, 2008 7:10 AM
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