Obama: I Won't 'Unilaterally Disarm' on Super PACs
By David Jackson | USA TODAY | Feb 15, 2012
“President Obama says he doesn't like the idea of super PACs, but won't oppose Democrats using them in his re-election campaign to fight off the spending of the Republicans.
"We've got some of these (Republican) super PACs that have pledged to spend up to half a billion dollars to try to buy this election," Obama said yesterday in an interview with WBTV, the CBS affiliate in Charlotte, N.C.
"And what I've said consistently is, we're not going to just unilaterally disarm."
Obama has criticized the 2010 Supreme Court decision that said the Constitution does not limit the amount of money that corporations and unions can spend on political campaigns.
That ruling gave rise to the "super" political action committees that have played such a large role in the Republican primaries; our OnPolitics blog reports on the latest super PAC battle between Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum in Michigan.
Super PACs will also play a large role in the race between Obama and the GOP nominee.
Last week, Obama and campaign aides began urging supporters to give money to Obama-centric super PACs, triggering accusations of hypocrisy from Republicans and campaign finance reform advocates.
"We can't allow for two sets of rules in this election whereby the Republican nominee is the beneficiary of unlimited spending and Democrats unilaterally disarm," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina told supporters.
In yesterday's interview with the Charlotte television station - located in the same city where Obama will accept the Democratic nomination in September - the president said, "my strong preference would be to completely eliminate that super PAC process."
"But," he added, ‘we're not going to just let a whole bunch of folks who are not only self-interested but aren't always disclosing what their contributions are to be able to simply purchase an election.’ "
Well it looks like President Obama is going after the mother of all SuperPacs in his quest for a second term. Money is the least of his worries as he goes up against the probable republican nominee, Mitt Romney, an extremely wealthy ‘empty suit’ who owns a multi billion dollar SuperPac.
So it will be a “war of the SuperPacs” which will be enlightening. While the airwaves are heating up with the attack ads, Romney and Obama will stand there trying to stare each other down with George and Diane Sawyer ask subliminally asinine questions like: “If you suddenly found yourself in the broad spectrum of the rain forests of equatorial regions, what would you use as a deodorant?”. ...or…”What do you usually regard as an emotionally healthy way of life other than having politics as a truly sustaining career?”
These hard question lines are what make George Steph and Diane Sawyer the greatest debate moderators in the whole f**king world.