Ed Robertson (6/23, Letters) writes that if John McCain had reversed his position on the use of public funds as Barack Obama did, The Star would have used the term “flipped-flopped” to describe his actions.
Where has Mr. Robertson been these last several months? In the fall of 2007, McCain opted into the public financing system for the GOP primaries, which meant he’d later receive just over $5 million in public funds in exchange for agreeing to a fundraising limit of about $54 million for the entire primary process. The primary process doesn’t end until McCain accepts the nomination at the Republican National Convention in September.
By late November 2007, his campaign was practically broke, so McCain took out a pair of $1 million loans, using as collateral the public funds he would receive. After McCain had the Republican nomination all but sewn up, he decided he didn’t want to be bound by the $54 million limit. He did a 180 and opted out of the public financing system.
Mr. Robertson is probably not aware of this because the so-called “liberal mainstream media” is bending over backward to help McCain get elected.
M. L. Stone