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March 31, 2008

Obama Survey Says

Interesting article from Capt. ED and Politico

Politico has caught Barack Obama in another misstatement about his past, and this one goes right to the heart of his posing as a New Politics candidate. Working on a tip from opposition sources, Kenneth Vogel found a survey with Obama’s handwriting that he had previously denied handling. It shows that Obama himself established much more liberal positions on gun control, abortion, and other issues than he has admitted in his campaign:

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 1996, Obama ran as a political unknown, although one with friends in high places — friends like Tony Rezko, William Ayers, and Bernadette Dohrn. He wanted the endorsement of Independent Voters of Illinois, a group in which he and his campaign manager had worked in the past. The survey was an important part of IVI’s vetting process, and Obama needed to make sure that it had the answers he needed for the endorsement.

So what were Obama’s positions in 1996, according to the questionnaire that bears his handwriting?

* Opposed to parental notification on abortions. He amended this to say that he might possibly support it for 12- or 13-year-olds, but no older.

* Flatly opposed the death penalty, a position he denied ever having.

* Supported bans on the sale, possession, and manufacture of guns, again a position he denied ever taking.

Those positions won’t even fly with a large number of Democrats, let alone in a general election. The Hillary Clinton campaign has already begun making the argument to superdelegates that Obama holds extremist views so out of touch with the American electorate that he can’t possibly win in November. The questionnaire will bolster that argument, especially on guns, where the Democrats had tried to soften their stance since Al Gore lost his home state of Tennessee in 2000.

The Obama campaign’s response to Politico has to be read to be believed:

Through an aide, Obama, who won the group’s endorsement as well as the statehouse seat, did not dispute that the handwriting was his. But he contended it doesn’t prove he completed, approved – or even read – the latter questionnaire.

“Sen. Obama didn’t fill out these state Senate questionnaires – a staffer did – and there are several answers that didn’t reflect his views then or now,” said Tommy Vietor, a spokesman for Obama’s campaign, in an emailed statement. “He may have jotted some notes on the front page of the questionnaire at the meeting, but that doesn’t change the fact that some answers didn’t reflect his views. His eleven years in public office do.”

This makes no sense at all. If Obama’s handwriting is on the survey, then he filled it out. If the answers didn’t reflect his views, why didn’t he change them when he “jotted some notes” on it? If the answers were wrong, Obama would have “jotted some notes” to that effect, rather than allow such mistakes to get transmitted to IVI. And the “eleven years in public office” defense might make sense if Obama hadn’t spent much of that time voting “present” instead of taking actual stands.

Once again, we have more evidence that Obama represents nothing more than the political winds. He has zero credibility, zero experience, and a penchant for telling people what they want to hear rather than any truth about what he actually believes. Either he lied to IVI or he’s lying now. In either case, it’s hardly the New Politics Obama has promised.

Wild Thing's comment........

I agree with Capt. Ed, there are some Democrats that will not lilke Obama's answer on guns.

Obama promises the world to his sheep, but they better wake up and see what they are voting for.

* Hot Air ....Capt. Ed

Posted by Wild Thing at March 31, 2008 11:55 AM


Just like a dummycrap--stick your finger in the air and lean the way the wind is blowing.
He's so full of dog doo, it's not funny anymore.

Posted by: Lynn at March 31, 2008 02:44 PM

I guess it's like when Bill Clinton said that, "It depends on what the meaning of the word 'is' is". For Barak Obama, it depends what the meaning of the words "completed, approved – or even read" are.

There is a story at NewsMax about how Barack Obama incorrectly states a Kennedy Connection and a claim on Selma, Alabama. His lies and made up story telling sounds more Clintonian every day.

Posted by: Les at March 31, 2008 04:13 PM

Slowly ever so slowly the truth is coming out about this nincompoop liberal, who can't talk without a Teleprompter in his face.

He is pro UN and very anti American, and is running for the job of the most powerful man in the world. My god, with a beard Hillary could pass for Lincoln when compared to Hussein Obama, if she weren't so Coyote ugly.

Posted by: Mark at March 31, 2008 06:02 PM

The liberal masses LOVE him--here's a little metaphor to that end:

Posted by: Sierrahome at March 31, 2008 07:15 PM

Lynn he is made out of it. heh heh

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 31, 2008 08:05 PM

Les, good grief, he is so awful.
Thanks for the link Les.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 31, 2008 08:06 PM

Mark, "can't talk without a Teleprompter in his face"....he can't you're so right. He stammers like crazy without his notes. hahaha

Love your comment on Hillary. LMAO

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 31, 2008 08:07 PM

Sierrahome, thank you for the video link. That is GREAT I never saw it before.

Posted by: Wild Thing at March 31, 2008 08:09 PM

Posted by: Jack at March 31, 2008 11:58 PM

Jack thanks for the article/link. Very interesting!

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 1, 2008 12:51 AM