One day after the Obama campaign announced that it is backing a pro-Democratic “super PAC,” House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) blasted the move at a news conference on Capitol Hill.
Boehner, who made the remarks after a closed-door meeting of House Republicans at the RNC, did not elaborate. His criticism echoed that of GOP-aligned groups such as American Crossroads, whose spokesman, Jonathan Collegio, called the Obama campaign’s announcement a “brazenly cynical move” on Monday, given Obama’s previously stated opposition to the independent expenditure-only committees.
The Obama camp has defended its move; Campaign Manager Jim Messina wrote in an e-mail to supporters Monday night that “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.”
That statement echoes Obama’s message to supporters in a video four years ago explaining his campaign’s decision during the 2008 general election to opt out of the public financing system, a move that had marked a shift from Obama’s earlier pledge to work toward a bipartisan agreement on accepting public funding.