McCain Scolds GOP for Whacking Obama
By Mike Allen NBC-Dallas Fort Worth Updated 8:57 PM CST, Sun, Dec 14, 2008
U.S. Sen. John McCain is interviewed by George Stephanopoulos on This Week with George Stephanopoulos on December 14, 2008 in Washington, DC. McCain spoke on various topics including the scandal surrounding Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
In a surprising rebuke to the warriors who fought for him through tough times, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday sided with President-elect Barack Obama and scolded the Republican National Committee for fanning the Illinois corruption scandal.
On ABCâ€™s â€?This Week,â€? host George Stephanopoulos asked: â€?The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Mike Duncan, has been highly critical of the way President- elect Obama has dealt with this. "He's had a statement every single day, saying that the Obama team should reveal all contacts they've had with Governor [Rod] Blagojevich. He says that Obama's promise of transparency to the American people is now being tested. Do you agree with that?â€?
McCain replied: â€?I think that the Obama campaign should and will give all information necessary. You know, in all due respect to the Republican National Committee and anybody â€” right now, I think we should try to be working constructively together, not only on an issue such as this, but on the economy stimulus package, reforms that are necessary. And so, I don't know all the details of the relationship between President-elect Obama's campaign or his people and the governor of Illinois, but I have some confidence that all the information will come out. It always does, it seems to me.â€? Just this morning, the Republican National Committee released a Web video called â€?Questions Remain.â€?
â€?The video highlights the evolving explanations delivered by President-elect Obama and his advisers concerning their contact with the embattled and scandal-plagued Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich despite Obamaâ€™s promises to instill greater transparency and confidence in government,â€? the partyâ€™s announcement said.