Vineyard Haven: President Barack Obama
says Republicans should join him in opposing a Supreme Court
ruling that vastly increased how much corporations can spend
on political campaign ads.
Instead, the Republican Party wants to "keep the public
in the dark" about who`s behind the expenditures, Obama
contended in his weekly radio and Internet address, released
today as he vacationed on Martha`s Vineyard.
"You`d think that reducing corporate and even foreign
influence over our elections wouldn`t be a partisan issue,"
"But the Republican leaders in Congress said no. In
fact,they used their power to block the issue from even coming
up for a vote.
"This can only mean that the leaders of the other party
want to keep the public in the dark," said the president.
"They don`t want you to know which interests are paying for
the ads. The only people who don`t want to disclose the truth
are people with something to hide."
Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell scoffed
at Obama`s message.
"Americans want us to focus on jobs, but by focusing on
an election bill, Democrats are sending a clear message to the
American people that their jobs aren`t as important as the
jobs of embattled Democrat politicians," McConnell said.
"The president says this bill is about transparency. It`s
transparent all right. It`s a transparent effort to rig the