"Maybe I've lived a little long, but I have no illusions about how hard this is going to be. You are not going to wave a magic wand and have the special interests disappear." That's according to Hillary Clinton, referring directly to fellow Democrat Barack Obama, but her comments could apply just as well to Republican John McCain. Both leaders in this year's presidential nomination battles have denounced lobbyists and claim to have embraced public financing for political campaigns. But McCain's campaign manager and his chief political advisor are lobbyists and Obama uses lobbyists as consultants, and both take money directly from corporations and unions that employ lobbyists on Capitol Hill. How far have the two presidential front-runners distanced themselves from business as usual in Washington and on the campaign trail?
Rhetoric and Reality in Presidential Campaigns
- Michael D. Shear - New York Times - @shearm
- Massie Ritsch - Communications Director, Center for Responsive Politics
- Dan Schnur - Professor of Politics and Communications,USC and former Republican strategist - @danschnur
- Ken Silverstein - Open Society Institute
- Mathew Littman - former speechwriter for Senator Joe Biden