Obama Breaks Pledge, Rejects Public Funding Against McCain

It's an impressive group, but: "At the same time, the Illinois senator's choices for his Senior Working Group on National Security may open him up to more criticism from Republicans that the professed 'change' candidate is relying on familiar Washington insiders or that the failure of these former officials to kill or catch Osama bin Laden before the 9-11 attacks left the nation vulnerable on President Bush's watch," McClatchy's Margaret Talev reports.

This is a tough spot to start from: "Two more Obama advisers acknowledged Wednesday that Osama Bin Laden would be extended Habeas Corpus rights if the al Qaeda leader were brought to Guantanamo Bay," per ABC's Sunlen Miller, Teddy Davis, and James Gerber. "The Obama advisers were quick to add, however, that this reading of Bin Laden's rights, which was established by last week's Supreme Court ruling and would be binding on the next president no matter who wins in November, does not mean that the man who claims credit for the 9/11 terrorist attacks would be released."

But Obama supports the court ruling, and McCain pounces: Obama "doesn't have an understanding of the nature of the threat. And I'll look forward to that debate, quite often, in the future," McCain said Wednesday in Missouri, per ABC's Jake Tapper.

Countered Obama: "Either Senator McCain's campaign doesn't understand what the Court decided, or they are distorting my position."

Rudy Giuliani must have loved that he was able to quote Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., on a McCain campaign conference call. "We could point to many, many examples during the debates where the words 'irresponsible' and 'naive' were applied to Senator Obama, but not by a Republican, but by Hillary Clinton," the former mayor, R-N.Y., said Wednesday.

The Washington Times' Christina Bellantoni: "Democrats warned that the prolonged Obama-Clinton battle could give Republicans ammunition, and they have been proved right as Mrs. Clinton's harsher words resurface in campaign missives from Sen. John McCain and national, state and local Republicans."

And Cindy McCain is willing to play the game, too. Asked about Michelle Obama's "proud of my country" comments, she's no Laura Bush: "I don't know why she said what she said," Mrs. McCain told ABC's Kate Snow in Vietnam, in an interview that aired on "Good Morning America" Thursday. "Everyone has their own experience. I don't know why she said what she said, all I know is that I have always been proud of my country."

History will record that -- whatever else might happen in this campaign -- the next First Lady of the United States has co-hosted "The View."

Michelle Obama's star turn began with a fist bump, touched on her kids and a letter she's sent to Laura Bush, and ended with her image maybe just slightly softened.

"Obama appeared relaxed, cracking jokes alongside 'View' co-hosts Barbara Walters, Whoopi Goldberg, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, Joy Behar, and Sherri Sheperd," ABC's Jennifer Parker writes. "Her appearance on the popular women's daytime television program coincides with an attempt by the Obama campaign to soften her image and combat efforts by some conservatives to paint her as unpatriotic or angry."

Mrs. Obama, on "proud of my country": "What I was talking about was having a pride in the political process," she said. "I mean people are just engaged in this election in a way we haven't seen in a long time. And I think everybody has agreed with that."

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