Stephanopoulos: Obama Says He Has Bucked His Party

Sep 7, 2008 10:45am

ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos reports: John McCain isn’t the only presidential candidate willing to break with his party, Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama said this morning in an exclusive interview on "This Week."

During his speech Thursday accepting the Republican nomination for president in St. Paul, Minn., McCain repeatedly emphasized his record of bipartisanship, and questioned Obama’s commitment to that principle.

"I’ve worked with members of both parties to fix problems that need to be fixed," said McCain. "I have that record and the scars to prove it. Senator Obama does not."

But in his "This Week" interview, Obama called into question McCain’s commitment to changing the tone in Washington.

"For John McCain to say that he wanted to reduce the rancor in Washington, as I said in there, it sounds to me like he didn’t listen to the first two days of his convention," Obama told ABC News’ "This Week."

When asked for examples of issues where he would consider breaking with his party, Obama offered three.

"I think that, on education, we do have to improve accountability. And I’ve not only supported charter schools, which the teachers’ unions have opposed, but I’ve also said that we should look at pay-for-performance," he said. "That’s not something that’s popular in my party."

Obama said he would also support increasing the size of the military and reducing healthcare litigation costs, moves he said would anger portions of his party.

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