RNC: Obama Explanation “Insufficient”

By Lindsey Ellerson

Dec 9, 2008 4:56pm

ABC News’ Karen Travers and Rick Klein Report: A statement from Republican National Committee Chairman Mike Duncan breaks the national GOP’s silence on the news concerning Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D-Ill.

Duncan is calling President-elect Barack Obama’s comments on the matter “insufficient at best.”

Duncan’s statement: “Leaders of both political parties have a responsibility to clearly condemn the actions by Governor Rod Blagojevich as alleged by federal prosecutors today. Americans expect strong leadership, but President-elect Barack Obama’s comments on the matter are insufficient at best. Given the President-elect’s history of supporting and advising Governor Blagojevich, he has a responsibility to speak out and fully address the issue.”

Obama gave Republicans some ammunition in his comments: a contradiction. As ABC’s Jake Tapper reports, while Obama said Tuesday that he’s “had no contact with the governor or his office” regarding the Senate vacancy, his chief adviser, David Axelrod, said something much different in a televised interview last month.

Team Obama says Axelrod misspoke — but this isn’t going to go away quietly.

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