RIVIERA BEACH, October 29 – Republican John McCain attacked Barack Obama’s prime-time infomercial here Wednesday, saying it was paid for with "broken promises" and dubious campaign donations.
Speaking after touring a sign manufacturing company on the campaign trail in Florida, McCain again accused Democratic rival Obama of breaking an agreement to abide by public financing of his campaign.
Obama’s decision to opt out of public money has allowed him to raise millions of dollars more than McCain, and has helped to pay for the 30-minute segment on US television networks estimated to have cost five million dollars.
Yet McCain sniped: "When you’re watching this gauzy, feel-good commercial, just remember that it was paid for with broken promises.
"Senator Obama signed a piece of paper committing to public financing of his campaign. Twice he looked the American people in the eye and said he would sit down with me before he abandoned public financing.
"He didn’t mean a word of it. When it was in his interest to break his promise, he tossed it aside like it didn’t mean a thing."
McCain said Obama’s decision to become the first candidate to opt out of public financing since the Watergate scandal left his campaign "flooded with hundreds of millions of dollars in undisclosed and questionable donations."
"His campaign has directly profited from his broken promise and because of that, the American people have to ask: what does the broken promise behind tonight’s infomercial say about the value of his other commitments?"