Democratic Party to adopt Obama’s policies on special-interest money
BRISTOL, Va. – Basking in his new status as the Democratic standard-bearer, Barack Obama announced on Thursday that his party will adopt the same restrictions on donations that his campaign has put in place.
Obama talked of the change as he touted his plan to overhaul the health care system during a visit to Bristol, Virginia.
He said pharmaceutical companies, health-maintenance organizations and other interests had too much clout in Washington and were the reason for the failure of past efforts to change the health system.
“If we’re going to make real progress, this time must be different,” he said.
“As the Democratic nominee for president, I’m announcing that going forward, the Democratic National Committee will uphold the same standard. We won’t take another dime from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs,” Obama said.
“They will not fund my party. They will not run our our White House. They will not drown out the voices of the American people,” he said.
Obama’s visit to the state two days after capturing the Democratic nomination highlighted his hopes of putting the historically Republican-leaning state into play in the general election.
Bristol is a rural town in the southwestern part of the state.
Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Obama steps out of car)