Thursday, October 14, 2004
Well, it took until the second to the last question in the fourth debate (counting the three presidential and the one vice presidential) but both presidential candidates finally got around to talking about the need to do something about big money in politics.
According to the transcripts of last nights presidential debate, John Kerry said:
"And one of the ways we're going to do it is, I'm going to work with my friend, John McCain, to further campaign finance reform so we get these incredible amounts of money out of the system and open it up to average people, so America is really represented by the people who make up America."
President Bush said "Washington is a tough town. And the way I view it is there's a lot of entrenched special interests there, people who are, you know, on one side of the issue or another and they spend enormous sums of money and they convince different senators to taut their way or different congressmen to talk about their issue, and they dig in."
There you have it. Somehow, I think whichever person wins, the rest of us are going to have to do a lot of followup to get either one to do something.