Monday, August 11, 2008

Statement by the McCain Campaign on the Obama Campaign / Kremlin Attacks on Senior Policy Adviser

8/9/08 Today, McCain 2008 spokesman Tucker Bounds issued the following statement on the Obama campaign and Kremlin attacks on McCain senior foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann:

"The Obama campaign's attacks on Randy Scheunemann are disgraceful. Mr. Scheunemann proudly represented a small democracy that is one of our closest allies in a very dangerous region. Today, many are dead and Georgia is in crisis, yet the Obama campaign has offered nothing more than cheap and petty political attacks that are echoed only by the Kremlin. The reaction of the Obama campaign to this crisis, so at odds with our democratic allies and yet so bizarrely in sync with Moscow, doesn't merely raise questions about Senator Obama's judgment--it answers them."


Today, The Politico Reported That "A Public Relations Firm Working For The Russian Federation Pointed Out Scheunemann's Lobbying Past To Reporter... As Did Obama's Campaign."
"A public relations firm working for the Russian Federation pointed out Scheunemann's lobbying past to reporters -- a sign that McCain's stance is not, for better or worse, being welcomed in Moscow -- as did Obama's campaign. 'John McCain's top foreign policy adviser lobbied for, and has a vested interest in, the Republic of Georgia and McCain has mirrored the position advocated by the government,' said Obama spokesman Hari Sevugan, noting that the 'appearance of a conflict of interest' was a consequence of McCain's too-close ties to lobbyists." (Ben Smith, "Invasion Of Georgia' A '3 A.M. Moment,'" The Politico, 8/9/08)

The Politico's Jonathan Martin: John McCain's Statement On Georgia "Met With Campaign-Style Pushback Not Just From Obama And The DNC, But Also From The Kremlin."

"Ben Smith, who knows from the Continent, has a smart story up today looking at the difference between how Obama and McCain reacted to the sudden conflict in South Ossetia. Most remarkable, perhaps, was that McCain's tough talk against the Russians was met with campaign-style pushback not just from Obama and the DNC, but also from the Kremlin. Well, perhaps Putin himself didn't order it up, but I got a phone call yesterday from a Washington, D.C.-based public relations representative working for the Russian Federation. The message, delivered 'on background,' was to the point: You know, reminded the source, that Randy Scheunemann, McCain's top foreign policy adviser, previously lobbied for Georgia, right? Nothing like a little international political hardball." (Jo nathan Martin, "Russia Plays For Keeps," The Politico, 8/9/08)
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