Who is the Change Candidate? Watch How They Handle Tough Questions ...

Matt Lewis
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Posted: Jun 05, 2008 3:54 PM
... If voters are looking for a more transparent administration, it's clear which candidate is the most open to answering tough questions.

Here are some examples of how Obama handles difficult questions and press inquiries:

1.  From the NY Daily News:  Obama: 

"Come on! I just answered, like, eight questions,' Obama, looking surprised, told shouting reporters as he fled the room. 'We're running late."

2.  Instead of answering their questions about his desire to maintain communication with Hamas, he responds with (from MSNBC): 

"Why can't I just eat my waffle?"

3.  From Real Clear Politics:

"Obama's infrequent media availabilities and rare trips to the press cabin of his campaign plane tell us we should expect the same type of minimalist dealings with the fourth estate under a President Obama as we have had under President Bush."

4.  This HotAir post shows Obama sheepishly and warily answering a crescendo of questions concerning his relationship with Tony Rezco.

... And here are a few examples of McCain: 

1.  Despite facing some ridicule and ugly questioning about a bogus affair, the Washington Post shows McCain candidly answering all of the questions asked to him.

2.  The Washington Times showcases McCain's availability to the people by going out of his way to field questions from all positions of the political spectrum.  Despite her apparent disagreements with Sen. McCain, one liberal blogger proclaimed: 

"The fact that I could ask my question and have it smacked down is farther than a lot of people could get ..."

McCain is the most accessible nominee in many, many years.

Obama is ... guarded and inaccessible ...

So who is the "new kind of politician"?