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Mike Duncan, GOP honcho, scoffs at Barack Obama's "Obamacans" claims

March 25, 2008 |  9:20 am

Democrat Barack Obama has gotten a lot of mileage from telling crowds about "Obamacans," the Republicans he says approach him at political events and pledge their whispered support for his presidential candidacy.

Mike Duncan, the Kentucky banker who chairs the Republican National Committee, isn't buying that story.

"Obama's campaign is putting forward a public relations effort to convince folks that Republican voters whom he calls 'Obamacans' would support his candidacy," Duncan says in an RNC email this morning. "It's nice rhetoric but, like so much with Obama, it's not consistent with reality or his record."

Why? It's as plain as Obama's record, which he suggests no self-respecting Republican could stomach.

Writes Duncan:

"According to the non-partisan publication National Journal, Obama was the "most liberal" senator last year. During his short stint in the U.S. Senate, he has consistently voted for higher taxes, bigger government and troop funding cuts.

"Before that, he was in the Illinois state legislature, supporting extreme gun control measures and opposing common-sense abortion restrictions that the vast majority of Republicans and Democrats alike would agree with."

In promoting the prospects of presumed GOP presidential nominee John McCain (which is part of what he gets paid to do), Duncan also takes a crack at coining his own new term:

"When McCain wins in November, it will be thanks to a united Republican Party, strong independent support and a surge of 'McCainocrats.' "

-- Christi Parsons

Christi Parsons writes for the Swamp of the Chicago Tribune's Washington bureau.

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