Top 5 Flip-Flops (So Far)

By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2008 8:43 AM CDT
Both sides in the presidential race are facing accusations of considerable flip-flopping so far.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
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(Newser) – As both presidential candidates hurl accusations of backtracking and hypocrisy at each other, Politico and PolitiFact team up to explain the five most important flip-flops of the race so far.

  • PolitiFact rates Obama’s stance on tapping the Strategic Petroleum Reserve a “full flop,” citing strong prior opposition.
  • McCain’s take on offshore drilling is rated a “half-flip,” taking into account his shift from a states’ rights position to staunch advocacy.

  • McCain’s approval of Bush’s tax cuts is a “full flop,” after he initially opposed the policy in 2000, then later voted for its renewal in 2006 and continues to defend cuts now.
  • Obama's reversal on his earlier pledge to accept public financing qualifies as a "full flop."
  • Obama's reversal of his vow to filibuster FISA, citing changes that Politico notes failed to "obscure his flip-flop."