Best, Worst Financial Decisions of Candidates

Candidates have spent a bundle on campaign, but didn't always do it wisely
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Oct 29, 2008 4:29 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The next president faces the daunting task of fixing a crippled economy—all the more reason to look at the candidates' best and worst financial decisions during the campaigns. Politico's Jeanne Cummings does the tally:

  • Obama's Best: His decision to hire Facebook's founder, whose interactive Internet fundraising included billboards in online games.

  • Obama's Worst: His aborted promise to coordinate with his opponent before opting out of public financing.
  • McCain's Best: His "decision last winter to leverage a suggestion that he would enter the primary race’s public financing system into securing bank loans that helped him stay outside of it."
  • McCain's Worst: The Republicans' move to give a $150,000 makeover to Sarah Palin, resulting in a tsunami of bad press and outrage from donors.
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