Not since the days of Richard Nixon, when the system was put into effect, has a Presidential candidate opted out of the public financing of his campaign. Not until, that is, Senator Barack Obama, the candidate of change.
The candidate of change, as recently as 2006, was waxing poetically about public financing of Presidential campaigns. He went so far as to say that while he agreed with the work being done by the senior senator from his state of Illinois, Dick (Gulags) Durbin on the efforts to reform lobbying and the flow of money into campaigns, until all Presidential campaigns were completely funded by the public then elections would not be fair. That was before his change of mind. That was before he ran for President himself, as a man of change, and decided since he was raising buckets of money he didn't need no stinkin' public financing and the rules it brings.
Buckets of money in politics. No change there. Politicians who go back on their word. No change there. Hmm. Where is this elusive change, anyway? I guess we'll put this change of mind into the column keeping track of broken promises from the junior senator from Illinois. We'll pencil it in right under the agreement he made with Senator McCain on being a part of the group sponsoring ethics and lobbying reform and then going back on his word at the eleventh hour.
Change is in the eye of the beholder.