Emilie Rutherford at Defense Daily talked to former DOD acquisition chief Paul Kaminiski -- now a Senator Barack Obama adviser -- about the KC-X contract. She reports this evening on the subscription-only Defense Daily web site:
An adviser to Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama (Ill.) said the concept of a dual buy for the Air Force's aerial refueling tanker competition has merit, and the campaign has not ruled out that option for the contract.The tanker never emerged as a major political issue in the presidential campaign, at least outside of Washington state. An Obama speech six weeks ago, which also took a pro-Boeing stance, made it seem for a moment that McCain's record on the tanker contract would become a campaign issue. Here's what Obama said on September 12, addressing the annual convention of the International Associations of Machinists.
John McCain just doesn't get it. Just ask your brothers and sisters at Boeing. Because while it was right for the Pentagon to cancel competition yesterday for the next generation of tankers, it was wrong for John McCain to reward two of the Washington lobbyists who worked against Boeing with jobs on his campaign.