February 25, 2010 / 5:56 PM / 10 years ago

McCain says Obama broke healthcare campaign pledge

WASHINGTON, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain charged on Thursday that the Democrats’ healthcare plan was drafted “behind closed-doors” despite President Barack Obama’s campaign vow of openness on the issue.

“Both of us ... promised ‘change in Washington,’” McCain, who challenged Obama for president in the 2008 election, reminded him at the White House healthcare summit.

“Eight times you said negotiations on healthcare reform would be conducted before C-Span cameras,” McCain said. “I’m glad, more than a year later, that they are here.”

“Unfortunately this product was not produced in that fashion,” McCain said. “It was produced behind doors. It was produced with unsavory — I say that with respect — deal making.” (Reporting by Thomas Ferraro and David Morgan; editing by Anthony Boadle)

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