Obama is again positioning himself as the man funded by the people, in asking his supporters to "own a piece of this campaign", he contrasts his fundraising schemes with that of the man who will be his rival if he wins the Democratic Party nomination. He quotes a reporter who quotes a source close to McCain who is talking about his participation in a gala fundraiser with current President George W. Bush. The fundraiser is claimed to be "part of McCain's delicate effort to find the balance between embracing an unpopular president and taking advantage of his huge continuing draw with well-heeled Republicans." The purpose is to firstly ensure his supporters solidify around him, against the Bush-McCain alliance to retain power. But secondly it positions John McCain in the same moral league as anyone who will do anything to get the money to win that power, it positions McCain as being worse than a prostitute. Is this type of attack, a central theme of Obama's strategy to position him as an 'US' that includes the populace and a them inside 'Washington', going to gain him support simply because he is only funded by the people or will the novelty wear off is he wins the nomination and the campaign becomes more intense. More importantly how will McCain respond and how dirty will the contest get?