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Junior Senator (IL); President-Elect:
Barack Obama on the Issues

Barack Obama on Abortion

  • No litmus test; nominate to Court based on their fairness. (Oct 2008)
  • 1990: Wrote law article that that fetus cannot sue mother. (Aug 2008)
  • FactCheck: Abortions HAVE gone down under Pres. Bush. (Aug 2008)
  • Ok for state to restrict late-term partial birth abortion. (Apr 2008)
  • We can find common ground between pro-choice and pro-life. (Apr 2008)
  • Undecided on whether life begins at conception. (Apr 2008)
  • Teach teens about abstinence and also about contraception. (Apr 2008)
  • GovWatch: Obama�s �present� votes were a requested strategy. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand access to contraception; reduce unintended pregnancy. (Feb 2008)
  • Rated 100% by NARAL on pro-choice votes in 2005, 2006 & 2007. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted against banning partial birth abortion. (Oct 2007)
  • Stem cells hold promise to cure 70 major diseases. (Aug 2007)
  • Trust women to make own decisions on partial-birth abortion. (Apr 2007)
  • Extend presumption of good faith to abortion protesters. (Oct 2006)
  • Constitution is a living document; no strict constructionism. (Oct 2006)
  • Moral accusations from pro-lifers are counterproductive. (Oct 2004)
  • Pass the Stem Cell Research Bill. (Jun 2004)
  • Protect a woman�s right to choose. (May 2004)

    Voting Record

  • Opposed born-alive treatment law because it was already law. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports Roe v. Wade. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions. (Jul 2006)
  • Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill providing contraceptives for low-income women. (May 2006)
  • Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Ensure access to and funding for contraception. (Feb 2007)

Barack Obama on Budget & Economy

  • Make government fiscally responsible & live within budget. (Oct 2008)
  • When Bush came in, we had a surplus; now we have a deficit. (Oct 2008)
  • Middle class needs a rescue package with tax cuts. (Oct 2008)
  • Bailout will unfreeze credit & allow businesses to function. (Oct 2008)
  • Every citizen should save energy & resources. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: National debt up from $6T to $10T under Bush. (Oct 2008)
  • Clinton left behind a surplus; Bush squandered it. (Jun 2008)
  • A different economic approach vs. McCain�s 4 more years. (May 2008)
  • Can�t do anything at home with $12 billion a month on Iraq. (Feb 2008)
  • Protect consumers with Credit Card Bill of Rights. (Feb 2008)
  • Bush stimulus plan leaves out seniors & unemployed. (Jan 2008)
  • Account for every single dollar for new proposed programs. (Jan 2008)
  • Bankruptcy bill pushed by banks & financial institutions. (Jan 2008)
  • Lack of an energy policy is a financial burden. (Jan 2008)
  • Release people in bankruptcy due to health care problems. (Jan 2008)
  • Bush & GOP dug budget hole; need years to dig out. (Dec 2007)
  • Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who don�t need them. (Dec 2007)
  • Take China �to the mat� about currency manipulation. (Dec 2007)
  • Rejects free market vision of government. (Oct 2007)
  • Return to PayGo: compensate for all new spending. (Oct 2006)
  • Bush�s economic policies are not working. (May 2004)
  • Supports federal programs to protect rural economy. (May 2004)

    Financial Bailout

  • Fundamentals were weak BEFORE crisis; focus on middle class. (Oct 2008)
  • Not enough to help those at the top: it doesn�t trickle down. (Oct 2008)
  • I sought re-regulation; McCain boasts he�s a deregulator. (Oct 2008)
  • We�re in the worst financial crisis since Great Depression. (Sep 2008)
  • The lax regulation that Bush favored got us in this disaster. (Sep 2008)
  • Pay attention to Main Street, not just Wall Street. (Sep 2008)
  • Decide financial rescue plan on future slower tax revenues. (Sep 2008)
  • Spending freeze is like a hatchet where you need a scalpel. (Sep 2008)
  • Latinos & blacks are hardest hit by housing & gas crises. (Jun 2008)
  • More accountability in subprime mortgages. (Feb 2008)
  • Help the homeowners actually living in their homes. (Jan 2008)
  • Capping credit card interest rates at 30% is not enough. (Jan 2008)
  • Accountability and oversight over the financial markets. (Jan 2008)
  • Modify some of the fraudulent & predatory lending practices. (Jan 2008)
  • Regulate financial instruments to protect home mortgages. (Aug 2007)
  • Government regulation needed for when markets fail. (Aug 2007)

    Voting Record

  • Voted against limiting credit to 30%, because 30% too high. (Jan 2008)
  • I opposed both the 2001 and 2005 bankruptcy bills. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying down federal debt by rating programs' effectiveness. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on $40B in reduced federal overall spending. (Dec 2005)
  • Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace. (Jan 2001)
  • Require full disclosure about subprime mortgages. (Dec 2007)
  • Reform mortgage rules to prevent foreclosure & bankruptcy. (Feb 2008)

Barack Obama on Civil Rights

  • Has stood together with Latino leaders for last 20 years. (Jun 2008)
  • Hate crimes related to the immigration issue is unacceptable. (Feb 2008)
  • People want to move beyond our divisions. (Jan 2008)
  • 2004 DNC speech merged �heritage� with �diversity�. (Dec 2007)
  • The politics of fear undermines basic civil liberties. (Oct 2007)
  • 1980s boss predicted Obama would be heir to MLK�s voice. (Aug 2007)
  • Racial equality good for America as a whole. (Jun 2007)
  • Put the Confederate flag in a museum, not the state house. (Apr 2007)
  • Muslim heritage gives Obama unique influence in Muslim world. (Oct 2006)
  • No black or white America--just United States of America. (Oct 2006)
  • Gays should not face discrimination but should not marry. (Oct 2004)
  • Forthright on racial issues and on his civil rights history. (Jul 2004)
  • Defend freedom and equality under law. (May 2004)
  • Politicians: don�t use religion to insulate from criticism. (Apr 2004)
  • Miscegenation a felony in 1960 when Obamas practiced it. (Aug 1996)
  • The civil rights movement was a success. (Aug 1996)

    Affirmative Action

  • Keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day�s work. (Aug 2008)
  • Apply affirmative action to poor white college applicants. (Apr 2008)
  • Community organizing continues the civil rights movement. (Apr 2008)
  • Legalized discrimination meant blacks could not amass wealth. (Mar 2008)
  • Fight job discrimination to give women equal footing at jobs. (Feb 2008)
  • Remove discriminatory barriers to the right to vote. (Feb 2008)
  • Benefited from affirmative action but overcame via merit. (Dec 2007)
  • Include class-based affirmative action with race-based. (Oct 2007)
  • Better enforce women�s pay equity via Equal Pay Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Blacks should infiltrate mainstream to affect change. (Aug 2007)
  • Commitment to diversity by CEOs is advisable. (Mar 2007)
  • African-Americans vote Democratic because of issue stances. (Jul 2004)
  • Supports affirmative action in colleges and government. (Jul 1998)

    Gay Rights

  • Opposes CA Prop. 8, one-man-one-woman marriage. (Jul 2008)
  • Being gay or lesbian is not a choice. (Nov 2007)
  • Decisions about marriage should be left to the states. (Oct 2007)
  • Homosexuality no more immoral than heterosexuality. (Oct 2007)
  • Ok to expose 6-year-olds to gay couples; they know already. (Sep 2007)
  • Has any marriage broken up because two gays hold hands? (Aug 2007)
  • We need strong civil unions, not just weak civil unions. (Aug 2007)
  • Legal rights for gays are conferred by state, not by church. (Aug 2007)
  • Disentangle gay rights from the word �marriage�. (Aug 2007)
  • Gay marriage is less important that equal gay rights. (Aug 2007)
  • Gay rights movement is somewhat like civil rights movement. (Aug 2007)
  • Let each denominations decide on recognizing gay marriage. (Jul 2007)
  • Pass ENDA and expand hate crime legislation. (Mar 2007)
  • Opposed 1996 Illinois DOMA bill. (Mar 2007)
  • Supports health benefits for gay civil partners. (Oct 2006)
  • Opposes gay marriage; supports civil union & gay equality. (Oct 2006)
  • Marriage not a human right; non-discrimination is. (Oct 2004)
  • Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • Strengthen the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. (Jun 2006)
  • Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill for special-needs evacuation plans. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance. (Dec 2006)
  • Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery. (Jun 2008)
  • Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees. (Dec 2007)
  • Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment. (Mar 2007)
  • Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements. (Jan 2008)

Barack Obama on Corporations

  • We both cut taxes; but McCain offers $200B to corporations. (Oct 2008)
  • No capital gains tax on earnings under $250K. (Oct 2008)
  • We need Wall Street responsibility BEFORE financial crises. (Sep 2008)
  • High corporate tax rate is offset by numerous loopholes. (Sep 2008)
  • We still need corporate ethics & vigilant government. (Jul 2008)
  • Cap the farm subsidies for Fortune 500 companies. (Dec 2007)
  • End tax breaks for companies that send jobs overseas. (Aug 2007)
  • Hold corporations responsible for pensions & work conditions. (Aug 2007)
  • Tax incentives for corporate responsibility. (Jun 2004)
  • Close tax loopholes for US companies relocating abroad. (Jun 2004)
  • REAL USA Plan: Reward companies that create domestic jobs. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on repealing tax subsidy for companies which move US jobs offshore. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted NO on reforming bankruptcy to include means-testing & restrictions. (Mar 2005)
  • Prevent money laundering by disclosing corporate owners. (May 2008)

Barack Obama on Crime

  • Job training for ex-offenders, to avoid return to crime. (Jul 2008)
  • We need more cops; but we also need more families. (Jun 2008)
  • Reduce recidivism by providing ex-offender supports. (Feb 2008)
  • Ban racial profiling & eliminate disparities in sentencing. (Feb 2008)
  • Have a civil rights division enforce laws fairly and justly. (Jan 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, more young black men in college than in prison. (Jan 2008)
  • Lack of enforcement sets tone for more hate crimes. (Dec 2007)
  • Legislated protecting police detainees during interrogation. (Nov 2007)
  • Pushed Illinois bill to videotape all capital interrogations. (Oct 2007)
  • No extra penalty for gang association. (Oct 2007)
  • Works on ex-offender laws because it could have been him. (Aug 2007)
  • Need justice that is not just us, but is everybody. (Jun 2007)
  • Reformed death penalty by listening & compromising. (Feb 2007)
  • Some heinous crimes justify the ultimate punishment. (Oct 2006)
  • Videotape all capital punishment interrogations. (Oct 2006)
  • Passed 150 laws to toughen penalties for violent crime. (Oct 2004)
  • Restrict police entry rules, to protect our civil liberties. (Oct 2004)
  • Death penalty should be enforced fairly and with caution. (Oct 2004)
  • Death penalty should not discriminate by gang membership. (Oct 2004)
  • Battles legislatively against the death penalty. (Jul 2004)
  • Supports alternative sentencing and rehabilitation. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program. (Jan 2007)
  • Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance. (Mar 2007)

Barack Obama on Drugs

  • Look at needle exchange; and expand treatment. (Feb 2008)
  • Fight to rid our communities of meth. (Feb 2008)
  • Expand drug courts; help prisoners with substance abuse. (Feb 2008)
  • 2001: questions harsh penalties for drug dealing. (Oct 2007)
  • Not first candidate to use drugs, but first honest about it. (Oct 2007)
  • Do not lower drinking age from 21 to 18. (Sep 2007)
  • Experimented with cocaine but turned down heroin. (Aug 2007)
  • A �secret smoker�, especially around reporters. (Aug 2007)
  • Smokes cigarettes now; smoked some pot in high school. (Feb 2007)
  • Admitted marijuana use in high school & college. (Jan 2007)
  • Deal with street-level drug dealing as minimum-wage affair. (Oct 2006)
  • Understand why youngsters want to use drugs. (Aug 1996)
  • End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine. (Jun 2007)
  • Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use. (Sep 2007)

Barack Obama on Education

  • Invest in early childhood education and higher education. (Aug 2008)
  • Fight for social & economic justice begins in the classroom. (Jul 2008)
  • To compete, students need at least H.S. & college degree. (Jun 2008)
  • Pay for college education for those who commit to teaching. (Jun 2008)
  • We need real commitment to education; instead we got NCLB. (Jun 2008)
  • $10 billion to guarantee early childhood education for all. (Jun 2008)
  • Merit pay ok if based on career instead of a single test. (Apr 2008)
  • Evolution & science aren�t incompatible with Christian faith. (Apr 2008)
  • Children�s First Agenda: zero to five early education. (Feb 2008)
  • $4,000 college tuition for 100 hours� public service a year. (Feb 2008)
  • Put billions of dollars into early childhood education. (Jan 2008)
  • Need after-school and summer programs with good parenting. (Jan 2008)
  • Get parents re-engaged in educating the children. (Dec 2007)
  • Nationwide program to reconstruct crumbling school buildings. (Sep 2007)
  • STEP UP: summer learning opportunities for disadvantaged. (Aug 2007)
  • We left the money behind for No Child Left Behind. (Aug 2007)
  • Pay �master teachers� extra, but with buy-in from teachers. (Aug 2007)
  • Supreme Court was wrong on school anti-integration ruling. (Jul 2007)
  • Incentives to hire a million teachers over next decade. (Jun 2007)
  • Pay teachers more money & treat them like professionals. (Jun 2007)
  • Cut banks out and add $4.5 Billion to college loans. (Mar 2007)
  • More teacher pay in exchange for more teacher accountability. (Oct 2006)
  • Guarantee affordable life-long, top-notch education. (Jun 2006)
  • Sex education needed to help children discuss molestation. (Oct 2004)
  • Provide decent funding and get rid of anti-intellectualism. (Jul 2004)
  • Address the growing achievement gap between students. (May 2004)
  • Will add 25,000 teachers in high-need areas. (May 2004)
  • Free public college for any student with B-average. (Jul 1998)

    School Choice

  • I doubled charter schools in Illinois; but no vouchers. (Oct 2008)
  • Vouchers don�t solve the problems of our schools. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain for national reforms & also DC vouchers. (Oct 2008)
  • Supports charter schools; it�s important to experiment. (Feb 2008)
  • We need a sense of urgency about improving education system. (Sep 2007)
  • Sends kids to private school; but wants good schools for all. (Jul 2007)
  • Public school system status quo is indefensible. (Oct 2006)
  • Supports charter schools and private investment in schools. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • First Senate bill: increase Pell Grant from $4,050 to $5,100. (Aug 2007)
  • Sponsored legislations that recruit and reward good teachers. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on $52M for "21st century community learning centers". (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on shifting $11B from corporate tax loopholes to education. (Mar 2005)

Barack Obama on Energy & Oil

  • Let�s build a fuel-efficient car in America, not abroad. (Oct 2008)
  • Ten years to eliminate dependence on foreign oil. (Oct 2008)
  • $15B to free us from foreign oil in 10 years. (Oct 2008)
  • Nuclear power ok, as one component of energy mix. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain rejected alternatives 11 times, not 23. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Reluctant on nuclear power in past; now favors it. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Both McCain & Obama plans kill oil tax loopholes. (Sep 2008)
  • Drilling is a stop-gap measure, not a long-term solution. (Aug 2008)
  • More Alaska oil & gas leases, plus new gas pipeline. (Aug 2008)
  • GovWatch: $150B for electric car batteries & new technology. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: Supports nuclear power if it�s clean & safe. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: Opposes Yucca Mountain for nuclear waste storage. (Jun 2008)
  • Rebate checks instead of gas tax holiday. (May 2008)
  • Gas tax holiday is a classic Washington gimmick. (May 2008)
  • Voted for failed IL gas tax holiday & learned from mistake. (May 2008)
  • Raise fuel efficiency standards to reduce long-term demand. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Self-contradictory on Bush�s clean-energy plan. (Jan 2008)
  • Reduce the consumption of energy and be more efficient. (Jan 2008)
  • Fuel efficiency and Middle East stability help on fuel costs. (Oct 2007)
  • Nuclear power ok if we safeguard against waste & terrorism. (Sep 2007)
  • Explore nuclear power as part of alternative energy mix. (Jul 2007)
  • Cheney met environmentalists once; but Big Oil 40 times. (Jul 2007)
  • Stop sending $800M a day to Mideast dictators for oil. (Mar 2007)
  • Harness homegrown, alternative fuels like ethanol. (Feb 2007)
  • Wants Detroit to build more hybrids & use more ethanol. (Oct 2006)
  • We cannot drill our way out of our addiction to oil. (Oct 2006)
  • 3-way win: economy, environment, & stop funding terror. (Jun 2006)
  • Conserve, develop alternative fuels, increase efficiencies. (Oct 2004)
  • Invest in alternative energy sources. (Jun 2004)
  • Increase CAFE to 40 mpg. (Jun 2004)
  • Tradable credits for renewable energy. (Jun 2004)
  • Renewable Fuels Standard: require ethanol in fuel supply. (May 2004)
  • Free America from its dependence on foreign oil. (Jul 2004)

    Global Warming

  • All nations must act to reduce carbon emissions. (Jul 2008)
  • $150B over 10 years to establish a green energy sector. (Jun 2008)
  • $150B investment over 10 years to reduce oil usage by 35%. (May 2008)
  • Figure out how to sequester carbon and burn clean coal. (May 2008)
  • GOP right on cap-&-trade: guidelines instead of bureaucracy. (Apr 2008)
  • Reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. (Feb 2008)
  • Aggressively address accelerating climate change. (Dec 2007)
  • Cap-and-trade carbon emissions; raise CAFE standard. (Jun 2007)
  • Cap-and-trade is more specific on reducing greenhouse gases. (Jan 2006)
  • 20% nation�s power supply from renewable sources by 2020. (Sep 2004)

    Voting Record

  • Passed tax credit for installing E85 ethanol at gas stations. (Feb 2008)
  • Sponsored legislations that improve energy efficiency. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on making oil-producing and exporting cartels illegal. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning. (May 2007)
  • Voted YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $3.1B for emergency oil assistance for hurricane-hit areas. (Oct 2005)
  • Voted YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%). (Jun 2005)
  • Voted YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for tax credit for providing 85% ethanol gas. (Apr 2005)
  • Sponsored bill to notify public when nuclear releases occur. (Mar 2006)
  • Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018. (Jul 2006)
  • Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence. (Dec 2006)
  • Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. (Jan 2007)
  • Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness. (Nov 2007)
  • Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025. (Jan 2007)
  • Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards. (Jan 2008)

Barack Obama on Environment

  • Government should invest in clean energy & green jobs. (Oct 2008)
  • Willing to suspend ethanol subsidy to keep food prices down. (May 2008)
  • Genesis teaches stewardship of earth: sacrifice for future. (Apr 2008)
  • Regulate animal feeding operations for pollution. (Feb 2008)
  • Will end the notion of Yucca Mountain nuclear storage. (Jan 2008)
  • Promote green technologies and fuel efficiency standards. (Dec 2007)
  • Organized inner-city recycling; fought environmental racism. (Oct 2007)
  • Reduce mercury and lead to protect community health. (Aug 2007)
  • Protect the Great Lakes & our National Parks and Forests. (Aug 2007)
  • 1985: Organized asbestos removal in Chicago housing project. (Aug 2007)
  • Passed lead abatement & 24 other laws in IL Senate. (Aug 2007)
  • Give Katrina contracts to locals, not to Halliburton. (Jun 2007)
  • Health Care for Hybrids proposal for fuel efficiency. (Mar 2007)
  • Scored 60% on Humane Society Scorecard on animal protection. (Jan 2007)
  • Three months working on minority students recycling. (Aug 1996)
  • Voted YES on including oil & gas smokestacks in mercury regulations. (Sep 2005)
  • Tax credit to remove lead-based housepaint. (Nov 2005)
  • Establish commission to examine Katrina response. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored health impact bill for environmental health. (Apr 2006)
  • Inter-state compact for Great Lakes water resources. (Jul 2008)
  • Strengthen prohibitions against animal fighting. (Jan 2007)

Barack Obama on Families & Children

  • Help families with paid sick days and better family leave. (Aug 2008)
  • Parents provide guidance by turning off TV & video games. (Jul 2008)
  • Admit that too many fathers are missing from too many homes. (Jun 2008)
  • I know what it means to have an absent father. (Jun 2008)
  • Reward fathers who pay child support with larger EITC. (Jun 2008)
  • Teach both abstinence and contraception to teens. (Apr 2008)
  • Expand flex-work & Family and Medical Leave Act. (Feb 2008)
  • Parents should control what�s coming over the airwaves. (Jan 2008)
  • Restore dream of making children�s lives better than parents. (Dec 2007)
  • All kids should learn about sexual abuse. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: �Sex Ed for Kindergarten� means �age-appropriate�. (Jul 2007)
  • Listening to evangelicals bridges major political fault line. (Oct 2006)
  • Sponsored bill banning high lead levels in children's toys. (Nov 2005)
  • Call for a White House Conference on Children and Youth. (Mar 2008)

Barack Obama on Foreign Policy

  • FactCheck: Campaign prevented committee meetings, not rules. (Sep 2008)
  • In Cold War, we won hearts & minds; now do same to world. (Jul 2008)
  • Dangers of intertwined world can�t be contained in borders. (Jul 2008)
  • Important to undo the damage of the last seven years. (Feb 2008)
  • Never negotiate out of fear, and never fear to negotiate. (Jan 2008)
  • President must abide by international human rights treaties. (Dec 2007)
  • Obama Doctrine: ideology has overridden facts and reality. (Dec 2007)
  • No Obama Doctrine; just democracy, security, liberty. (Oct 2007)
  • $50B annually to strengthen weak states at risk of collapse. (Aug 2007)
  • No �strategic ambiguity� on foreign policy issues. (Aug 2007)
  • My critics engineered our biggest foreign policy disaster. (Aug 2007)
  • Meet with enemy leaders; it�s a disgrace that we have not. (Jul 2007)
  • We cannot afford isolationism. (Mar 2007)
  • Never has US had so much power & so little influence to lead. (Jul 2004)
  • US policy should promote democracy and human rights. (Jul 2004)

    Africa

  • Majored in international affairs based on living abroad. (Jul 2008)
  • Moral obligation to intervene in Darfur to avoid spillover. (Jul 2008)
  • Wrote 2006 law stabilizing Congo with $52M. (Oct 2007)
  • Increased aid to Republic of Congo. (Aug 2007)
  • Visited largest slum in Africa, to publicize its plight. (Aug 2007)
  • No-fly zone in Darfur; but pay attention more in Africa. (Jun 2007)
  • U.S. funds for humanitarian aid to Darfur. (Mar 2007)
  • Protested South African apartheid while at college. (Feb 2007)
  • Focus on corruption to improve African development. (Oct 2006)
  • Visited Africa in 2006; encouraged HIV testing & research. (Oct 2006)

    Americas

  • Meet with Cuban leaders only with agenda of US interests. (Feb 2008)
  • Cuba: Loosen restrictions now; normalization later. (Feb 2008)
  • Willing to meet with Fidel Castro, Kim Jung Il & Hugo Chavez. (Nov 2007)
  • Invest in our relationship with Mexico. (Sep 2007)

    Asia

  • We must be tough with Pakistan & stop coddling Musharraf. (Sep 2008)
  • Must be tough on Iran, but talk to them too. (Sep 2008)
  • Learned privilege of being American by living in Indonesia. (Jul 2008)
  • China is a competitor but not an enemy. (Dec 2007)
  • U.S. needs to ameliorate trade relations with China. (Mar 2007)

    Europe

  • We�ve been reactive for 8 years; be proactive with Russia. (Oct 2008)
  • Recent Russian actions in Georgia are unacceptable. (Sep 2008)
  • In Berlin: proud citizen of US; fellow citizen of the world. (Jul 2008)
  • Cooperation among nations is not a choice; it�s the only way. (Jul 2008)
  • Chairs European subcommittee; could hold Afghanistan hearing. (Jul 2008)
  • Engage Russia regarding nuclear proliferation. (Jul 2008)
  • Strengthen NATO to face 21st-century threats. (Aug 2007)

    Mideast

  • Kissinger agrees with me on meeting with enemy leaders. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Kissinger opposes presidential meetings with Iran. (Sep 2008)
  • My record on Israel is same as McCain�s. (Jul 2008)
  • Appropriate for Israel to take out Syrian nuclear reactor. (Jul 2008)
  • Jerusalem should be capital of Israel, pending final status. (Jul 2008)
  • Jerusalem as joint Palestinian-Israeli capital is ok. (Jul 2008)
  • Palestinian people suffer-but from not recognizing Israel. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: Palestinian suffering from stalled peace effort. (Apr 2007)
  • Supports Israel�s self-defense; but distrusted by Israelis. (Oct 2006)

    Resolutions

  • At college, protested for divestment from South Africa. (Aug 2007)
  • Sponsored aid bill to avert humanitarian crisis in Congo. (Dec 2005)
  • Implement Darfur Peace Agreement with UN peacekeeping force. (Feb 2008)
  • Urge Venezuela to re-open dissident radio & TV stations. (May 2007)
  • Let Ukraine & Georgia enter NATO. (Jan 2008)
  • Condemn violence by Chinese government in Tibet. (Apr 2008)
  • Sanction Mugabe until Zimbabwe transitions to democracy. (Apr 2008)

Barack Obama on Free Trade

  • We export only 4,000 cars to Korea; that�s not free trade!. (Oct 2008)
  • Global trade is unsustainable if it favors only the few. (Jul 2008)
  • Impossible to turn back globalization; we�d be worse off. (Jun 2008)
  • Don�t let trade policy be dictated by special interests. (Jun 2008)
  • Strong labor, safety, and environmental standards on trade. (Feb 2008)
  • More Transition Assistance for displaced workers. (Feb 2008)
  • Enforce environmental & labor provisions in trade agreements. (Jan 2008)
  • Enforce existing safety laws against Chinese products. (Dec 2007)
  • NAFTA needs to be amended. (Dec 2007)
  • Stand firm against CAFTA for labor & environmental standards. (Aug 2007)
  • Congress subsidizes megafarms & hurts family farmers. (Aug 2007)
  • People don�t want cheaper T-shirts if it costs their job. (Aug 2007)
  • Amend NAFTA to add labor agreements. (Aug 2007)
  • Reinvest in communities that are burdened by globalization. (Jun 2007)
  • Insist on labor and human rights standards for China trade. (Jul 2004)
  • Fair trade should have tangible benefits for US. (Jun 2004)
  • Voted YES on free trade agreement with Oman. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade. (Jul 2005)
  • Extend trade restrictions on Burma to promote democracy. (Jun 2007)

Barack Obama on Government Reform

  • FactCheck: Yes, earmarks total $18B in this year�s budget. (Oct 2008)
  • Eliminating earmarks isn�t enough; but I�ll check every line. (Sep 2008)
  • Eliminate government programs that no longer work. (Aug 2008)
  • FactCheck: Worked with McCain on ethics, but bill fell apart. (Aug 2008)
  • Use technology to shine a light on spending. (Jun 2008)
  • Lobbyists & special interests have strangle-hold on agenda. (Feb 2008)
  • Consistently in favor of more disclosure around earmarks. (Feb 2008)
  • Created a publicly searchable database on earmarks spending. (Feb 2008)
  • Need a government that listens to the people again. (Feb 2008)
  • Give D.C. the opportunity to elect its own representatives. (Feb 2008)
  • Shine light on federal contracts, earmarks, & proposed bills. (Feb 2008)
  • Bad idea to over-classify information. (Dec 2007)
  • Bush�s signing statements are a clear abuse of prerogative. (Dec 2007)
  • Public submits policy ideas on Obama�s �My Policy� website. (Oct 2007)
  • Create �Google for Government� to track government spending. (Aug 2007)
  • Prayer can�t prevent disasters; good policy can handle them. (Aug 2007)
  • Registered 150,000 new minority voters in Chicago in 1992. (Jul 2007)
  • Half of us don�t vote; time for taking it back. (Jun 2007)
  • Bush administration has done �great damage� to U.S. (Mar 2007)
  • Sponsored bill to disclose earmarks on Internet. (Oct 2006)
  • Filibuster has long tradition, but used to harm civil rights. (Oct 2006)
  • Electing US Senators empowers people: keep 17th Amendment. (Oct 2004)
  • People are really ready for a message for change. (Jul 2004)
  • Campaign race baiting works in both directions. (Aug 1996)

    Campaign Finance Reform

  • FactCheck: Yes, agreed to public financing, then declined it. (Oct 2008)
  • GovWatch: Promised public financing, and then retreated. (Jun 2008)
  • AdWatch: I opt out of broken public campaign finance system. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: No, McCain & RNC don�t get much money from PACs. (Jun 2008)
  • Ended corporate jet travel subsidized by lobbyists. (Feb 2008)
  • Never took money from federal lobbyists or their companies. (Jan 2008)
  • No lobbyist money; no PAC money; fund campaigns instead. (Jan 2008)
  • Money is the original sin in politics and I am not sinless. (Nov 2007)
  • Reduced cost TV ads for candidates; $85M presidential limit. (Oct 2007)
  • Ok to take $5 donations from drug company employees. (Sep 2007)
  • Public campaign financing with free television & radio time. (Aug 2007)
  • 1998: First law passed, 52-4, stripping legislator perks. (Aug 2007)
  • 2004: Used state money for seemingly political mailing. (Aug 2007)
  • No �bundled� money from federal-registered lobbyists. (Aug 2007)
  • Campaigns last too long & cost too much. (Aug 2007)
  • Doesn�t take PAC money or federal lobbyists� money. (Jul 2007)
  • People know his �bundlers� because he pushed disclosure law. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: no lobbyist money; yes from bundlers who lobby. (Jul 2007)
  • First bill ever passed was campaign finance reform. (Apr 2007)
  • FactCheck: no lobbyist money, yes from lobbyist spouses. (Apr 2007)
  • Hopefund PAC pushes government to honor sacred commitments. (Nov 2006)
  • Lobbyist influence comes from access, not money. (Oct 2006)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama cast 130 �present� votes in IL Senate. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on granting the District of Columbia a seat in Congress. (Sep 2007)
  • Voted NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity. (Mar 2006)
  • Election reform is #1 priority to prevent disenfranchisement. (Jan 2001)
  • Sponsored bill criminalizing deceptive info about elections. (Nov 2005)
  • Sponsored resolution rejecting photo ID for voting. (Sep 2005)
  • Sponsored bill to post earmarks on the Internet. (Jan 2006)
  • Prohibit voter intimidation in federal elections. (Mar 2007)
  • Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting. (Nov 2007)

Barack Obama on Gun Control

  • Ok for states & cities to determine local gun laws. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama endorsed Illinois handgun ban. (Apr 2008)
  • April 2008: "Bittergate" labeled Obama elitist. (Apr 2008)
  • Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok. (Feb 2008)
  • Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing. (Jan 2008)
  • 2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month. (Oct 2007)
  • Concealed carry OK for retired police officers. (Aug 2007)
  • Stop unscrupulous gun dealers dumping guns in cities. (Jul 2007)
  • Keep guns out of inner cities--but also problem of morality. (Oct 2006)
  • Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban. (Oct 2004)
  • Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions. (Jul 1998)
  • Voted NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers. (Jul 2005)

Barack Obama on Health Care

  • Health care is a right: something�s fundamentally wrong now. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Exempts small business, but no $2,500/yr savings. (Oct 2008)
  • Health tax credit is bad idea; it will cost taxpayers more. (Sep 2008)
  • $15B subsidies to private insurers was a lobbyist giveaway. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain�s plan taxes employees, not employers. (Sep 2008)
  • Give more help to those denied a life of dignity & respect. (Jul 2008)
  • Guaranteed health care for anyone who needs it. (Jul 2008)
  • End-of-life self-medication ok; euthanasia by others not ok. (Apr 2008)
  • Hillary�s plan must either be enforced, or leave out people. (Feb 2008)
  • The problem with health care is about affordability. (Jan 2008)
  • Subsidies to people who can�t afford care--not single payer. (Jan 2008)
  • Bring GOP & Dems together to make haelthcare affordable. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Reducing obesity would save $18B, not $1T. (Dec 2007)
  • Reforms in prevention and drug price negotiation save money. (Dec 2007)
  • Tackle insurance companies on reimbursement system. (Oct 2007)
  • Help young people deal with the cost of medical education. (Oct 2007)
  • Morally wrong that terminally ill must consider money. (Sep 2007)
  • FactCheck: Correct that insurance lobbying cost $1B. (Sep 2007)
  • National smoking bans only after trying local bans. (Sep 2007)
  • Reform failed in �90s because of drug company lobbying. (Jul 2007)
  • Take on insurance companies; drive down health care costs. (Jun 2007)
  • Address minority health needs by more coverage & targeting. (Mar 2007)
  • Health care tied to balancing costs and taxes nation wide. (Jun 2006)
  • Allowing seniors to bulk purchase will save taxpayers� money. (Oct 2004)
  • Allow prescription drug re-importation. (May 2004)

    AIDS

  • Use whatever works with AIDS, including teaching abstinence. (Apr 2008)
  • We need condom distribution to deal with the scourge of AIDS. (Aug 2007)
  • Homophobia prevents talking about HIV/AIDS. (Jun 2007)
  • Got tested for AIDS, with wife, in public, in Kenya. (Jun 2007)
  • Curing AIDS must be all-hands-on-deck effort. (Mar 2007)
  • Lead global fight against AIDS. (Jul 2004)

    Universal Coverage

  • Zero fines & no mandate for small business. (Oct 2008)
  • Reduce premiums and uninsured get same coverage as Congress. (Oct 2008)
  • No exclusions for pre-existing conditions. (Oct 2008)
  • Ban insurance companies from discriminating against the sick. (Aug 2008)
  • I�ve got a health plan and a plan to get it implemented. (Jun 2008)
  • AdWatch: My plan costs $2,500 less per family than Clinton�s. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Unclear if Obama�s plan costs less than Clinton�s. (Apr 2008)
  • Universal health care means anyone who wants it can get it. (Feb 2008)
  • Insurers are happy to have a mandate; issue is affordability. (Feb 2008)
  • Voluntary universal participation, like in Medicare Part B. (Feb 2008)
  • Mandating kids� insurance ok; mandating adults has problems. (Feb 2008)
  • Young adults up to age 25 can be covered under parents� plan. (Feb 2008)
  • My plan does more than anybody to reduce costs. (Feb 2008)
  • My health plan does not leave 15 million people uncovered. (Feb 2008)
  • Adults will get health care as they can afford it. (Feb 2008)
  • AdWatch: punishing uninsured families doesn�t make sense. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Hillary�s plan does mandate; but so does Obama�s. (Feb 2008)
  • No one turned away due to illness or pre-existing condition. (Feb 2008)
  • Buy private insurance via National Health Insurance Exchange. (Feb 2008)
  • Against enforcement mechanism for mandating insurance. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama favored single-payer, despite denial. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: No, US costs are not twice as much as others. (Jan 2008)
  • AdWatch: Pressure insurance & drug companies to change. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: OPPORTUNITY to insure all, but no GUARANTEE. (Jan 2008)
  • AdWatch: Don�t make it illegal not to have health care. (Jan 2008)
  • Being poor in this country is hazardous to your health. (Dec 2007)
  • Problem isn�t mandating coverage, but affording it. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Coverage plan might leave 8.5 million uninsured. (Nov 2007)
  • Cautious incremental plan offers choice & subsidy. (Nov 2007)
  • Added 20,000 children to Illinois healthcare. (Oct 2007)
  • Government healthcare like members of Congress have. (Sep 2007)
  • Increase competition in the insurance and drug markets. (Aug 2007)
  • National Health Insurance Exchange for private coverage. (Aug 2007)
  • Health plan cuts typical family�s premium by $2,500 a year. (Jun 2007)
  • Give people the choice to buy affordable health care. (Jun 2007)
  • National insurance pool & catastrophic insurance. (Apr 2007)
  • Employers are going to have to pay or play. (Mar 2007)
  • Need political will to accomplish universal coverage. (Mar 2007)
  • Universal health care by of first term. (Feb 2007)
  • Healthcare system is broken without lifetime employment. (Oct 2006)
  • The market alone can�t solve our health-care woes. (Oct 2006)
  • Focus on the affordability of a broad healthcare plan. (Jan 2006)
  • Crises happen in our lives and healthcare is necessary. (Oct 2004)
  • Believes health care is a right, not a privilege for the few. (Sep 2004)
  • Will expand health coverage & allow meds to be re-imported. (May 2004)
  • Ensure access to basic care. (Jul 1998)

    Voting Record

  • No need to mandate coverage; just let people afford it. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)

Barack Obama on Homeland Security

  • Obama Doctrine: moral interest as well as national interest. (Oct 2008)
  • Strategic issue is where to send & how to fund our troops. (Sep 2008)
  • Inappropriate to lie to public; just don�t answer questions. (Sep 2008)
  • Disrupting Al Qaeda in Afghanistan prevented another 9/11. (Sep 2008)
  • Islam in 1970s was not opposed to West & rule of law. (Jul 2008)
  • Go after al Qaeda but also shrink pool of potential recruits. (Jul 2008)
  • No torture; no renditions; no operating out of fear. (Apr 2008)
  • Al Qaida is stronger now than in 2001 as Iraq distracted us. (Jan 2008)
  • Colleges must allow military recruiters for ROTC on campus. (Jan 2008)
  • No presidential power for secret surveillance. (Dec 2007)
  • No holding US citizens as unlawful enemy combatants. (Dec 2007)
  • Congress decides what constitutes torture, not president. (Dec 2007)
  • No torture; defiance of FISA; no military commissions. (Dec 2007)
  • Restore habeas corpus to reach Muslims abroad. (Dec 2007)
  • Human rights and national security are complementary. (Nov 2007)
  • Don�t allow our politics to be driven by fear of terrorism. (Nov 2007)
  • 2006: Obama-Lugar bill restricted conventional weapons. (Oct 2007)
  • Judgment is as important as experience. (Oct 2007)
  • If attacked, first help victims then prevent further attacks. (Oct 2007)
  • America cannot sanction torture; no loopholes or exceptions. (Sep 2007)
  • Repeal Don�t-Ask-Don�t-Tell. (Aug 2007)
  • 2005: Passed bill to reduce conventional weapon stockpiles. (Aug 2007)
  • We are no safer now than we were after 9/11. (Aug 2007)
  • Close Guantanamo and restore the right of habeas corpus. (Jun 2007)
  • Homeland security must protect citizens, not intrude on them. (Mar 2007)
  • America must practice the patriotism it preaches. (Mar 2007)
  • Personal privacy must be protected even in terrorism age. (Mar 2007)
  • Get first responders the healthcare and equipment they need. (Mar 2007)
  • Need to be both strong and smart on national defense. (Oct 2006)
  • Grow size of military to maintain rotation schedules. (Oct 2006)
  • Battling terrorism must go beyond belligerence vs. isolation. (Oct 2006)
  • Going after Al Qaeda in Pakistan is not Bush-style invasion. (Jan 2006)
  • We are currently inspecting 3% of all incoming cargo. (Oct 2004)
  • Balance domestic intelligence reform with civil liberty risk. (Jul 2004)
  • Give our soldiers the best equipment and training available. (Jul 2004)

    National Service

  • Serving America doesn�t mean going out shopping. (Oct 2008)
  • $4,000 tuition tax credit in exchange for community service. (Jun 2008)
  • Expand Peace Corps and AmeriCorps to 266,000 slots. (Feb 2008)
  • Put forward a national service program. (Jan 2008)
  • Give 18-year-old women opportunity to serve. (Dec 2007)
  • Register women for draft, but not for combat. (Jul 2007)

    Nuclear Weapons

  • Seek the peace of a world without nuclear weapons. (Jul 2008)
  • 2007: With Hagel, introduced nuclear nonproliferation bill. (Mar 2008)
  • Pursue goal of a world without nuclear weapons. (Feb 2008)
  • Rebuild a nuclear nonproliferation strategy. (Jan 2008)
  • Protecting nuclear power plants is of utmost importance. (Mar 2007)
  • Rebuild the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. (Jan 2006)
  • Increase funding to decommission Russian nukes. (Jul 2004)

    Veterans

  • Unacceptable to have veterans drive 250 miles to a hospital. (Feb 2008)
  • Improve veterans� mental health treatment & PTSD benefits. (Feb 2008)
  • Support veterans via the Dignity for Wounded Warriors Act. (Aug 2007)
  • Address the deficiencies in the VA system. (Jun 2007)
  • The cost of the Iraq war should not shortchange VA benefits. (Jun 2007)
  • Make sure the outpatient facilities work for veterans. (Jun 2007)
  • Comprehensive plan for our veterans healthcare. (Mar 2007)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Promised to repeal Patriot Act, then voted for it. (Jan 2008)
  • Wrote law to secure & destroy world�s deadliest weapons. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad. (Aug 2007)
  • Voted YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted YES on implementing the 9/11 Commission report. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act. (Mar 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on restricting business with entities linked to terrorism. (Jul 2005)
  • Voted YES on restoring $565M for states' and ports' first responders. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget. (Jun 2006)
  • Improve mental health care benefits for returning veterans. (Jun 2008)
  • Study & address suicides among veterans. (Apr 2008)
  • Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror. (Jun 2007)
  • Establish global strategy to defeat al Qaeda. (Feb 2008)

Barack Obama on Immigration

  • America has nothing to fear from today�s immigrants. (Jun 2008)
  • We need comprehensive reform, like McCain used to support. (Jun 2008)
  • Recognize the humanity of immigrants: Todos somos Americanos. (Jun 2008)
  • GovWatch: Anti-immigrants fuel xenophobia, but 45% increase. (Jun 2008)
  • Encourage every student to learn a second language. (Feb 2008)
  • Need to look at different aspects of immigration reform. (Feb 2008)
  • Have border patrolled, surveillance, and deploy technology. (Feb 2008)
  • Increasing the legal fees on immigrants is not helping. (Feb 2008)
  • Deporting 12 million people is ridiculous and impractical. (Feb 2008)
  • Immigration raids are ineffective. (Feb 2008)
  • Solve the driver�s license issue with immigration reform. (Jan 2008)
  • Immigrants are scapegoats for high unemployment rates. (Jan 2008)
  • Health plan: not enough resources for illegal immigrants. (Jan 2008)
  • Illegals shouldn�t work; but should have path to citizenship. (Dec 2007)
  • Don�t deputize Americans to turn in illegal immigrants. (Dec 2007)
  • OK to provide government services in Spanish. (Dec 2007)
  • Comprehensive solution includes employers & borders. (Nov 2007)
  • Undocumented workers come here to work, not to drive. (Nov 2007)
  • Support granting driver�s licenses to illegal immigrants. (Nov 2007)
  • FactCheck: Lightning IS likelier than employer prosecution. (Nov 2007)
  • Illegal immigrants� lack of ID is a public safety concern. (Oct 2007)
  • Immigration system is broken for legal immigrants. (Sep 2007)
  • Reform must include more border security, and border wall. (Sep 2007)
  • Sanctuary cities show that feds are not enforcing law. (Sep 2007)
  • Pathway to citizenship, but people have to earn it. (Aug 2007)
  • Let�s be a nation of laws AND a nation of immigrants. (Aug 2007)
  • Do a better job patrolling the Canadian and Mexican borders. (Jun 2007)
  • Give immigrants who are here a rigorous path to citizenship. (Jun 2007)
  • Extend welfare and Medicaid to immigrants. (Jul 1998)
  • Support the DREAM Act for the children of illegal immigrants. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities". (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on comprehensive immigration reform. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on building a fence along the Mexican border. (Sep 2006)
  • Voted YES on establishing a Guest Worker program. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security. (May 2006)
  • Voted YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship. (May 2006)
  • Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty. (May 2005)
  • Sponsored bill paying fair prevailing wage to guest workers. (May 2006)
  • Provide funding for social services for noncitizens. (May 2006)
  • Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance. (Dec 2006)

Barack Obama on Jobs

  • Solution to financial crisis is more job creation. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, wants to limit secret balloting for unions. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, McCain voted for overseas tax deferral, but. (Oct 2008)
  • End incentives that move jobs overseas. (Sep 2008)
  • Fight attacks on workers� right to organize & strike. (Feb 2008)
  • Focus farm programs on family farms, not giant corporations. (Feb 2008)
  • Paying more at Wal-Mart is worth it for having US jobs. (Dec 2007)
  • Give public safety officers collective bargaining rights. (Aug 2007)
  • Chief co-sponsor of IL ENDA, against gay job discrimination. (Aug 2007)
  • Chicago�s Soldier Field stadium construction created jobs. (Aug 2007)
  • Pres. candidates can afford minimum wage; most folks can�t. (Jul 2007)
  • Make the minimum wage a living wage. (Jun 2007)
  • Burdens of globalization are placed on the backs of workers. (Mar 2007)
  • Owes unions who endorsed him; that�s why he�s in politics. (Oct 2006)
  • Working full-time should mean enough to support a family. (Oct 2006)
  • Overrode federal overtime rules and raised the minimum wage. (Sep 2004)
  • Make sure that African-American men have access to jobs. (Jul 2004)
  • Fund Trade Adjustment Assistance for service workers too. (Jun 2004)
  • Increase IL minimum wage to $6.50 an hour. (Jun 2004)
  • Tax cuts for the rich do not create jobs. (May 2004)
  • Obama will strengthen unions and workers� rights. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on terminating legal challenges to English-only job rules. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on restricting employer interference in union organizing. (Jun 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing minimum wage to $7.25. (Feb 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising the minimum wage to $7.25 rather than $6.25. (Mar 2005)
  • Sponsored bill allowing an Air Traffic Controller's Union. (Jan 2006)
  • Match minimum wage increases to Congressional pay raises. (May 2006)
  • Extend unemployment compensation during recession. (Jan 2008)

Barack Obama on Principles & Values

  • Bill Ayers is not & will not be involved with my campaign. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Spoke at ACORN events, as well as court case. (Oct 2008)
  • My associates are Warren Buffet, Paul Volcker, & Sen. Lugar. (Oct 2008)
  • Biden has knowledge, long career, and cares. (Oct 2008)
  • Ordinary people found the courage to keep the promise alive. (Aug 2008)
  • The Ownership Society really means �you�re on your own�. (Aug 2008)
  • Measure progress by observing how ordinary people are doing. (Aug 2008)
  • Our government must keep the promise of America. (Aug 2008)
  • Fulfilling America�s promise means individual participation. (Aug 2008)
  • To John McCain: We all put our country first. (Aug 2008)
  • The Republicans make a big election about small things. (Aug 2008)
  • The American promise is our greatest inheritance. (Aug 2008)
  • Ally Tony Rezko indicted for kickbacks from Gov. Blagojevich. (Aug 2008)
  • We have to demand more from ourselves. (Jul 2008)
  • I revere the American flag; I don�t refuse to wear flag pins. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, refused to wear a flag pin, last year. (Apr 2008)
  • Actions can be seen in 20 years of my public service. (Feb 2008)
  • Wouldn�t be running if I didn�t think I was prepared. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Ranked most liberal in Senate, based on 99 votes. (Feb 2008)
  • The Clinton years were undeniably better than the Bush years. (Jan 2008)
  • Turn the page on the failed politics & policies of the past. (Jan 2008)
  • Made the right decisions that were not politically popular. (Jan 2008)
  • Gave away all Rezko �boneheaded� donations to charity. (Nov 2007)
  • 2 years older than JFK when JFK ran for president. (Nov 2007)
  • On �inexperience�: he wrote policy books that media ignores. (Oct 2007)
  • Don�t know if life beyond earth; focus on life here on earth. (Oct 2007)
  • Criticizes voter cynicism from decades of disappointment. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted with Democratic Party 96.0% of 251 votes. (Sep 2007)
  • The Plan: Raise Obama�s profile, including African adventure. (Aug 2007)
  • Assigned RFK�s Senate desk; invokes RFK regularly. (Feb 2007)
  • Convention speech understood country yearns for unity. (Oct 2006)
  • Post-1960s politics more about moral attitude than issues. (Oct 2006)
  • Americans dislike partisanship--not solution like Dems think. (Oct 2006)
  • Enlist the American people in the process of self-government. (Jan 2006)
  • Be strong or be clever and make peace. (Aug 1996)
  • Guilt is a luxury that not everyone can afford. (Aug 1996)

    Campaign Themes

  • We�re more decent & compassionate than last 8 years. (Aug 2008)
  • The destiny of all Americans is inextricably linked. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Behind "hope & change" rhetoric lays radical views. (Aug 2008)
  • ¡Sí, se puede! Yes, we can!. (Jun 2008)
  • Key issue is McCain following Bush on war & economy. (Jun 2008)
  • This union may never be perfect, but can always be perfected. (Mar 2008)
  • Go beyond the divisions so that the government can work. (Feb 2008)
  • Life experiences taught me how to bring people together. (Feb 2008)
  • People understand we must bring the country together. (Feb 2008)
  • I have shown the right judgment to lead. (Feb 2008)
  • Labels like �most liberal� prevent problem-solving. (Feb 2008)
  • Overcome politics of demonizing opponents. (Jan 2008)
  • End politics of division; make it about addition. (Jan 2008)
  • We are choosing hope over fear. (Jan 2008)
  • Hope is the bedrock of this nation. (Jan 2008)
  • If you join me I promise you we can change America. (Dec 2007)
  • Resounds with American theme of overcoming burden of history. (Nov 2007)
  • Cultivates comparison to Jack Kennedy. (Nov 2007)
  • Campaigns assiduously in black churches. (Nov 2007)
  • Viral video �I Got a Crush on Obama� by Obama Girl. (Nov 2007)
  • Community politics: merges Alinsky & political activism. (Oct 2007)
  • Apply lessons from both Goldwater and McGovern. (Oct 2007)
  • Invites supporters to join him on �This Improbable Quest�. (Oct 2007)
  • Resolve �most electable� vs.�most progressive� by being both. (Oct 2007)
  • Turn the page: invite GOP & independents to join in agenda. (Sep 2007)
  • Seen as both critical outsider and establishment insider. (Aug 2007)
  • People have an urgent desire for change in Washington. (Jul 2007)
  • A �hopemonger�, having seen the power of hope. (Jun 2007)
  • Washington can change if we say: Yes we can. (Mar 2007)
  • Replace partisan bickering with politics of hope. (Feb 2007)
  • I�ve been in DC long enough to know that it must change. (Feb 2007)
  • Portrayed as a multiplier instead of a divider. (Oct 2006)
  • Progressives should recognize common morality with religion. (Oct 2006)
  • �Audacity of Hope� to change politics to reflect common good. (Oct 2006)
  • Seek common ground, not a moral crusade. (Oct 2004)
  • Offer real hope-not blind optimism-to the American people. (Jul 2004)
  • I�m living my parents� dreams and the American dream. (Jul 2004)
  • Greatness based on Declaration of Independence, not military. (Jul 2004)
  • We are one people all defending the United States of America. (Jul 2004)
  • Want common-sense solutions, not liberal-conservative labels. (Jul 2004)

    Past Campaigns

  • Borrowed "Just Words" speech from Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick. (Aug 2008)
  • Campaigning on change from the bottom up that King stood for. (Jan 2008)
  • Ran for Congress in 2000 & lost. (Nov 2007)
  • 1990: Elected Law Review president with conservative support. (Aug 2007)
  • State Senate opponents disqualified on technicality. (Aug 2007)
  • Senate 2004 campaign theme: �Yes we can�. (Aug 2007)
  • 2004: Won Senate seat against Alan Keyes, 70%-29%. (Aug 2007)
  • Lost Congressional primary in 1999 to Bobby Rush. (Feb 2007)

    Personal History

  • Favorite movie: �The Godfather�, for respect & family. (Sep 2008)
  • Father's car crash death may have included alcohol. (Aug 2008)
  • Father had wife in Africa when he met and married Ann Dunham. (Aug 2008)
  • Father left family for Harvard education. (Aug 2008)
  • Father's upbringing was Muslim, although never religious. (Aug 2008)
  • Visited Africa 3 times; 1986, then 1992 & 2006 with Michelle. (Aug 2008)
  • Father had 3 or 4 wives; Barack has at least 5 half-siblings. (Aug 2008)
  • Father came to US on student airlift; JFK funded 2nd airlift. (Aug 2008)
  • GovWatch: �Worked his way thru college� meant 2 summer jobs. (Jul 2008)
  • In no other country is my story even possible. (Mar 2008)
  • FactCheck: Took Rezko�s donations, but never represented him. (Jan 2008)
  • �Dreams From My Father� is an archetypal search. (Dec 2007)
  • Obama REPRESENTS something; doesn�t have to DO anything. (Dec 2007)
  • Won Grammy for recording �Dreams from My Father�. (Nov 2007)
  • Real estate deal with felon was �boneheaded� but ethical. (Oct 2007)
  • First major politician of the post-Baby Boom generation. (Oct 2007)
  • Most decisive moment: transition from high school to college. (Aug 2007)
  • High school jock--played football as defensive lineman. (Aug 2007)
  • Goal as youth: Leave the world a better place. (Aug 2007)
  • Planned on presidency since well before 2004 Convention. (Aug 2007)
  • Dreams from My Father originally about Harvard Law Review. (Aug 2007)
  • Favorite authors: E. L. Doctorow & Shakespeare. (Aug 2007)
  • To understand Obama, understand Hawaii�s cultural mix. (Aug 2007)
  • Father was first African exchange student at U. Hawaii. (Aug 2007)
  • Met Michelle Robinson at law firm; married in 1990. (Aug 2007)
  • A reformed smoker but occasionally burns one. (Mar 2007)
  • Traces ancestry to Jefferson Davis, President of Confederacy. (Feb 2007)
  • Personal story is basis of political desire to unite. (Feb 2007)
  • Greeted as hero on visit to ancestral Kenya. (Feb 2007)
  • Father died in car crash before Barack got to know him. (Feb 2007)
  • Moved to Illinois as community organizer, for $13,000 a year. (Feb 2007)
  • Born in Hawaii; lives on Chicago�s South Side. (Nov 2006)
  • Full name: Barack Hussein Obama; family calls him �Barry�. (Oct 2006)
  • First black president of the Harvard Law Review. (Jul 2004)
  • Poverty of political organizers was proof of their integrity. (Aug 1996)

    Racism & Race

  • Taking a black candidate for granted is measure of progress. (Jun 2008)
  • Rev. Wright and flag pins re distractions from real issues. (Apr 2008)
  • FactCheck: William Ayres never killed anyone with bombs. (Apr 2008)
  • Epiphany at age 21 settled his racial identity. (Apr 2008)
  • This candidacy is not just an exercise in affirmative action. (Mar 2008)
  • We�ve never really worked through complexities of race. (Mar 2008)
  • Working together we can move beyond some old racial wounds. (Mar 2008)
  • Intertwined search for father and racial identity. (Dec 2007)
  • A Bound Man: inner turmoil of 1960s black nationalism. (Dec 2007)
  • Rooted in African-American community but also more than that. (Dec 2007)
  • Embodies smothering racial power in individual democracy. (Dec 2007)
  • More influenced by his race than public perceives. (Dec 2007)
  • In college, rejected multiracialism for black identity. (Dec 2007)
  • Whites sense that Barack grants them �benefit of the doubt�. (Dec 2007)
  • Fans see Obama as opportunity to vote for redemption. (Dec 2007)
  • Bradley effect: black candidates poll above actual votes. (Oct 2007)
  • Veiled racism in dismissing Obama as �unqualified�. (Oct 2007)
  • Catching a cab, no one questions he�s �authentically black�. (Jul 2007)
  • Issue of race has given Senate a black eye. (Mar 2007)
  • Convention keynote speech highlights party�s black targeting. (Jul 2004)
  • America�s race and class problems are intertwined. (Aug 1996)
  • There is some hope of eventual reconciliation between races. (Aug 1996)
  • Racism wasn�t merely the cruelty involved, but arrogance too. (Aug 1996)

    Religion

  • FactCheck: Did not say �I will stand with the Muslims�. (Aug 2008)
  • Obama's Trinity Church is based on black-liberation theology. (Aug 2008)
  • Moved to & attended church in neighborhood he was organizing. (Aug 2008)
  • GovWatch: never a Muslim, but school listed him as Muslim. (Jun 2008)
  • I joined church to commit to Christ, not to Rev. Wright. (May 2008)
  • In hard times, people take refuge in traditions, God & guns. (Apr 2008)
  • I am a person of faith; and I reach out to people of faith. (Apr 2008)
  • Blacks are angry; but I dissociate myself from Rev. Wright. (Apr 2008)
  • Religion is foundational; not clinging nor elitist. (Apr 2008)
  • Rev. Jeremiah Wright helped bring me to Christianity. (Apr 2008)
  • Exposure to Islam taught me that Muslims can partner with us. (Apr 2008)
  • Kenyan grandfather converted to Christianity & then to Islam. (Apr 2008)
  • Barack's UCC church motto: Unabashedly Black & Christian. (Apr 2008)
  • I am a proud Christian who believes deeply in Jesus Christ. (Jan 2008)
  • Despite attack email, pledges Allegiance & uses Bible. (Jan 2008)
  • Attends church with press, to dispel rumors that he�s Muslim. (Dec 2007)
  • Joined church that emphasized a �Black Value System�. (Dec 2007)
  • Madrassa myth perpetuated by false email & fabricated story. (Oct 2007)
  • Uses prayer to take stock of his moral compass. (Oct 2007)
  • Reach out to faith community;faith has role in public square. (Sep 2007)
  • Active in the Trinity faith community. (Aug 2007)
  • Carries Bible on campaign trail, & refers to it weekly. (Aug 2007)
  • Embrace Christ as an ally. (Mar 2007)
  • Source of his book title �Audacity of Hope� was a sermon. (Feb 2007)
  • Raised secular, but with working knowledge of world religion. (Oct 2006)
  • Baptized as an adult in the Trinity United Church of Christ. (Oct 2006)
  • Religious concerns ok, if translated into universal values. (Oct 2006)
  • There�s a call to evangelize in politics. (Apr 2004)
  • I�m a big believer in the separation of church and state. (Apr 2004)
  • Spent time in both Muslim and Catholic schools. (Aug 1996)

    Voting Record

  • Biggest mistake was intruding in Terri Schiavo case. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted NO on confirming Samuel Alito as Supreme Court Justice. (Jan 2006)
  • Voted NO on confirming John Roberts for Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. (Sep 2005)
  • Member of Congressional Black Caucus. (Jan 2001)
  • Reject Bush's Florida electors due to election fraud. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation. (Dec 2006)

Barack Obama on Social Security

  • Good health care and tax reform will save entitlements. (Oct 2008)
  • Raise cap on payroll tax for 3% of earners over $102,000. (Apr 2008)
  • Raise $97K cap on payroll tax exempting earnings under $250K. (Apr 2008)
  • Must capture new revenue; no new Social Security Comission. (Apr 2008)
  • Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Removing $97,500 cap would be $1.3T tax increase. (Nov 2007)
  • Cutting benefits & raising retirement age are wrong answers. (Nov 2007)
  • The wealthy should pay a bit more on the payroll tax. (Oct 2007)
  • Privatization puts retirement at whim of stock market. (Sep 2007)
  • Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security. (Aug 2007)
  • No privatization; but consider earning cap over $97,500. (Jul 2007)
  • Stock market risk is ok, but not for Social Security. (Oct 2006)
  • Raise the cap on the payroll tax on wealthy individuals. (Jan 2006)
  • $2000 tax credit for Working Families Savings Accounts. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security. (Mar 2007)

Barack Obama on Tax Reform

  • FactCheck: Yes, McCain wants Bush cuts in place after 2011. (Oct 2008)
  • My plan cuts taxes for most small businesses & 95% of people. (Oct 2008)
  • Yes, earmarks are abused, but small compared to tax cuts. (Sep 2008)
  • No $300 billion on tax cuts for those who don�t need them. (Sep 2008)
  • Tax cut for 95% of all working families, not corporations. (Aug 2008)
  • Tax cut for middle class and relief to struggling homeowners. (Jul 2008)
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. (Jul 2008)
  • Middle class tax cut helps offset rising cost of gas & food. (Jun 2008)
  • I�m running against failed policy of profligate GOP spending. (May 2008)
  • I will raise CEO taxes, no doubt about it. (May 2008)
  • Under Bill Clinton, rich people didn�t feel oppressed. (Apr 2008)
  • No tax increase if earning under $250K; tax cuts under $75K. (Apr 2008)
  • Raise capital gains tax for fairness, not for revenue. (Apr 2008)
  • Tax cut for seniors and those making $75,000 a year or less. (Feb 2008)
  • I�m not bashful about it: wealthy will pay more taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • Stimulus package: $500 tax cut, & Social Security supplement. (Jan 2008)
  • Restore progressive tax; close loopholes; relief to seniors. (Oct 2007)
  • Trillion dollar giveaway: the Paris Hilton Tax Break. (Oct 2007)
  • Reduce Bush tax cuts to pay for health care & other programs. (Jun 2007)
  • Estate tax only affects the wealthiest 1/2 of 1%. (Oct 2006)
  • Specific tax relief for families making $75,000 or less now. (Jan 2006)
  • Bush tax cuts help corporations but not middle class. (Jun 2004)
  • Tax incentives to create jobs at home instead of offshore. (Jun 2004)
  • Last thing we need now is a permanent tax cut. (Jan 2008)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Voted for non-binding tax increase on $42K income. (Sep 2008)
  • GovWatch: didn�t vote to raise taxes 94 times; at most 54. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)

Barack Obama on War & Peace

  • FactCheck: Iraqis have $29B surplus, not $79B. (Oct 2008)

    Iraq War

  • FactCheck: Opposes surge--hasn�t produced political solution. (Sep 2008)
  • Unwise war in Iraq distracted us from catching Bin Laden. (Sep 2008)
  • The surge is a tactic to contain 4 years of mismanaged war. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Iraq has at most $59B surplus, not $79B surplus. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Promised 16-month exit; now 16-month reduction. (Sep 2008)
  • You don�t defeat a terrorist network by occupying Iraq. (Aug 2008)
  • I will only send our troops into harm�s way when necessary. (Aug 2008)
  • Situation has improved in Iraq; but it�s still fragile. (Jul 2008)
  • Surge reduced violence; but distracts us from long-term goal. (Jul 2008)
  • $10 billion a month spent in Iraq should be spent in the US. (Jul 2008)
  • President sets Iraq mission; Generals then implement tactics. (Apr 2008)
  • President sets Iraq mission; give generals a new mission. (Apr 2008)
  • $2.7 billion each week of Iraq spending is unsustainable. (Feb 2008)
  • Humanitarian aid now for displaced Iraqis. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Overstated displaced Iraqis; actually 4.2 million. (Feb 2008)
  • The Iraq war has undermined our security. (Jan 2008)
  • Iraq is distracting us from a host of global threats. (Jan 2008)
  • End the war, and end the mindset that got us into war. (Jan 2008)
  • The Iraq war was conceptually flawed from the start. (Jan 2008)
  • Title of Iraq war authorization bill stated its intent. (Jan 2008)
  • Get our troops out by the end of 2009. (Jan 2008)
  • No permanent bases in Iraq. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: No, violence in Iraq is LOWER than 2 years ago. (Jan 2008)
  • Congress decides deployment level & duration, not president. (Dec 2007)
  • Surge strategy has made a difference in Iraq but failed. (Nov 2007)
  • Leave troops for protection of Americans & counterterrorism. (Sep 2007)
  • Hopes to remove all troops from Iraq by 2013, but no pledge. (Sep 2007)
  • Tell people the truth: quickest is 1-2 brigades per month. (Sep 2007)
  • No good options in Iraq--just bad options & worse options. (Aug 2007)
  • Be as careful getting out as we were careless getting in. (Jul 2007)
  • We live in a more dangerous world because of Bush�s actions. (Jun 2007)
  • Case for war was weak, but people voted their best judgment. (Jun 2007)
  • War in Iraq is �dumb� but troops still need equipment. (Apr 2007)
  • Open-ended Iraq occupation must end: no military solution. (Apr 2007)
  • Saddam is a tyrant but not a national security threat. (Mar 2007)
  • Iraq 2002: ill-conceived venture; 2007: waste of resources. (Feb 2007)
  • Saddam did not own and was not providing WMD to terrorists. (Oct 2004)
  • Iraq War has made US less safe from terrorism. (Oct 2004)
  • Invading Iraq was a bad strategic blunder. (Oct 2004)
  • Democratizing Iraq will be more difficult than Afghanistan. (Oct 2004)
  • Never fudge numbers or shade the truth about war. (Jul 2004)
  • Set a new tone to internationalize the Iraqi reconstruction. (Jul 2004)
  • Iraq war was sincere but misguided, ideologically driven. (Jul 2004)
  • Not opposed to all wars, but opposed to the war in Iraq. (Jul 2004)
  • International voice in Iraq in exchange for debt forgiveness. (Jul 2004)

    Trouble Spots

  • More aid to Pakistan; but pursue bin Laden over their border. (Oct 2008)
  • Prevent Iran from attacking Israel, but keep military option. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Pakistan has lost 1,200 troops fighting Al Qaeda. (Sep 2008)
  • FactCheck: Kissinger says Iran meet ok; but only lower level. (Sep 2008)
  • Afghanistan needs more troops and resources. (Sep 2008)
  • McCain says he�d follow Laden to hell; but not to his cave? (Aug 2008)
  • Engaging in tough diplomacy with Iran is a sign of strength. (Jul 2008)
  • Iran is biggest strategic beneficiary of invasion of Iraq. (May 2008)
  • Military surge in Afghanistan to eliminate the Taliban. (May 2008)
  • Take no options off the table if Iran attacks Israel. (Apr 2008)
  • Two-state solution: Israel & Palestine side-by-side in peace. (Feb 2008)
  • Al Qaida is based in northwest Pakistan; strike if needed. (Jan 2008)
  • No action against Iran without Congressional authorization. (Dec 2007)
  • Iran: Bush does not let facts get in the way of ideology. (Dec 2007)
  • Meet directly for diplomacy with the leadership in Iran. (Nov 2007)
  • Committed to Iran not having nuclear weapons. (Oct 2007)
  • Iran military resolution sends the region a wrong signal. (Oct 2007)
  • Deal with al Qaeda on Pakistan border, but not with nukes. (Aug 2007)
  • Military action in Pakistan if we have actionable intel. (Aug 2007)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama said invade Pakistan to get al Qaeda. (Aug 2007)
  • Focus on battle in Afghanistan and root out al Qaeda. (Jun 2007)
  • Bush cracked down on some terrorists� financial networks. (Jun 2007)
  • Iraq has distracted us from Taliban in Afghanistan. (Apr 2007)
  • Iran with nuclear weapons is a profound security threat. (Apr 2007)
  • We did the right thing in Afghanistan. (Mar 2007)
  • We are playing to Osama�s plan for winning a war from a cave. (Oct 2006)
  • Al Qaida is stronger than before thanks to the Bush doctrine. (Jan 2006)
  • Terrorists are in Saudi Arabia, Syria, and Iran. (Oct 2004)
  • Problems with current Israeli policy. (Jul 2004)
  • Engage North Korea in 6-party talks. (Jul 2004)
  • Use moral authority to work towards Middle East peace. (Jul 2004)

    Voting Record

  • Voted to fund war until 2006; now wants no blank check. (Nov 2007)
  • Late to vote against war is not late to oppose war. (Jun 2007)
  • Spending on the Cold War relics should be for the veterans. (Jun 2007)
  • Would have voted no to authorize the President to go to war. (Jul 2004)
  • Voted YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on investigating contract awards in Iraq & Afghanistan. (Nov 2005)

Barack Obama on Welfare & Poverty

  • Still denying decent wages, good benefits, & fair treatment. (Jul 2008)
  • AdWatch: Fought for workers from college thru Senate. (Jul 2008)
  • GovWatch: Welfare laws he �passed� were federally mandated. (Jul 2008)
  • Cut poverty in half in 10 years, with faith-based help. (Apr 2008)
  • Welfare policies contributed to erosion of black families. (Mar 2008)
  • Create 20 Promise Neighborhoods in high-poverty cities. (Feb 2008)
  • 1980s: Director of the Developing Communities Project. (Oct 2007)
  • Stop Fraud Act: full disclosure in subprime lending. (Sep 2007)
  • Engages people of faith on all aspects of his public service. (Aug 2007)
  • Saw dire poverty as a child in Indonesia. (Aug 2007)
  • 1985: Launched project to give voice to disempowered. (Aug 2007)
  • Ownership Society is another term for �Social Darwinism�. (Aug 2007)
  • Community organizer on Chicago�s South Side. (Feb 2007)
  • Black churches minister to social needs out of necessity. (Oct 2006)
  • Welfare receipts know how to become successful but need help. (Jul 2004)
  • $100M increase in IL Earned Income Tax Credit. (Jun 2004)
  • Inner city problems are the painful truths. (Aug 1996)
  • Exorcise the ghostly figure that haunts black dreams. (Aug 1996)
  • Develop a strategy to eliminate extreme global poverty. (Dec 2007)
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