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The Obama Nation, by Jerome Corsi

The FAITH of Barack Obama, by Stephen Mansfield

Change We Can Believe In

Obamanomics, by John R. Talbott, published July 1, 2008

Barack Obama For Beginners, by Bob Neer

America: Our Next Chapter, by Sen. Chuck Hagel

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Barack Obama: This Improbable Quest, by John K. Wilson

Obama: From Promise to Power, by David Mendell

Hopes and Dreams: The Story of Barack Obama, by Steve Dougherty

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Should Barack Obama Be President? by Fred Zimmerman, published Oct. 2006

The Audacity of Hope, by Barack Obama

Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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Barack Obama on Abortion
Click here for 30 full quotes on Abortion OR background 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)
  • 1997: opposed bill preventing partial-birth abortion. (Aug 2008)
  • Opposed legislation protecting born-alive failed abortions. (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
Click here for 52 full quotes on Budget & Economy OR background 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)
  • Bottom-up economics instead of trickle-down economics. (Jul 2008)
  • Focus on economic justice instead of macroeconomic policy. (Jul 2008)
  • We need both bottom-up politics and bottom-up economics. (Jul 2008)
  • OpEd: "Hope" translates into economic opportunity. (Jul 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

  • US will emerge from this recession, stronger than before. (Feb 2009)
  • 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)
  • Free market needs proper government oversight. (Jul 2008)
  • Prosecute mortgager fraud; require full mortgage disclosure. (Jul 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
Click here for 61 full quotes on Civil Rights OR background on Civil Rights.
  • Admired repeated acts of "self-creation" by Malcolm X. (Aug 2008)
  • 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)
  • Past discrimination affects future generations. (Jul 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
Click here for 16 full quotes on Corporations OR background 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)
  • Enforce against insider trading & market manipulation. (Jul 2008)
  • Regulate institutions for what they do, not what they are. (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
Click here for 24 full quotes on Crime OR background 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
Click here for 14 full quotes on Drugs OR background 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
Click here for 46 full quotes on Education OR background on Education.
  • Volunteer in your neighborhood & we help pay for college. (Feb 2009)
  • $2,500 tax credit for all four years of college. (Feb 2009)
  • Quitting high school is quitting on your country. (Feb 2009)
  • Invest in early childhood education and higher education. (Aug 2008)
  • Fight for social & economic justice begins in the classroom. (Jul 2008)
  • Make math & science policy a national priority. (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)
  • Mother home-schooled Obama in English while in Indonesia. (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
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  • FactCheck: Chevy Volt uses Korean battery, but Ford's don't. (Feb 2009)
  • 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)
  • Political climate at fault for failing energy independence. (Jul 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

  • $15B in clean energy; plus market-based cap on carbon. (Feb 2009)
  • FactCheck: US imports less oil today than in 2005. (Feb 2009)
  • All nations must act to reduce carbon emissions. (Jul 2008)
  • Include clean coal in clean energy future. (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
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  • Government should invest in clean energy & green jobs. (Oct 2008)
  • Support reforestation as carbon sequestration issue. (Jul 2008)
  • Willing to suspend ethanol subsidy to keep food prices down. (May 2008)
  • Genesis teaches stewardship of earth: sacrifice for future. (Apr 2008)
  • 1980s: Tested for asbestos at Chicago housing project. (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
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  • Help families with paid sick days and better family leave. (Aug 2008)
  • Parents provide guidance by turning off TV & video games. (Jul 2008)
  • Zero-to-Five plan: childcare for working parents. (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
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  • FactCheck: Campaign prevented committee meetings, not rules. (Sep 2008)
  • Global Poverty Act: spend 0.7% of GDP on foreign aid. (Aug 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)
  • OpEd: Policy views based on experience in Kenya & Indonesia. (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

  • Dressed in Africa in traditional garb, not "Muslim attire". (Aug 2008)
  • 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)
  • Voted YES on cooperating with India as a nuclear power. (Oct 2008)
  • 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)
  • Afghan law tolerating marital rape is abhorrent. (Apr 2009)
Barack Obama on Free Trade
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  • 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)
  • NAFTA protects corporate profits; should protect labor. (Jul 2008)
  • Supports trade & globalization but opposes CAFTA job loss. (Jul 2008)
  • Assist workers who lose globalization's race to the bottom. (Jul 2008)
  • Peru trade OK because it includes labor & enviro protections. (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
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  • Economic agenda builds new foundation for lasting prosperity. (Feb 2009)
  • 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)
  • Cabinet members should hold national town hall meetings. (Jul 2008)
  • Google for Government: let public track federal grants. (Jul 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
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  • Opposed bill okaying illegal gun use in home invasions. (Aug 2008)
  • 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
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  • FactCheck: Healthcare costs cause one bankruptcy per minute. (Feb 2009)
  • 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)
  • 1998: Passed 11 bills on healthcare and child welfare issues. (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

  • CDC estimate: a half million would follow Obama's AIDS test. (Aug 2008)
  • 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)
  • Include everyone who wants insurance in national pool. (Aug 2008)
  • When your child gets sick, you don't shop for best bargain. (Jul 2008)
  • If we started from scratch, one-payer system would be best. (Jul 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
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  • FactCheck: F-22 Raptor costs $140M and has never been used. (Feb 2009)
  • 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)
  • Grandfather served in Patton's tank corps in WWII. (Aug 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

  • Goal is a world without nuclear weapons. (Aug 2008)
  • A New Beginning: seek world with no nuclear weapons. (Aug 2008)
  • 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
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  • Crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants. (Jul 2008)
  • 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)

    Voting Record

  • 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
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  • FactCheck: Economic plan may create only 2.2M jobs, not 3.5M. (Feb 2009)
  • 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)
  • Small towns get bitter over long-term joblessness. (Aug 2008)
  • Supports Fair Pay Act: equal pay for equal work. (Jul 2008)
  • Expand paid sick days to seven per year. (Jul 2008)
  • Employee Free Choice Act: right to organize harassment-free. (Jul 2008)
  • 1980s: Opened first city job center in South Chicago. (Apr 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
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  • 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)
  • Just words? "I have a dream," Just words? (Aug 2008)
  • Don't take a chance on me; take a chance on your aspirations. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Themes of "hope" and "change" has numerous antecedents. (Aug 2008)
  • We have to demand more from ourselves. (Jul 2008)
  • Michelle: My husband demands you move out of comfort zone. (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)
  • Emphasis on cooperation and listening to both sides. (Jul 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)

    Community Organing

  • Headed "Project Vote!" in Chicago in 1990s. (Aug 2008)
  • Obama worked in same community as Saul Alinsky. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Obama implements Alinsky's ideas of radical change. (Aug 2008)
  • Used community organizer skills as State Senator. (Aug 2008)

    Community Organizing

  • Organizer's method: from issue to action to power. (Apr 2008)
  • 1980s: Registered 150,000 voters in Chicago "Project Vote". (Apr 2008)

    Family of Origin

  • Mother named "Stanley Ann" because grandfather wanted a son. (Aug 2008)
  • Many attribute mother's marriages to being anthropologist. (Aug 2008)
  • Lived with grandparents in Hawaii over mother in Indonesia. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Racial angst from paternal abandonment, not injustice. (Aug 2008)
  • Nicknamed "Barry the O'Bomber" in prep school basketball. (Aug 2008)
  • Would be first president to have extended family abroad. (Aug 2008)
  • Father's family from the Luo tribe of Kenya. (Apr 2008)
  • Related to both Vice Pres. Cheney and Pres. Truman. (Apr 2008)
  • Mother described as "the original feminist" at 1960 college. (Apr 2008)

    Past Campaigns

  • 1999 Congressional loss: "I got my rear end handed to me". (Aug 2008)
  • Borrowed "Just Words" speech from Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick. (Aug 2008)
  • Borrowed "Yes, we can" slogan from Cesar Chavez 1960s UFW. (Aug 2008)
  • Handpicked as successor by retiring State Senator. (Aug 2008)
  • 1996: job of state senator is organizer, teacher, & advocate. (Apr 2008)
  • 5th African-American ever elected to US Senate. (Apr 2008)
  • 1996: Campaigned on unity, but got opponents disqualified. (Apr 2008)
  • After challenging Rep. Rush, got redistricted out. (Apr 2008)
  • June 2008: YouTube hit, "I Got a Crush on Obama". (Apr 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)
  • Greatest mistake: absence from mother when she died. (Apr 2008)
  • In his 20s, searched for his identity, absent both parents. (Apr 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

  • 1995: Participated in Million Man March. (Aug 2008)
  • Apocryphal story: race awareness began with skin-bleach ad. (Aug 2008)
  • 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)
  • First American president not raised in a Christian home. (Aug 2008)
  • Religious Left calls Obama "called" and "anointed". (Aug 2008)
  • Grandmother raised as strict Methodist, but saw hypocrisy. (Aug 2008)
  • Mother raised in Unitarian Church with secular values. (Aug 2008)
  • Mother declared herself an atheist during high school. (Aug 2008)
  • Father rejected Muslim faith and witch doctors of his youth. (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)
  • No madrassa, but was introduced to Islam as a child. (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)
  • Father was raised Muslm but became an atheist. (Apr 2008)
  • We should be guided by what works. (Apr 2008)
  • Registered as Muslim at Catholic & secular Indonesian school. (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)

    Scandals

  • Neighbor Bill Ayres admits 1970s violent radicalism. (Aug 2008)
  • OpEd: Distances himself from 1970s radical Bill Ayres. (Aug 2008)
  • Tony Rezko: large contributor & active member of campaigns. (Aug 2008)
  • Tony Rezko helped Obama buy home in prestigious neighborhood. (Aug 2008)
  • Segments of Wright sermons were "caricatures of the church". (Aug 2008)
  • Photographed without hand over heart during national anthem. (Aug 2008)
  • Mar. 2008: Campaign uproar over Rev. Wright's anti-US sermon. (Apr 2008)

    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
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  • Good health care and tax reform will save entitlements. (Oct 2008)
  • What do we do with the losers of privatizing? (Jul 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
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  • FactCheck: Tax cut only helps 75% or workers, not 95%. (Feb 2009)
  • 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)
  • Adjust capital gains tax up to where Reagan set it. (Aug 2008)
  • Tax cut for middle class and relief to struggling homeowners. (Jul 2008)
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. (Jul 2008)
  • Maintain the inheritance tax on wealthy. (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 Technology
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  • Google for Government was a bipartisan initiative. (Sep 2008)
  • Invest in a digital smart grid for electricity utilities. (Jul 2008)
  • Double basic research funding; make the R&D tax permanent. (Jun 2008)
  • National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank: $60B in 10 years. (Jun 2008)
  • Feb. 2008: Had 250,000 members on Facebook to Clinton's 3250. (Apr 2008)
  • Incentives for next-generation broadband in every community. (Feb 2008)
  • Increase funding for math and science research & education. (Oct 2007)
  • Airlines got into trouble after deregulation. (Oct 2007)
  • Organizes campaign events via MySpace.com and FaceBook.com. (Oct 2007)
  • JFK inspired with space program; now same with energy R&D. (Sep 2007)
  • Increase funding for basic research; expand broadband access. (Aug 2007)
  • As Senate freshman spoke out on Katrina ramifications. (Aug 2007)
  • Broadband in heart of inner cities and rural towns. (Feb 2007)
  • $42B more in university-based R&D. (Oct 2006)
  • Invest on transportation and clean coal technology projects. (Oct 2004)
  • Voted NO on restoring $550M in funding for Amtrak for 2007. (Mar 2006)
  • Close digital divide with high-tech training. (Jan 2001)
  • Ensure net neutrality: no corporate-tiered Internet. (Jan 2007)
  • Create online database of science & math scholarships. (Dec 2007)
  • Website for competitive federal awards. (Jun 2008)
  • Overturn FCC approval of media consolidation. (Mar 2008)
Barack Obama on War & Peace
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  • 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)
  • 2002 anti-war speech was not popular opinion at that time. (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
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  • Help refinancing for homeowners facing foreclosure. (Feb 2009)
  • FactCheck: Cannot limit refinancing to responsible borrowers. (Feb 2009)
  • 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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Strongly Favors topic 1:
Abortion is a woman's right
(+5 points on Social scale)
Expand access to contraception; reduce unintended pregnancy: Favors topic 1
Rated 100% by NARAL on pro-choice votes in 2005, 2006 & 2007: Strongly Favors topic 1
Voted against banning partial birth abortion: Favors topic 1
Stem cells hold promise to cure 70 major diseases: Favors topic 1
Trust women to make own decisions on partial-birth abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
Extend presumption of good faith to abortion protesters: Favors topic 1
Pass the Stem Cell Research Bill: Favors topic 1
Protect a woman’s right to choose: Strongly Favors topic 1
Supports Roe v. Wade: Strongly Favors topic 1
Sponsored bill providing contraceptives for low-income women: Favors topic 1
Rated 0% by the NRLC, indicating a pro-choice stance: Strongly Favors topic 1
Ensure access to and funding for contraception: Favors topic 1
NO on prohibiting minors crossing state lines for abortion: Strongly Favors topic 1
NO on defining unborn child as eligible for SCHIP: Favors topic 1
YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives: Favors topic 1
NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions: Favors topic 1
YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines: Favors topic 1
Strongly Favors topic 2:
Require hiring more women & minorities
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Supports Fair Pay Act: equal pay for equal work: Strongly Favors topic 2
Racial equality good for America as a whole: Favors topic 2
Keep the promise of equal pay for an equal day’s work: Strongly Favors topic 2
Past discrimination affects future generations: Strongly Favors topic 2
Fight job discrimination to give women equal footing at jobs: Strongly Favors topic 2
Include class-based affirmative action with race-based: Favors topic 2
Better enforce women’s pay equity via Equal Pay Act: Strongly Favors topic 2
Supports affirmative action in colleges and government: Strongly Favors topic 2
Opposes CA Prop. 8, one-man-one-woman marriage: Strongly Favors topic 2
America’s race and class problems are intertwined: Favors topic 2
Get minorities into home ownership & global marketplace: Favors topic 2
Ending racial profiling is part of fight for justice: Favors topic 2
Sponsored bill for a Rosa Parks commemorative postage stamp: Favors topic 2
Rated 100% by the NAACP, indicating a pro-affirmative-action stance: Strongly Favors topic 2
Recognize Juneteenth as historical end of slavery: Strongly Favors topic 2
Re-introduce the Equal Rights Amendment: Strongly Favors topic 2
Reinforce anti-discrimination and equal-pay requirements: Favors topic 2
Afghan law tolerating marital rape is abhorrent: Strongly Favors topic 2
Favors topic 3:
Same-sex domestic partnership benefits
(+2 points on Social scale)
Gays should not face discrimination but should not marry: Opposes topic 3
Decisions about marriage should be left to the states: Opposes topic 3
Homosexuality no more immoral than heterosexuality: Favors topic 3
We need strong civil unions, not just weak civil unions: Favors topic 3
Opposes gay marriage; supports civil union & gay equality: Favors topic 3
Marriage not a human right; non-discrimination is: Favors topic 3
Include sexual orientation in anti-discrimination laws: Favors topic 3
Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention: Favors topic 3
Rated 89% by the HRC, indicating a pro-gay-rights stance: Strongly Favors topic 3
Provide benefits to domestic partners of Federal employees: Strongly Favors topic 3
NO on constitutional ban of same-sex marriage: Strongly Favors topic 3
Opposes topic 4:
Teacher-led prayer in public schools
(+2 points on Social scale)
Listening to evangelicals bridges major political fault line: Favors topic 4
Religious concerns ok, if translated into universal values: Opposes topic 4
Rated 100% by the AU, indicating support of church-state separation: Strongly Opposes topic 4
NO on recommending Constitutional ban on flag desecration: Opposes topic 4
Opposes topic 8:
Death Penalty
(+2 points on Social scale)
Pushed Illinois bill to videotape all capital interrogations: Opposes topic 8
Some heinous crimes justify the ultimate punishment: Favors topic 8
Videotape all capital punishment interrogations: Opposes topic 8
Death penalty should be enforced fairly and with caution: Favors topic 8
Death penalty should not discriminate by gang membership: Opposes topic 8
Battles legislatively against the death penalty: Strongly Opposes topic 8
Opposes topic 9:
Mandatory Three Strikes sentencing laws
(+2 points on Social scale)
Reduce recidivism by providing ex-offender supports: Opposes topic 9
No extra penalty for gang association: Opposes topic 9
Passed 150 laws to toughen penalties for violent crime: Favors topic 9
Supports alternative sentencing and rehabilitation: Strongly Opposes topic 9
Increase funding for "COPS ON THE BEAT" program: Opposes topic 9
Reduce recidivism by giving offenders a Second Chance: Strongly Opposes topic 9
YES on reinstating $1.15 billion funding for the COPS Program: Opposes topic 9
Opposes topic 10:
Absolute right to gun ownership
(-3 points on Economic scale)
Respect 2nd Amendment, but local gun bans ok: Opposes topic 10
Provide some common-sense enforcement on gun licensing: Opposes topic 10
2000: cosponsored bill to limit purchases to 1 gun per month: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Concealed carry OK for retired police officers: Favors topic 10
Keep guns out of inner cities--but also problem of morality: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Bush erred in failing to renew assault weapons ban: Strongly Favors topic 10
Ban semi-automatics, and more possession restrictions: Strongly Opposes topic 10
NO on prohibiting lawsuits against gun manufacturers: Strongly Opposes topic 10
Strongly Favors topic 5:
More federal funding for health coverage
(-5 points on Economic scale)
If we started from scratch, one-payer system would be best: Strongly Favors topic 5
Added 20,000 children to Illinois healthcare: Strongly Favors topic 5
Increase competition in the insurance and drug markets: Opposes topic 5
National Health Insurance Exchange for private coverage: Opposes topic 5
National insurance pool & catastrophic insurance: Strongly Favors topic 5
The market alone can’t solve our health-care woes: Favors topic 5
Crises happen in our lives and healthcare is necessary: Strongly Favors topic 5
Believes health care is a right, not a privilege for the few: Favors topic 5
Will expand health coverage & allow meds to be re-imported: Favors topic 5
Ensure access to basic care: Favors topic 5
More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs: Favors topic 5
Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn: Strongly Favors topic 5
NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium: Favors topic 5
YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics: Favors topic 5
YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug: Strongly Favors topic 5
YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D: Favors topic 5
YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D: Favors topic 5
Strongly Opposes topic 6:
Privatize Social Security
(-5 points on Economic scale)
What do we do with the losers of privatizing?: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Privatization puts retirement at whim of stock market: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Stop any efforts to privatize Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
No privatization; but consider earning cap over $97,500: Strongly Opposes topic 6
Stock market risk is ok, but not for Social Security: Strongly Opposes topic 6
$2000 tax credit for Working Families Savings Accounts: Opposes topic 6
NO on establishing reserve funds & pre-funding for Social Security: Opposes topic 6
No opinion on topic 7:
Parents choose schools via vouchers
(0 points on Economic scale)
Guarantee affordable life-long, top-notch education: Opposes topic 7
I doubled charter schools in Illinois; but no vouchers: Favors topic 7
Vouchers don’t solve the problems of our schools: Opposes topic 7
Supports charter schools; it’s important to experiment: Favors topic 7
Supports charter schools and private investment in schools: Favors topic 7
YES on $5B for grants to local educational agencies: Opposes topic 7
Strongly Favors topic 18:
Replace coal & oil with alternatives
(-5 points on Economic scale)
More Alaska oil & gas leases, plus new gas pipeline: Strongly Opposes topic 18
GovWatch: $150B for electric car batteries & new technology: Strongly Favors topic 18
GovWatch: Supports nuclear power if it’s clean & safe: Opposes topic 18
3-way win: economy, environment, & stop funding terror: Strongly Favors topic 18
Invest in alternative energy sources: Favors topic 18
Increase CAFE to 40 mpg: Strongly Favors topic 18
Renewable Fuels Standard: require ethanol in fuel supply: Strongly Favors topic 18
Free America from its dependence on foreign oil: Strongly Favors topic 18
Include clean coal in clean energy future: Opposes topic 18
Reduce carbon emissions by 80% by 2050: Strongly Favors topic 18
Aggressively address accelerating climate change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Cap-and-trade is more specific on reducing greenhouse gases: Strongly Favors topic 18
Sponsored legislations that improve energy efficiency: Favors topic 18
Sponsored bill for tax credit for providing 85% ethanol gas: Favors topic 18
Sponsored bill raising CAFE by a 4% per year until 2018: Strongly Favors topic 18
Rated 100% by the CAF, indicating support for energy independence: Favors topic 18
Sign on to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: Strongly Favors topic 18
Designate sensitive ANWR area as protected wilderness: Favors topic 18
Set goal of 25% renewable energy by 2025: Strongly Favors topic 18
Let states define stricter-than-federal emission standards: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on reducing oil usage by 40% by 2025 (instead of 5%): Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on disallowing an oil leasing program in Alaska's ANWR: Strongly Favors topic 18
YES on banning drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge: Favors topic 18
YES on factoring global warming into federal project planning: Favors topic 18
YES on removing oil & gas exploration subsidies: Strongly Favors topic 18
Opposes topic 19:
Drug use is immoral: enforce laws against it
(+2 points on Social scale)
Look at needle exchange; and expand treatment: Strongly Opposes topic 19
Fight to rid our communities of meth: Favors topic 19
Expand drug courts; help prisoners with substance abuse: Strongly Opposes topic 19
2001: questions harsh penalties for drug dealing: Opposes topic 19
Not first candidate to use drugs, but first honest about it: Opposes topic 19
Smokes cigarettes now; smoked some pot in high school: Favors topic 19
Admitted marijuana use in high school & college: Favors topic 19
Deal with street-level drug dealing as minimum-wage affair: Opposes topic 19
End harsher sentencing for crack vs. powder cocaine: Opposes topic 19
Require chemical resellers to certify against meth use: Favors topic 19
Favors topic 20:
Allow churches to provide welfare services
(+2 points on Economic scale)
We can find common ground between pro-choice and pro-life: No opin. on topic 20
Cut poverty in half in 10 years, with faith-based help: Strongly Favors topic 20
Engages people of faith on all aspects of his public service: Favors topic 20
Black churches minister to social needs out of necessity: Favors topic 20
Reach out to faith community;faith has role in public square: Favors topic 20
Strongly Favors topic 11:
Make taxes more progressive
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Tax cut for 95% of all working families, not corporations: Strongly Favors topic 11
Maintain the inheritance tax on wealthy: Strongly Favors topic 11
I will raise CEO taxes, no doubt about it: Strongly Favors topic 11
Trillion dollar giveaway: the Paris Hilton Tax Break: Strongly Favors topic 11
Bush tax cuts help corporations but not middle class: Strongly Favors topic 11
Tax cuts for the rich do not create jobs: Favors topic 11
Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset: Favors topic 11
NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut: Favors topic 11
NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million: Strongly Favors topic 11
NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax: Strongly Favors topic 11
Strongly Favors topic 12:
Illegal immigrants earn citizenship
(+5 points on Social scale)
Crack down on employers who hire illegal immigrants: Opposes topic 12
Immigrants are scapegoats for high unemployment rates: Strongly Favors topic 12
Support granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants: Favors topic 12
Reform must include more border security, and border wall: Opposes topic 12
Pathway to citizenship, but people have to earn it: Favors topic 12
Give immigrants who are here a rigorous path to citizenship: Favors topic 12
Extend welfare and Medicaid to immigrants: Favors topic 12
Comprehensive immigration reform without amnesty: Strongly Favors topic 12
Provide funding for social services for noncitizens: Favors topic 12
Rated 8% by USBC, indicating an open-border stance: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on continuing federal funds for declared "sanctuary cities": Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on allowing illegal aliens to participate in Social Security: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on giving Guest Workers a path to citizenship: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on establishing a Guest Worker program: Favors topic 12
YES on building a fence along the Mexican border: Strongly Opposes topic 12
NO on declaring English as the official language of the US government: Strongly Favors topic 12
YES on comprehensive immigration reform: Strongly Favors topic 12
Opposes topic 13:
Support & expand free trade
(-3 points on Economic scale)
NAFTA protects corporate profits; should protect labor: Opposes topic 13
Stand firm against CAFTA for labor & environmental standards: Strongly Opposes topic 13
People don’t want cheaper T-shirts if it costs their job: Opposes topic 13
Amend NAFTA to add labor agreements: Opposes topic 13
Fair trade should have tangible benefits for US: Strongly Opposes topic 13
Tax incentives to create jobs at home instead of offshore: Opposes topic 13
NO on implementing CAFTA for Central America free-trade: Strongly Opposes topic 13
YES on free trade agreement with Oman: Strongly Favors topic 13
Favors topic 15:
Expand the armed forces
(-3 points on Social scale)
Grow size of military to maintain rotation schedules: Favors topic 15
Give our soldiers the best equipment and training available: Favors topic 15
Sponsored bill for Iraq budget to be part of defense budget: Opposes topic 15
Improve mental health care benefits for returning veterans: Favors topic 15
YES on limiting soldiers' deployment to 12 months: Opposes topic 15
Strongly Favors topic 16:
Stricter limits on political campaign funds
(-5 points on Economic scale)
Ended corporate jet travel subsidized by lobbyists: Favors topic 16
No lobbyist money; no PAC money; fund campaigns instead: Strongly Favors topic 16
Reduced cost TV ads for candidates; $85M presidential limit: Strongly Favors topic 16
Public campaign financing with free television & radio time: Strongly Favors topic 16
No “bundled” money from federal-registered lobbyists: Favors topic 16
People know his “bundlers” because he pushed disclosure law: Favors topic 16
First bill ever passed was campaign finance reform: Strongly Favors topic 16
Lobbyist influence comes from access, not money: Favors topic 16
Prohibit 'voter caging' which intimidates minority voting: Favors topic 16
YES on establishing the Senate Office of Public Integrity: Favors topic 16
NO on allowing some lobbyist gifts to Congress: Strongly Favors topic 16
Strongly Favors topic 14:
The Patriot Act harms civil liberties
(+5 points on Social scale)
No torture; no renditions; no operating out of fear: Strongly Favors topic 14
No torture; defiance of FISA; no military commissions: Strongly Favors topic 14
The politics of fear undermines basic civil liberties: Strongly Favors topic 14
America cannot sanction torture; no loopholes or exceptions: Strongly Favors topic 14
Close Guantanamo and restore the right of habeas corpus: Strongly Favors topic 14
Restore habeas corpus for detainees in the War on Terror: Favors topic 14
NO on extending the PATRIOT Act's wiretap provision: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on reauthorizing the PATRIOT Act: Opposes topic 14
YES on preserving habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainees: Strongly Favors topic 14
YES on requiring CIA reports on detainees & interrogation methods: Strongly Favors topic 14
NO on removing need for FISA warrant for wiretapping abroad: Strongly Favors topic 14
Favors topic 17:
US out of Iraq
(+2 points on Social scale)
Can’t do anything at home with $12 billion a month on Iraq: Favors topic 17
US policy should promote democracy and human rights: Favors topic 17
$2.7 billion each week of Iraq spending is unsustainable: Favors topic 17
War in Iraq is “dumb” but troops still need equipment: Strongly Favors topic 17
We are playing to Osama’s plan for winning a war from a cave: Strongly Favors topic 17
NO on redeploying troops out of Iraq by July 2007: Strongly Opposes topic 17
YES on redeploying US troops out of Iraq by March 2008: Strongly Favors topic 17

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