2008/06/06 - 17:45
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US Elections 2008 - programs
Pro-Choice Obama strongly supports a woman's right to have an abortion as protected by the Constitution and stated in May 2007, "A woman's ability to decide how many children to have and when, without interference from the government, is one of the most fundamental rights we possess. It is not just an issue of choice, but equality and opportunity for all women." civil liberties Obama voted NO on extending the Patriot Act's wiretap provision extending the authority of the FBI to conduct "roving wiretaps" and access business records.
renewable energies Obama supports more using more renewable energies, phasing out incandescent light bulbs by 2014 and requiring new vehicles to be able to run on biofuel. Obama proposed giving US automakers help with health coverage in exchange for more hybrid production Environment Obama believes global warming will bring devastating consequences if not recognized and stopped. He supports capping emissions and giving incentives to corporations that cut greenhouse gases.
A priority for Obama would be to promote affordable, accessible, and high-quality health care.
Obama was an stark opponent of the war as an Illinois state senator and campaigned against the war in his 2004 Senate bid. He had said, I am not opposed to all wars, I am opposed to dumb wars. Obama is opposed to the present troop increase, supports a phased redeployment. In January 2007, he introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act with a goal of removing all combat troops from Iraq by March 31, 2008. He has said in the April, 2007 debate, "there's no military solution to this. We've got to have a political solution, begin a phased withdrawal, and make certain that we've got benchmarks in place so that the Iraqi people can make a determination about how they want to move forward."
Barack Obama believes that if the best way to relieve pain and suffering is through use of medicinal marijuana then it's something 'he's open to'. National security Barack Obama voted against the original Patriot Act and later for bills reauthorizing the act as a compromise, believing the new version is still better than what the White House originally proposed and does modestly improve the Patriot Act by strengthening civil liberty protection without sacrificing the tools that law enforcement needs to keep us safe. He wants Homeland Security money targeted more towards high-risk areas such as nuclear facilities, chemical plants and ports.
- Same sex issues
Obama believes in gay equality. He is a supporter of civil unions, but not same-sex marriage. He believes this should be decided by individual states.
pro-life McCain is against abortion; he believes that abortions should be legal only when the pregnancy resulted from incest, rape, or when the life of the woman is endangered. civil liberties McCain voted YES on extending the Patriot Act's wiretap provision extending the authority of the FBI to conduct "roving wiretaps" and access business records. energy - off-shore drilling McCain supports alternative energies but also wants to look at more nuclear possibilities McCain recently supported off-shore-drilling as a way to address the rising price of oil and gas. This is a contradiction to his earlier opposition to the drilling.
McCain believes in global warming and that our nation cannot ignore it. He feels that cutting emissions throughout the market will force cleaner technology. Health-care McCain opposes universal health care.
As a senator in October 2002, McCain voted to support a joint resolution to authorize the use of United States Armed Forces against Iraq. He remains a very stark supporter of President Bush's policies but has criticized the management of the war. McCain supports the present troop increase and favors maintaining troop levels. He has also defended moral justifications for the war.
John McCain opposes the legalization of marijuana and the use of marijuana for medical purposes and supports the continuation of federal raids on medical marijuana patients. National security He voted for the Patriot Act and all of its revisions. McCain wants intelligence officials to have all tools they need to fight terrorism. He opposes detaining enemy combatants without giving them legal rights. He generally opposes the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union.
- Same sex issues
McCain supports same sex civil unions, but not marriage. He believes this should be decided by individual states.