Obama's Accomplishments

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    For those of you who are on the fence of voting for Obama, this will help you decide.
    Civil Rights
    • As a community organizer, Obama helped 150,000 African Americans register to vote.
    • As a civil rights lawyer, Obama litigated employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and voting rights cases.
    • As a State Senator, Obama passed one of the country's first racial profiling laws and helped reform a broken death penalty system.
    • In the U.S. Senate, Obama has been a leading advocate for protecting the right to vote, helping to reauthorize the Voting Rights Act and leading the opposition against discriminatory barriers to voting.
    Education
    • In the Illinois State Senate, Obama was a leader on early childhood education, helping create the state's Early Learning Council.
    • In the U.S. Senate, Obama has been a leader in working to make college more affordable. His very first bill sought to increase the maximum Pell Grant award to $5,100. As a member of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee, Obama helped pass legislation to achieve that goal in the recent improvements to the Higher Education Act.
    • Obama has also introduced legislation to create Teacher Residency Programs and to increase federal support for summer learning opportunities.
    Ethics Reform
    • Federal Ethics Reform: Obama and Senator Feingold (D-WI) took on both parties and proposed ethics legislation that was described as the "gold standard" for reform. It was because of their leadership that ending subsidized corporate jet travel, mandating disclosure of lobbyists' bundling of contributions, and enacting strong new restrictions of lobbyist-sponsored trips became part of the final ethics bill that was signed into law. The Washington Post wrote in an editorial, "The final package is the strongest ethics legislation to emerge from Congress yet."
    • Google for Government: Americans have the right to know how their tax dollars are spent, but that information has been hidden from public view for too long. That's why Barack Obama and Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) passed a law to create a Google-like search engine to allow regular people to approximately track federal grants, contracts, earmarks, and loans online. The Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "It would enable the public to see where federal money goes and how it is spent. It's a brilliant idea."
    • Illinois Reform: In 1998, Obama joined forces with former U.S. Sen. Paul Simon (D-IL) to pass the toughest campaign finance law in Illinois history. The legislation banned the personal use of campaign money by Illinois legislators and banned most gifts from lobbyists. Before the law was passed, one organization ranked Illinois worst among 50 states for its campaign finance regulations.
    • A High Standard: Unlike other candidates Obama's campaign refuses to accept contributions from Washington lobbyists and political action committees.
     
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    Iraq
    • Barack Obama opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning. In 2002, as the conventional thinking in Washington lined up for war, Obama had the judgment and courage to speak out against the war. He said the war would lead to "an occupation of undetermined length, with undetermined costs and undetermined consequences." In January 2007, Obama introduced legislation to responsibly end the war in Iraq, with a phased withdrawal of troops engaged in combat operations.
    Poverty
    • Tax Relief for Low-Income Working Families: Obama created the Illinois Earned Income Tax Credit for low-income working families in 2000 and successfully sponsored a measure to make the credit permanent in 2003. The law offered about $105 million in tax relief over three years.
    • Housing: In the Illinois State Senate, Obama championed multiple pieces of legislation to help low-income families find adequate affordable housing.
    Rural Issues
    • In 2006, Obama supported legislation that would have reversed $2 billion in cuts for U.S. Department of Agriculture programs including conservation, rural development, nutrition, and forestry programs that are vitally important to our rural communities.
    • In addition, he supported legislation providing full funding for agricultural programs that were authorized by Congress in the 2002 Farm Bill.
    • Obama has supported funding for Illinois communities through the Rural Community Empowerment Program, which includes the establishment of rural Empowerment Zones and Enterprise Communities, as well as other federal programs that maintain and build upon the assets of rural communities.
    • Obama has worked on numerous efforts in the U.S. Senate to increase access to and use of renewable fuels, including corn-based and cellulosic ethanol.
    • He cosponsored legislation to investigate the root causes of health disparities including for rural areas and to start addressing them.
    • He cosponsored the Emergency Farm Relief Act of 2006 to make grants to state agriculture departments for direct economic loss payments to eligible small businesses.
    • He cosponsored legislation that became law to combat the scourge of methamphetamines.
    • Obama also introduced legislation to remedy years of discrimination against black farmers by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
     
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    The Economy
    • Housing: In the U.S. Senate, Obama introduced the STOP FRAUD Act to increase penalties for mortgage fraud and provide more protections for low-income homebuyers, well before the current subprime crisis began.
    • Predatory Lending: In the Illinois State Senate, Obama called attention to predatory lending issues. Obama sponsored legislation to combat predatory payday loans, and he also was credited with lobbying the state to more closely regulate some of the most egregious predatory lending practices.
    • American Jobs: Barack Obama introduced the Patriot Employer Act of 2007 to provide a tax credit to companies that maintain or increase the number of full-time workers in America relative to those outside the US; maintain their corporate headquarters in America; pay decent wages; prepare workers for retirement; provide health insurance; and support employees who serve in the military.
    Energy and the Environment
    • Renewable Fuels: Obama has worked on numerous efforts in the Senate to increase access to and use of renewable fuels. Obama passed legislation with Senator Jim Talent (R-MO) to give gas stations a tax credit for installing E85 ethanol refueling pumps. The tax credit covers 30 percent of the costs of switching one or more traditional petroleum pumps to E85, which is an 85 percent ethanol/15 percent gasoline blend. Obama also sponsored an amendment that became law providing $40 million for commercialization of a combined flexible fuel vehicle/hybrid car within five years.
    • CAFE: Obama introduced a bold new plan that brought Republicans and Democrats, CAFE supporters and long-time opponents together in support of legislation that will gradually increase fuel economy standards and offer what the New York Times editorial page called "real as opposed to hypothetical results."
    Fiscal Responsibitily
    • PAYGO: Obama voted in 2005, 2006, and 2007 to reinstate pay-as-you-go (PAYGO) federal budget rules.
    • No-Bid Contracts: Obama has introduced and helped pass bipartisan legislation to limit the abuse of no-bid federal contracts.
    • Against Raising the Federal Debt Limit: In 2006, Obama voted against misguided Republican efforts to raise the statutory debt limit at the same time the Republicans were pushing through massive debt-financed tax cuts for the wealthy.
     
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    Healthcare
    • Health Insurance: In 2003, Barack Obama sponsored and passed legislation that expanded health care coverage to 70,000 kids and 84,000 adults. In the U.S. Senate, Obama cosponsored the Healthy Kids Act of 2007 and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP) Reauthorization Act of 2007 to ensure that more American children have affordable health care coverage.
    • Women's Health: Obama worked to pass a number of laws in Illinois and Washington to improve the health of women. His accomplishments include creating a task force on cervical cancer, providing greater access to breast and cervical cancer screenings, and helping improve prenatal and premature birth services.
    Immigration
    • Crack Down on Employers: Obama championed a proposal to create a system so employers can verify that their employees are legally eligible to work in the U.S.
    • Fix the Bureaucracy: Obama joined Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) to introduce the Citizenship Promotion Act to ensure that immigration application fees are both reasonable and fair. Obama also introduced legislation that passed the Senate to improve the speed and accuracy of FBI background checks.
    • Respect Families: Obama introduced amendments to put greater emphasis on keeping immigrant families together.
    Faith
    • In June of 2006, Senator Obama delivered what was called the most important speech on religion and politics in 40 years. Speaking before an evangelical audience, Senator Obama candidly discussed his own religious conversion and doubts, and the need for a deeper, more substantive discussion about the role of faith in American life.
    • Senator Obama also laid down principles for how to discuss faith in a pluralistic society, including the need for religious people to translate their concerns into universal, rather than religion-specific, values during public debate. In December, 2006, Senator Obama discussed the importance of faith in the global battle against AIDS.
     
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    Public Service
    • Obama began his career by moving to the South Side of Chicago to direct the Developing Communities Project. Together with a coalition of ministers, Obama set out to improve living conditions in poor neigh- borhoods plagued by crime and high unemployment.
    • After graduating from law school, Obama passed up lucrative law firm jobs to head Project Vote, which helped register 150,000 new African American voters in Chicago, the highest number ever registered in a single local effort.
    • Michelle Obama was founding executive director of Public Allies Chicago, a leadership development program that identifies and prepares talented young adults for careers serving the public good.
    Seniors and Social Security
    • Social Security and Pensions: In the midst of the 2005 debate over Social Security privatization, Obama gave a major speech at the National Press Club forcefully arguing against privatization. He also repeatedly voted against Republican amendments that aimed to privatize Social Security or cut benefits. Obama has also voted to force companies to properly fund their pension plans so taxpayers don't end up footing the bill.
    • Medicare: Obama has supported a number efforts to strengthen Medicare, including voting for legislation to allow Medicare to negotiate for cheaper prescription drug prices and to extend the enrollment period for low-income beneficiaries.
    • Protecting Seniors: After reports that lobbyists, but not the American people, received information about the most unsafe nursing homes in the country, Barack Obama demanded the Department of Health and Human Services release that information to the public. Following Obama's letter, the names of the four Iowa care facilities cited for unsafe care were released to the public. Obama's efforts follow his successful efforts in Illinois to make nursing home information public and strengthen elder abuse laws.
     
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    Veterans
    • As a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Obama passed legislation to improve care and slash red tape for our wounded warriors recovering at places like Walter Reed.
    • He passed laws to help homeless veterans and offered an innovative solution to prevent at-risk veterans from falling into homelessness.
    • Obama led a bipartisan effort in the Senate to try to halt the military's unfair practice of discharging service members for having a service-connected psychological injury.
    • He fought for fair treatment of Illinois veterans' claims and forced the VA to conduct an unprecedented outreach campaign to disabled veterans with lower than-average benefits.
    • Obama passed legislation to stop a VA review of closed PTSD cases that could have led to a reduction in veterans' benefits.
    • He passed an amendment to ensure that all service members returning from Iraq are properly screened for traumatic brain injuries.
    • He introduced legislation to direct the VA and Pentagon to fix disjointed records systems and improve outreach to members of the National Guard and Reserves.
     
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    More MEANINGLESS 'gotcha journalism'.

    Gotcha journalism generally refers to a method of interviewing or editing of interviews in which the interviewee is made to look foolish or out of touch. The effect is often to make the targeted person look uninformed or as if he or she is lying.
     
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    Most of that is fluff. Most of his legislation was given to him to sponsor in his final year in the IL Senate. I didn't see any major law suits mentioned by name that he litigated. And Obama has done little but run for President since reaching the U.S Senate. Hillary Clinton ran a voter's registration drive too...she doesn't mention it or put it on her resume :rolleyes:

    Obama has done some questionable things as well:

    BostonGlobe
    Grim proving ground for Obama's housing policy

    The candidate endorsed subsidies for private entrepreneurs to build low-income units. But, while he garnered support from developers, many projects in his former district have fallen into disrepair.
    ...Grove Parc has become a symbol for some in Chicago of the broader failures of giving public subsidies to private companies to build and manage affordable housing - an approach strongly backed by Obama as the best replacement for public housing.

    ...As a state senator, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee coauthored an Illinois law creating a new pool of tax credits for developers. As a US senator, he pressed for increased federal subsidies. And as a presidential candidate, he has campaigned on a promise to create an Affordable Housing Trust Fund that could give developers an estimated $500 million a year.
     
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    Yeah those are some pretty lame ass accomplishments. I think Jesse Jackson and reverend Al have more than that. It is like when you are reading someone's resume and they make out every little thing to be a big deal. They are the mad fronters.

    2001- Special Olympics volunteer - gained valuable leadership ability.
    2002- Captain of JV football team - provided me with the executive leadership experience and skill set. Learned to work with members of a team. Whoopdefuckingdoo.

    Are any of those accomplishments coming from going above and beyond the call of duty (I'm seriously asking the question I wouldn't know either way), or does it go with the job? It is like Chris Rock said, "I feed my kids." Duh motherfucker your supposed to feed your kids!

    "I'm in the senate, I help champion bills and work on numerous efforts!"
     
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    I love the Chris Rock reference....I think he is more qualified than Obama.
     
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    Here are just a few highlights from Barack Obama's career as a US Senator: specific pieces of legislation, what they meant and how they were passed.
    The Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act
    Introduced by Sen. John McCain in May 2005, and cosponsored by Sen. Edward Kennedy. Barack Obama added three amendments to this bill.
    While the bill was never voted on in the Senate, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Acts of 2006 and 2007, respectively, drew heavily upon the wording of this bill.
    The Lugar-Obama Cooperative Threat Reduction.
    Introduced by Sen. Barack Obama, Sen. Dick Lugar and Sen. Tom Coburn.
    First introduced in November 2005 and enacted in 2007, this bill expanded upon the successful Nunn-Lugar threat reduction, which helped secure weapons of mass destruction and related infrastructure in former Soviet Union states.
    Lugar-Obama expanded this nonproliferation program to conventional weapons -- including shoulder-fired rockets and land mines. When the bill received $48 million in funding, Obama said, "This funding will further strengthen our ability to detect and intercept illegal shipments of weapons and materials of mass destruction, enhancing efforts to prevent nuclear terrorism."
    Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006
    This act of Congress, introduced by Senators Obama and Coburn, required the full disclosure of all entities or organizations receiving federal funds in FY2007.
    Despite a "secret hold" on this bill by Senators Ted Stevens and Robert Byrd, the act passed into law and was signed by President Bush. The act had 43 cosponsors, including John McCain.
    The act created this Web site, which provides citizens with valuable information about government-funded programs.
    Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act
    This law helped specify US policy toward the Congo, and states that the US should work with other donor nations to increase international contributions to the African nation.
    The bill marked the first federal legislation to be enacted with Obama as its primary sponsor. Following this legislation's passage, Obama toured Africa, traveling to South Africa, Kenya, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Chad. He spoke forcefully against ethnic rivalries and political corruption in Kenya.
    Honest Leadership and Open Government Act
    In the first month of the 110th Congress, Obama worked with Sen. Russ Feingold to pass this law, which amends and strengthens the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995.
    Specificially, the changes made by Obama and Feingold requires public disclosure of lobbying activity and funding, places more restrictions on gifts for members of Congress and their staff, and provides for mandatory disclosure of earmarks in expenditure bills.
    The House passed the bill, 411-8, on July 31. The Senate approved it, 83-14, on Aug. 2. At the time, Obama called it "the most sweeping ethics reform since Watergate."
    Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act
    Following the Republican-sponsored voter intimidation tactics seen in mostly black counties in Maryland during the 2006 midterm elections, Obama worked with Sen. Chuck Schumer to introduce this bill.
    The bill has been referred to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Obama said of the bill, "This legislation would ensure that for the first time, these incidents are fully investigated and that those found guilty are punished."
    The Obama-McCain Climate Change Reduction Bill
    The Obama-McCain bill, which is co-sponsored by Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., would cut emissions by two-thirds by 2050.
    Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007
    Introduced by Obama, this binding act would stop the planned troop increase of 21,500 in Iraq, and would also begin a phased redeployment of troops from Iraq with the goal of removing all combat forces by March 31, 2008.
    Explaining the bill, Obama said it reflects his view that the problems in Iraq do not have a military solution. "Our troops have performed brilliantly in Iraq, but no amount of American soldiers can solve the political differences at the heart of somebody else's civil war," Obama said.
    Amendments to the 2008 Defense Authorization Bill
    Obama worked with Sen. Kit Bond to limit, through this bill, the Pentagon’s use of personality disorder discharges in the FY 2008 Defense Authorization bill.
    This provision would add additional safeguards to discharge procedures and require a thorough review by the Government Accountability Office. This followed news reports that the Pentagon inappropriately used these procedures to discharge service members with service-connected psychological injuries.
    "With thousands of American service members suffering day in and day out from the less visible wounds of war, reports that the Pentagon has improperly diagnosed and discharged service members with personality disorders are deeply disturbing," said Senator Obama. "This provision will add additional safeguards to the Department of Defense’s use of this discharge and mandate a comprehensive review of these policies."
    The Comprehensive Nuclear Threat Reduction provision
    Working with Sen. Hagel and Rep. Adam Schiff, Obama authored this provision, which would require the president to develop a comprehensive plan for ensuring that all nuclear weapons and weapons-usable material at vulnerable sites around the world are secure by 2012 from the threats that terrorists have shown they can pose.
    A provision from the Obama-Hagel bill was passed by Congress in December 2007 as an amendment to the State-Foreign Operations appropriations bill.
    "It is imperative that we build and sustain a truly global effort under an aggressive timeline to secure, consolidate, and reduce stockpiles of nuclear weapons and weapons-usable material to keep them out of the wrong hands. The comprehensive nuclear threat reduction plan required by this provision is an important step in that effort," Obama said of the provision.
     
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    During the first 8 years of his elected service he sponsored over 820 bills. He introduced... 233 regarding healthcare reform,
    125 on poverty and public assistance,
    112 crime fighting bills,
    97 economic bills,
    60 human rights and anti-discrimination bills,
    21 ethics reform bills,
    15 gun control,
    6 veterans affairs and many others.
    His first year in the U.S. Senate, he authored 152 bills and co-sponsored another 427.
    These included:
    -The Coburn Obama Government Transparency Act of 2006
    -The Lugar Obama Nuclear Nonproliferation and Conventional Weapons Threat Reduction Act
    -The Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act
    -The 2007 Government Ethics Bill
    -The Protection Against Excessive Executive Compensation Bill
    -Lane Evans Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act
    Bills Obama has supported:
    -Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act
    -Secure Fence Act
    -Democratic Republic of the Congo Relief, Security, and Democracy Promotion Act
    -Honest Leadership and Open Government Act
    -Iraq War De Escalation Act
    -Defense Authorization Act
    -Iran Sanctions Enabling Act
    -State Foreign Operations Appropriations bill
    -Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act of 2007
    -State Children's Health Insurance Program (amendment to provide protection for Family members caring for wounded soldiers)
    In all, since entering the U.S. Senate, Senator Obama has written 890 (eight hundred ninety) bills and co-sponsored another 1096 (one thousand ninety-six).
     
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    Here's a list of some of the accomplishments Obama has made while in the Illinois State Senate:


    PA 90-612: McCormick Place Expansion Project Fund
    This fund appears to have been created prior to this public act, this public act amended the existing statute. The amendment added two more years of increasing deposits (through 2007) and added a specified cutoff date for the fund (to pay for bonds) up until 2029 if they are still outstanding. Other changes were made as well throughout this long section.
    PA 90-0142: Veterans Affairs Act Amendment of Powers and Duties:
    This amendment added a section to "Encourage programs to address issues faced by Persian Gulf War Veterans" and it created a commission to study Gulf War diseases.
    PA 90-0017: Public Aid Rules
    This amendment changed the rules for who is ineligible for Illinois Public Aid by adding a person violating a condition of probation or parole to the list. It also added that people who have tried to get public aid from two states by misrepresenting their residency status is ineligible. People convicted of drug crimes don't get cash assistance but can get food stamps. There are numerous other changes please read them if interested.
    PA 90-0551: Illinois Pension Salary Calculation Rules for Cops
    This amended the way salary was calculated for police officers.
    PA 90-0289: Use Tax Amendment
    This added nonreusable tangible personal property used by restuarants as take out boxes etc, could be taxed as a sale at retail.
    PA 90-0290: Public Aid Amendment
    Added a breast pump and other devices associated with breast feeding as items that could be obtained via public aid.
    PA 90-737: Gift Ban Amendment
    Increased the amount a gift could be valued at from $1000 or $3000 depending on the circumstances to $3000. It also required that anything of value be reported, and the reported value must be made by the contributor's certified market value. It also added sections requiring disclosures on political literature and made the requirements for accepting donations tougher.
    PA 90-0249: Public Aid Amendment
    This required sending public aid recipients to rehab rather than cutting the benefits "where clinically appropriate substance abuse treatment capacity is available."
    PA 90-0341: Alzheimer's Special Care Disclosure Act amendmnet:
    Provided a permit could be revoked for failing to provide an accurate disclosure statement and does not allow renewals until the same has been provided.
    PA 90-0472: Probate Act Amendment
    Removed all gender biased sections of the statute and made some other changes.
    PA 90-0474: Job Training and Economic Development
    Added a section for a grant program for organizations trying to help poor people get jobs.
    PA 90-0141: Criminal Procedure
    Added a motion for convicted defendants to get DNA or fingerprint analysis done to try to prove their innocence.
    PA 90-0129: Youth Crime Prevention Consortium Act
    Created this consortium.
    PA 90-0651: Criminal Law additions and amendments
    Changed and added sections to existing crimes and added at least one crime.
    PA 90-0740: Code of Corrections Amendment
    Added Reckless Homicide to crimes that require a judge to read certain passages at the time of sentencing about how long the person will spend in jail. There are also other changes associated with reckless homicide.
    There are many others from the 90th General Assembly but I will move on to the 92nd General Assembly because the data I was able to find on the 91st General Assembly is too disorganized to effectively do the same.
    PA 92-0087: Notice of employer responsibilities under federal Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act
    Added section about an advisory notice required to be sent to employers.
    PA 92-0156: Emergency Contraception Law
    Provides that emergency contraception shall be provided by hospitals that provide services to sexual assault survivors and requires rules to be developed by each hospital to conform with the law.
    PA 92-0058: Drug Court Treatment Act
    I am not sure if this was a new law or an amendment but it is a program for drug crime convicts providing for an alternative to prison.
    PA 92-0088: Medical Care
    Added grants for new community health centers.
     
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    Senator Barack H. Obama, J.D.
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    Constitutional Scholar, Professor of Constitutional Law
    UNITED STATES SENATOR from Illinois
    Member, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
    Chairman, Subcommittee on European Affairs
    Member, Subcommittee on African Affairs
    Member, Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs
    Member, Subcommittee on International Development and Foreign Assistance, Economic Affairs and International Environmental Protection
    Member, Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
    Member, Subcommittee on Children and Families
    Member, Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
    Member, Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
    Member, Subcommittee on Ad Hoc Subcommittee on State, Local, and Private Sector Preparedness and Integration
    Member, Subcommittee on Investigations
    Member, Subcommittee on Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security
    Member, Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    Elected in 2004, Barack Obama has sponsored 136 bills since Jan 4, 2005. Obama has co-sponsored 653 bills during the same time period.
     
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    This character assassination is doing just what the Republican strategists want the election to be about since if you actually had to discuss POLICIES, successes and failures all the failures would line up against them. And there is no evidence McCain intends to depart from them. The 'Republican Brand' hasn't been in worst shape. So the election has to be focused on character attacks by the tried and true conservative attack-dogs. Clinton spent his entire 8 years in office running from the attack dogs over nothing. Nothing compared to the King of Error Bush.

    The Reign of Error

    • Iraq ( a complete failure to accomplish stated goals)
    • Deficit (5 trillion more than 8 yrs ago)
    • Afghanistan (not going well)
    • Economy
    • Wage inequality
    • Katrina
    • Energy independence
    • Global warming
    • Stem cell research
    • 9/11 ( if this had happened under Clinton he and the democrats would have been called weak on defense and responsible)
    • the list is endless
    But the rich have done VERY well under Bush. Wal-Mart is terrified of a democratic win.
     
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    Voting records of Biden, McCain, and Obama:
    Clean Energy Achievement Criteria Motion Agreed - Senate (56 - 39)
    Biden Yes McCain NV Obama Yes
    Alternative Energy Subsidies Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (57 - 36)
    Biden Yes McCain NV Obama Yes
    Energy Act of 2007 Bill Passed - Senate (65 - 27)
    Biden NV McCain NV Obama Yes
    Preventing Petroleum Export Organizations (NOPEC Act of 2007) Amendment Adopted - Senate (70 - 23)
    Biden NV McCain NV Obama Yes
    Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 Amendments Act of 2008 Bill Passed - Senate (69 - 28)
    Biden No McCain NV Obama Yes
    Striking Telecom Immunity from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Bill Amendment Rejected - Senate(32 - 66)
    Biden Yes McCain NV Obama Yes
    Equal Pay Bill Cloture Not Invoked - Senate (56 - 42)
    Biden Yes McCain NV Obama Yes
    Iraq and Afghanistan War Funding, Unemployment Benefits Extension, and GI Bill Concurrence Vote Passed (Senate) (92 - 6)
    Biden Yes McCain NV Obama Yes
     
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    Topic: Defense
    Intelligence Appropriations Declassification amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (43 - 56)
    Biden Yes McCain No Obama Not in Senate
    Bill Number: S 858
    Date: 06/19/1997
    Project Vote Smart's Synopsis:
    Vote to adopt an amendment that requires the President to include in the annual budget the total amount appropriated and total amount requested for intelligence for the current fiscal year.
    Iraq Troop Reduction Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate (47 - 47)
    Biden Yes McCain No Obama Yes
    Date: 09/21/2007
    Project Vote Smart's Synopsis:
    Vote to adopt an amendment to begin reducing the number of U.S. forces in Iraq within 90 days of the enactment of this bill, with the exception of a limited number of U.S. forces to be engaged in targeted counterterrorism, the training of Iraqi forces, and the protection of U.S. personnel and infrastructure.
    Time Between Troop Deployments Amendment Rejected - Senate (56 - 44)
    Biden Yes McCain NO Obama Yes
    Date: 09/19/2007
    Project Vote Smart's Synopsis:
    Vote to adopt an amendment that adds language to HR 1585 establishing mandatory minimum rest periods for members of the regular and reserve components of the armed forces between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, and expressing the sense of the Congress concerning ideal rest periods between these deployments.
    Judicial Review of Detainees Amendment Amendment Rejected - Senate
    (44 - 54)
    Biden Yes McCain NO Obama Yes
    Bill Number: S 1042
    Date: 11/15/2005
    Project Vote Smart's Synopsis:
    Vote to adopt an amendment that alters Senate amendment 2515 to give the United States Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia (DC) exclusive jurisdiction on habeus corpus claims filed by or on the behalf of detainees at Guantanamo Bay who have already had a Combatant Status Review Tribunal.
    Detainees at Guantanamo Bay Amendment Amendment Adopted - Senate
    (49 - 42)
    Biden NO McCain YES Obama NO
    Bill Number: S 1042
    Date: 11/10/2005
    Project Vote Smart's Synopsis:
    Vote to adopt an amendment that requires the Secretary of Defense to submit procedures for determining the status of detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House.
    Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty Treaty rejected - Senate
    (48 - 51)
    Biden Yes McCain NO Obama not in Senate
    Bill Number: Treaty Doc. 105
    Date: 10/13/1999
    Project Vote Smart's Synopsis:
    Vote to ratify the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty that would require 44 countries that have nuclear power plants or nuclear research reactors to ban nuclear weapons testing six months after the treaty is ratified.
     
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