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I'm completely ignorant. What are the differences between Obama and Clinton?

Asked by theloveprophet (347points) March 26th, 2008

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Poser's avatar

White woman. Black man.

theloveprophet's avatar

Maybe I should have specified… Why would you want one over the other. They are both Leftist Liberals… I don’t know the difference.

fortris's avatar

One lies a lot, the other denies everything. So Hillary is like the president, and obama is like the government.

Besafe's avatar

one is older than the other
one is male the other is———
one is liberal the other is more liberal
one tried to get socialize health passed the other hasn’t.
One broke party rules the other should have
one has a wierd pastor the other has none
one thinks they were exposed to sniper fire the other didn’t go to a high risk place

I think you can see my point

delirium's avatar

OH MY GOD. i’m going to get someone who is in to politics to answer this. Ignore all the crap above.

oneye1's avatar

one wants to raise your Taxes
one wants to stop supporting our troops
one wants big government
one wants the murder of unborn Babies to stay in place Ow you said difference they both want all these things just go with what the first guy said

Poser's avatar

@loveprophet—Because I’m a white man.

Oh. Damn. Guess I have to vote McCain then.

delirium's avatar

Correction: Because my source is being a lazy ass right now because the question is too broad…

Barack Obama vs Hillary Clinton on policy

By Tim Shipman
So, what is the difference between them?

CLINTON: Sells herself as experienced and ready to lead on day one. She promises hard work and a fight to win the nomination, to resist Republican attacks in the general election and to defend blue-collar workers as president.

OBAMA: Says America needs change in Washington, an end to partisan bitterness and new personnel. His focus is more on the power of his personality to bring people together – Democrat and Republican, black and white.

WHAT IT MEANS: Both have strong faith in the power of government, but Mr Obama’s poetic message of hope has trumped Mrs Clinton’s prosaic command of the issues.


CLINTON: An awkward embarrassment. Mrs Clinton would start withdrawing troops within six months. But her senate vote for war remains a handicap with those who now wish it had never happened. She has repeatedly refused to apologise, though she said last week she would like to take it back.

OBAMA: The big issue for Mr Obama, since he opposed the war from the start, speaking out even as he battled to win his senate seat. Claims superior judgment despite the disparity in experience. Backs a phased withdrawal.

WHAT IT MEANS: A vote-winner for Mr Obama among fiercely anti-war Democrat activists. But polls suggest the success of the troop surge would put both on the defensive against the Republican John McCain.


CLINTON: Her signature issue, on which she has long and bruising experience. She will make every American buy health insurance, with subsidies and tax credits for those who can’t afford it. Some 47 million currently have no such cover. She will require insurance companies to cover everyone who applies, even if already ill, and compel large businesses to cover their employees. Total cost: £55bn pa.

OBAMA: Will require adults to buy cover for their children but not for themselves. Instead, focuses on reducing costs so that more people can afford insurance. Stresses he would hold public meetings with the healthcare industry to avoid secret deals with special interests. Total cost: £25bn-£32bn.

WHAT IT MEANS: Mrs Clinton claims Mr Obama’s plan will leave 15 million uninsured. He says she will force people to buy insurance they can’t afford. Democrat voters prefer Mrs Clinton’s plan but think Mr Obama’s is good, too. Reminders of her failure at reform when first lady undermine her claims of experience.


CLINTON: Outreach to allies. Stresses her experience of visiting more than 80 countries as first lady. She implausibly claims to have played a major role in the Northern Ireland peace process. Says “the era of cowboy diplomacy will be over” under her leadership.

OBAMA: Outreach to enemies. He is under fire from Mrs Clinton and President Bush for saying that he would meet with the leaders of Iran, Cuba and North Korea without conditions. Places more stress than Mrs Clinton on the importance of refocusing US efforts on Afghanistan.

WHAT IT MEANS: British efforts in Helmand province more likely to get a boost under Mr Obama, but he has visited Europe only once – and Mrs Clinton is closer to Gordon Brown.


CLINTON: Cosying up to blue-collar workers. Would end the Bush tax cuts and spend the money on her expensive healthcare plan. She wants a 90 day moratorium on sub-prime mortgage foreclosures.

OBAMA: Classic tax-and-spend liberal. Also wants to end tax cuts on those earning £250,000 or more, to pay for healthcare. Advocates pumping £38 billion into the economy from tax cuts, with handouts to working families, pensioners, homeowners and the unemployed.

WHAT IT MEANS: The economy is now the top issue in the Democrat primaries and could hold the key in swing states in November’s election. Mrs Clinton has the advantage here, especially among the less well-off, who are suffering from job losses and the sub-prime mortgage crisis.


CLINTON: Bashing Bill. The one area where she distances herself from her husband, who was pro-free trade. She says she will rip up the North American Free Trade deal (Nafta) unless it is renegotiated. The deal is now widely blamed for costing American jobs.

OBAMA: Having it both ways. Also wants renegotiation of Nafta and says companies that move overseas would lose some of their tax breaks. But Canadian papers report that his aides have told the Canadian government not to take his rhetoric at face value.

WHAT IT MEANS: Anti-free trade message will help Mrs Clinton in Ohio, but Mr Obama’s equivocation may help in Texas, where Nafta is popular.


CLINTON: Rock solid behind “right to choose” on abortion, the traditional Democrat mantra. Would write the landmark Roe v Wade Supreme Court ruling permitting abortion into federal law. Supports use of so-called partial-birth abortion, a controversial late?term procedure involving dismemberment of the foetus.

OBAMA: Although he, too, opposes attempts by constitutional amendment to overturn Roe v Wade, Clinton supporters say he is soft on abortion. He only voted “present” – refusing to commit – when abortion laws were debated in the Illinois state senate.

WHAT IT MEANS: Republicans see both candidates as boiler-plate liberals on abortion, but the innuendo about Mr Obama was credited with losing him the New Hampshire primary. The issue boosts Mrs Clinton’s standing with women voters.


CLINTON: Committed to signing a successor to the Kyoto climate deal. Strong supporter of developing alternative energy to boost jobs and lessen dependence on foreign oil. She boasts that America will lead when “the two oilmen have left the White House”.

OBAMA: Backs a cap-and-trade programme to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He has pledged to put America at the head of an international global warming partnership.

WHAT IT MEANS: Promises here can hurt a Democrat with still-sceptical voters in the general election. Bashing the oil industry is not a winner in Texas.

Trustinglife's avatar

Wow, I learned a lot from reading that. Thanks for posting it, delirium.

delirium's avatar

No prob. I thought it was very middle-ground. I liked it.

iceblu's avatar

Wow.. i have never read anything about politics in my life, but that, i took a huge interest in, thank you Delirium.

El_Cadejo's avatar

Yea definitely very interesting. I learned a lot from that. Thanks.

theloveprophet's avatar

Awesome! I would be voting for McCain anyway if I was of voting age but I wanted to know the difference and you delivered. Thank you.

delirium's avatar

I’m happy everyone liked it so much. Politics are really interesting, once you get in to them. Its breaking the ice that always seems to be the hard part.

Alina1235's avatar

delirium you are great!

sferik's avatar

In my mind, the clearest difference between the two is that Barack Obama has funded his presidential campaign entirely from individual contributors, while Hillary Clinton has accepted money from lobbyists.

It seems to me that behind every bad law that gets passed—laws that are harmful to the majority of Americans—lies a powerful lobby pulling for its own special interests.

To fix the policy problems in America, we must first address the root cause: political corruption.

Maldadpermanente's avatar

Obama’s going to finish us all.

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