2008 Clinton V. Obama: The Record
posted by January 24 at 15:04 PMon
While it’s easy to focus on what candidates say they’ll do when in office (each campaign’s web site offers a long list of policy platform statements), it’s a more instructive exercise (assuming you care about policy and not just personality or “likability”) to look at the candidates’ records in office and see how they line up against your personal priorities. The Guardian recently did a roundup of significant votes by Clinton and Obama, and, as you might guess, both candidates’ records are mixed.
In 2005, Clinton voted against an energy bill that subsidized “clean coal” researchers and ethanol producers while Obama voted for itóbecause he supported the subsidies.
Obama voted for new restrictions on cluster bombs (which tend to go off years after battle and frequently kill or wound civilians) while Clinton voted against it, possibly to avoid angering Israel and possibly because she bought arguments that restricting the bombs would tie military leaders’ hands.
Obama voted for a Republican bill that barred law enforcement from confiscating civilians’ guns during an emergency; Clinton voted against it.
Clinton opposed some key Bush appointments, including interior secretary Dirk Kempthorne (who received a
100 percent one percent, duh! lifetime score from the League of Conservation Voters) and army chief of staff George Casey; Obama voted for them.
Clinton voted against an ethics bill Obama sponsored, arguing that it still allows members of Congress and their aides to attend parties thrown by lobbyists; but she voted against reforms that would have made the legislation stronger.
Bonus: No pro-HRC commentary! Feel free to fire away about what you think I’m ignoring in the comments.