Monday, August 18, 2008

Still On The Fence

Did you catch the the Q & A from Rick Warren to McCain and Obama ? I had to search, but I found the transcripts and made note of the positions that the candidates have on some of the topics. I do this not only to get a sense of their ideas for the coming 4 years, but to see if these positions will hold.

On the issue of abortion, Obama is for legalized abortion. McCain believes human rights begin at conception

Both McCain and Obama said marriage is a union between a man and a woman. Obama added that he supports civil unions for gay partners. It sounds as if Obama is not real sure about this issue

Obama was quick to quote scripture, and discuss his faith. McCain was a bit more reluctant, and used anecdotes and humor to answer some of Warrens questions.

I did a little more research on the candidates positions, and found that Obama does not oppose war. Obama voted for a 700 mile fence at the US/Mexico border in 2006, but in 2007, he supported a bill that created the " guest worker " program. Obama also wants to spend 50 to 65 BILLION on his National Health Insurance Exchange that does not offer health care, but would serve as a watchdog on private insurers. His plan also calls for " Large " companies to contribute to insurance costs

McCain states that the threat in Iraq is " abundantly clear " He was also among the first in the GOP to say he had " no confidence " in Donald Rumsfeld. He was also supportive of the troop surge in 2007. McCain also voted for the 700 miles of fence, and also was in favor of the " guest worker" bill, but added to impose tougher sanctions on employers who hire illegals. McCain is offering a $2500 for single, and $5000 for couple tax credit to help pay for health insurance. McCain is opposed to universal health care

I only hit the high points on these issues, and admittedly left some details out, but I am only looking for changes in policy between now and November, not campaining. As of yet, I have not been able to find a clear economic plan for either candidate. I do predict that taxes will go up for everyone, no one can argue that. I did come across a clip from McCain that I thought was interesting. Take a look.



RTS said...

Can you provide a link to the transcripts?

blaine_fridley said...

politics= contradicting your past stance to pander to the whatever audience you're trying to win over at the time.

mccain or obama. nothing is going to change. we'll still be in iraq. abortion will NEVER (thankfully) be made illegal again. filthy rich will still be filthy rich. blah blah blah.

blaine fridley: now with 27% cynicism!