An In-Depth Look at Obama and Clinton’s Senate Records

February 21, 2008

Political experience is a hot topic for presidential candidates Clinton and Obama.  I was planning on writing an article detailing each’s experience in the Senate, but Grassroots Mom beat me to it.  Her analysis shows a great in-depth look at the various bills each candidate has authored or sponsored during their Senate tenure.   Read it and you will become informed.

 The Highlights:

  • Voting records show that both candidates support similar issues.  Obama is frequently a co-sponsor on Clinton’s bills, and vice versa. 
  • Although each candidate shares similarities, they’re method to create change is different.  In the instance of lead paint for example, Clinton suppored legislation that would provide tax incentives to companies who removed lead paint.  Obama supported classifying lead paint as “hazardous” and regulating its use.  Market incentives vs Regulation.
  • Clinton has introduced a hefty amount of healthcare legislation.  Her focus is mainly on women and children.
  • Obama’s legislation is more broad.  Healthcare, energy, global warming, nuclear proliferation, foreign policy (ie Iran), and Blackwater are all subjects of bills he brought forth.
  • An interesting point: many of Clinton’s bills have no co-sponsors.  Speculation as to why this is can lead to any number of conclusions.
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