Sen. Barack Obama

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A 2008 Presidential Nominee

Barack Obama exploded onto the nation's political scene at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, taking the first step in a political career that has seen a state senator from Illinois become one of the top candidates for president in less than three years.

Where He Stands on the Issues

Politically, he is a left-of-center Democrat who is strongly pro-choice, favors universal health care and has proposed ending the tax breaks passed by President Bush. Although he was not in Congress when the Iraq war resolution passed, he said he would have opposed it and has called for American troops to be removed from Iraq by March 2008. He also has reached out to Republicans, working with '08 rival Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on campaign finance reform and another '08 candidate Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., to raise awareness about the crisis in Darfur.

Economic and Socioeconomic Policy

Speaking before the National Press Club in April 2005, he defended the New Deal social welfare policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt, associating Republican proposals to establish private accounts for Social Security with Social Darwinism. Obama spoke out in June 2006 against making recent, temporary estate tax cuts permanent, calling the cuts a "Paris Hilton" tax break for "billionaire heirs and heiresses."

Education Vouchers

During an October 2004 debate, Obama stated that he opposed education vouchers for use at private schools because they would undermine public schools.

Energy Policy

Obama and other Senators introduced the BioFuels Security Act in 2007. In a May 2006 letter to President Bush, he joined four other midwest farming state Senators in calling for the preservation of a $0.54 per gallon tariff on imported ethanol.

Health Care

Listen to Obama's community forum in Portsmouth, New Hampshire to collect ideas for a universal health care plan.

On January 24, 2007, Obama spoke about his position on health care at Families USA, a health care advocacy group. Obama said, "The time has come for universal health care in America . . . I am absolutely determined that by the end of the first term of the next president, we should have universal health care in this country." Obama went on to say that he believed that it was wrong that forty-six million Americans are uninsured, noting that taxpayers already pay over $15 billion dollars annually to care for the uninsured.

Net Neutrality

In a June 2006 podcast, Obama expressed support for telecommunications legislation to protect network neutrality on the internet.

Iraq

On January 30, 2007, Obama introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007 into Congress. Among other things, the Act calls for capping the level of troops in Iraq at January 2007 levels and for commencing a phased redeployment of US forces from Iraq "with the goal of removing all combat brigades from Iraq by March 31, 2008, a date that is consistent with the expectation of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group." Announcing the act on the Senate floor, Obama stated that "no amount of American soldiers can solve the political differences at the heart of somebody else's civil war."

Stem Cell Research

Barack Obama Signing His Memoir

Obama supports embryonic stem cell research and was a co-sponsor of the 2005 Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act which was passed by both houses of Congress but vetoed by President George W. Bush.

Articles About Obama

The Agitator: Barack Obama's Unlikely Political Education(The New Republic)

Obama the 'Magic Negro' (The LA Times)

Barack Obama: The Future of the Democratic Party? (TIME)

The Candidate: How the son of a Kenyan economist became an Illinois Everyman (The New Yorker)

The Moment for this Messenger? (The Washington Post)

Obama Videos

Barack Obama: My Plans for 2008

Barack Obama speech in Selma Alabama

Barack Obama Responds to Bush's State of The Union

Barack Obama Speech at Darfur Rally

Eye To Eye: Barack Obama On Presidential Campaign

Barack Obama on Iraq: Opposition from the Start

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