Clinton vs. Obama….The Record

CLINTON vs. OBAMA….THE RECORD….In the Guardian today, Elana Schor reports that although Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have almost identical voting records in the Senate, they aren’t quite identical. Here’s a nickel summary:

  1. Cheney energy bill: Obama for, Clinton against.

  2. Cluster bomb ban: Obama for, Clinton against.

  3. Pat Leahy’s refugee amendment: Obama for, Clinton against.

  4. Gun confiscation during emergencies: Obama against, Clinton for.

  5. Confirmation of interior secretary Dirk Kempthorne: Obama for, Clinton against.

  6. Confirmation of Army chief of staff George Casey: Obama for, Clinton against.

  7. Lobbying reform: Obama for, Clinton against.

In terms of supporting conventional liberal policies, I suppose you’d give Clinton the advantage on 1, 4, 5, and 6. Obama gets the nod on 2, 3, and 7. It’s pretty thin gruel, though. Aside from the energy bill, their other differences are fairly modest. Still, your mileage may vary depending on which issues matter most to you. Read the whole thing here.