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and Clinton agreed on “90 percent of the issues.” The biggest difference was on healthcare, and in that instance Clinton’s plan was more liberal. Clinton’s proposal would have required that everyone have insurance coverage, which Obama’s didn’t at the time. Further, Obama publicly criticized the job losses sparked partially by passage of the North American Free Trade Agreement in the 1990s and vowed to renegotiate the pact, while Clinton was more hesitant and nebulous on the issue.
Whether it was genuine or calculated, Obama’s position was closer to the one held by many blue collar workers in the region, yet they still voted for Clinton.
Meanwhile, McCain changes his positions like most people change their underwear. McCain was for campaign finance reform before he was
against it. He was for helping undocumented immigrants earn a pathway to citizenship before he opposed it. And he strongly criticized Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson and far-right evangelical Christians as “agents of intolerance” before he began cozying up to them to win votes.
No candidate is perfect, but comparisons between Obama and McCain are like comparing filet mignon to ground chuck. Race is still a hot button issue that’s just not brought up in polite society. Many white twentysomethings I’ve recently spoken to believe “I’m not racist, so racism doesn’t exist and I resent it when it’s brought up.” If only it were so.
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