Presidential candidate profiles: Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Democrat

Age: 47 years old
Education: Law, Harvard University
Occupation: Illinois Senator
Religion: United Church of Christ
Interesting Fact: The first African-American president of the Harvard Law Review.

Economic Policy

-Would provide $50 billion to jumpstart the economy, provide more jobs
-Would give middle class tax relief

Health Care

-Would create a new national health care plan for those who cannot afford coverage.
-Supports greater regulation of the private health insurance industry.

War in Iraq

-Plans a phased withdrawal of U.S. troops engaged in combat operations.
-Will keep pressure on Iraq, focusing on training Iraqi security forces.

Energy

-Acquire energy independence with renewable fuels and clean coal.
-Build more hybrids and promote ethanol use.
-Implement a national program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Same-sex Marriage

-Believes marriage is between a man and woman.
-Supports civil unions for same-sex couples

Education

-Strongly supports pay increases for teachers.
-Reform and fund the No Child Left Behind
-Will create a new American Opportunity Tax Credit to provide free or low-cost public education for those eligible.

Immigration Policy

-Wants to extend welfare, Medicaid and Social Security to immigrants.
-Voted no on declaring English as the official language of the U.S.
-Voted to build border fence and establish guest worker program.
-Would allow  undocumented immigrants in good standing to pay a fine and learn English in order to become a U.S. citizen.

Abortion

-Pro-choice, supports Roe v Wade.
-Opposes notifying parents of minors who seek out-of-state
abortions.
-Would provide $100 million to reduce teen pregnancy through education and contraceptives.

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