barrackobama.com) are the links to "Home," "Learn," "Issues," "Get Involved," "Blog," "Newsroom" and "Donate." Across the top of Clinton's Web site (www.hillaryclinton.com) she offers links to "Home," "Hillary," "Take Action," "Newsroom," "Blog," "Video" and "Contribute."
In terms of substance put forward on health care and other national issues, Obama wins hands down on his Web pages. In Obama's "Issues" pull-down, he offers 11 links to issues that he has taken a stand on. One of them is "Healthcare System That Works." In that link Obama addresses AIDS, "Medical Information Technology," hospital "report cards," "Genetic Medicine," and "Protecting Children from Lead Poisoning." There is nothing specific about universal health care in Obama's site, but again, there are several issues represented.
In Clinton's site, there is no specific place to go to see how the senator feels about specific issues; there are several press releases offered, including one that announces a "Better Health Care Together Campaign," but most of the releases are about her campaign, her jousting with Obama, and polls that show her in good stead. Clinton's press release tells the public what it already knows: "...The health care system is not working...costs are spiraling out of control," etc.; and while she asserts that health care is a moral and economic issue, no specifics are presented by the senator. Mind you, according to the federal Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (www.cbpp.org),45.8 million Americans do not have health care as of 2004.
Iraq] Where does Obama stand? In the first place, he didn't vote for or against the Bush resolution for war on Iraq; he was a state senator in Illinois then, but he came out publicly against the Bush plan to attack Iraq. He now calls for a timetable for getting out. He introduced legislation to that effect in January, 2007. As for Clinton, she has the baggage of having voted for the Bush legislation authorizing war against Iraq. She "...is being warned by some of her supporters that she may endanger her front-runner status if she refuses to make some outright apology for having voted along with 76 other senators in 2002 to empower the president to use force in Iraq" (Schorr 2007), according to a report in the Christian Science Monitor. And although she now calls for a rejection of the Bush "surge" plan, and makes speeches (some are available on her Web site under "newsroom") she is caught in the crossfire of saying she wishes she had not voted the way she did. She comes off a bit wishy-washy when she answers questions as to whether she should apologize or not.
Public Image] Clinton recently allowed herself to be drawn into an ugly name-calling contest after Hollywood movie executive David Geffen (formerly a big fund-raiser for Bill and Hillary Clinton) helped raise $1.3 million for Obama. The reason Geffen has thrown his support to Obama - according to an article in the New York Times (Steinhauer, et al., 2007) - is that he believes Hillary is a "divisive figure who would fail to bring the nation together." This was all well and good, but then Clinton blasted back at Geffen, looking like sour grapes and even worse; after an exchange between her campaign and Obama's campaign, she said Obama espouses "the politics of trash," and that became a very negative news story.
CONCLUSION: As was expressed earlier, there is a long way to go in this campaign. But based on what has been said, what is being said, and how clear the candidates are with regard to the most important issues facing the American people - along with their images - the tip of the scales goes to Barrack Obama. He looks like a better bet than Hillary, but it is really too early to put any money on the table. Even if you're David Geffen.
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