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Claim: Editorial criticizes Barack Obama's political stances.
Example: [Blackwell, February 2008]
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Origins: The above-referenced article was an opinion piece published in the New York Sun on
A former secretary of state of the U.S. state of Ohio who made an unsuccessful bid as the Republican nominee for Governor of Ohio in the 2006 election. He was the first African-American to be the candidate for governor of a major party in Ohio.Like most opinion pieces, this article is long on rhetoric and opinion and short on factual statements that can be classified as either "true" or "false," but we'll take a stab at evaluating some of the parts that at least somewhat fit the latter category:
Blackwell gained national prominence for his dual roles as Chief Elections Official of Ohio and honorary
A conservative, Blackwell successfully campaigned for the 2004 State Constitutional Amendment banning state recognition of same sex marriage, is a staunch proponent of gun ownership rights, and has stated that he is against abortion except in order to protect the life of the mother. He was defeated in the 2006 Ohio gubernatorial election, winning only 37% of the vote.
As President, I would make the hundreds of millions of dollars inDuring a Democratic debate on 24 July 2007, a moderator posed the following question to Senator Obama: "In 1982, Anwar Sadat traveled to Israel, a trip that resulted in a peace agreement that has lasted ever since. In the spirit of that type of bold leadership, would you be willing to meet separately, without precondition, during the first year of your administration, in Washington or anywhere else, with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba and North Korea, in order to bridge the gap that divides our countries?"
I understand that President Musharraf has his own challenges. But let me make this clear. There are terrorists holed up in those mountains who murdered 3,000 Americans. They are plotting to strike again. It was a terrible mistake to fail to act when we had a chance to take out an
Senator Obama responded thusly:
I would. And the reason is this, that the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment toIn August 2007, the Associated Press (AP) posed the question to Senator Obama whether there was any circumstance under which he would be prepared or willing to use nuclear weapons in Afghanistan and Pakistan to defeat terrorism. According to AP, he responded as follows:
"I think it would be a profound mistake for us to use nuclear weapons in any circumstance," Obama said, with a pause, "involving civilians." Then he quickly added, "Let me scratch that. There's been no discussion of nuclear weapons. That's not on the table."However, it is misleading and inaccurate to claim that the use of nuclear weapons is "something no president has ever taken off the table since we created nuclear weapons in the 1940s." Previous considerations of nuclear weapons use generally occurred in the context of employing them against other countries (such as the USSR) that might pose a military threat to the
"There's been no discussion of using nuclear weapons and that's not a hypothetical that I'm going to discuss," Obama said after a Capitol Hill breakfast with constituents.
When asked whether his answer also applied to the possible use of tactical nuclear weapons, he said it did.
One of the schemes Senator Obama has proposed for keeping the Social Security system solvent is to increase the maximum amount of earnings covered by the Social Security payroll tax:
Obama believes that the first place to look for ways to strengthen Social Security is the payroll tax system. Currently, the Social Security payroll tax applies to only the first $102,000 a worker makes. Obama supports increasing the maximum amount of earnings covered by Social Security and he will work with Congress and the American people to choose a payroll tax reform package that will keep Social Security solvent for at least the next half century.However, this is just one element of Senator Obama's overall plan for ensuring that Americans have adequate
Obama will eliminate all income taxation of seniors making less than $50,000 per year. This will provide an immediate tax cut averaging $1,400 toSenator Obama's proposed plan for helping to ensure that Americans have access to affordable
Senator Obama's education plan includes a provision for ensuring that college educations are affordable to
Obama will make college affordable for all Americans by creating a new American Opportunity Tax Credit. This universal and fully refundable credit will ensure that the first $4,000 of a college education is completely free for most Americans, and will cover two-thirds the cost of tuition at the average public college or university and make community college tuition completely free for most students. Obama will also ensure that the tax credit is available to families at the time of enrollment by using prior year's tax data to deliver the credit when tuition is due.
I strongly disagree with today's Supreme Court ruling, which dramatically departs from previous precedents safeguarding the health of pregnant women. As Justice Ginsburg emphasized in her dissenting opinion, this ruling signals an alarming willingness on the part of the conservative majority to disregard its prior rulings respecting a woman's medical concerns and the very personal decisions between a doctor and patient. I am extremely concerned that this ruling will embolden state legislatures to enact further measures to restrict a woman's right to choose, and that the conservative Supreme Court justices will look for other opportunities to erode Roe v. Wade, which is established federal law and a matter of equal rights for women.We could not find any documentation supporting the claim that Senator Obama "promised to appoint Supreme Court justices who will rule any restriction on [partial-birth abortion] unconstitutional." The closest match we could find was his statement that he would oppose any constitutional amendment to overturn
I have consistently advocated for reproductive choice and will make preserving women's rights underMargaret Sanger was a birth control activist who (among other achievements) founded the American Birth Control League, the predecessor of the current Planned Parenthood Federation of America organization. Sanger's critics have condemned her for being a proponent of eugenics who sought to "eliminate minority races by placing birth control clinics in minority neighborhoods." Linking Barack Obama with Margaret Sanger in this regard is grossly misleading and inaccurate: While Senator Obama is generally regarded to be
Although the United Church of Christ (of which Barack Obama is a member) has endorsed gay marriage, Senator Obama himself has said that he "does not believe in" it and instead supports
I will tell you that I don't believe in gay marriage, but I do think that people who are gay and lesbian should be treated with dignity and respect and that the state should not discriminate against them," said Obama on Sunday. "So, I believe in civil unions that allow a same-sex couple to visit each other in a hospital or transfer property to each other. I don't think it should be called marriage, but I think that it is a legal right that they should have that is recognized by the state.
A 1996 questionnaire asked whether [Obama] supported banning the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns in Illinois. The campaign's answer was straightforward: "Yes." Eight years later, he said on another questionnaire that "a complete ban on handguns is not politically practicable," but reasonable restrictions should be imposed.Last updated: 15 May 2008
His legislative record in Illinois shows strong support for gun restrictions, such as limiting handgun purchases to one a month, but no attempts to ban them. Today, he stands by his support for controls while trying to reassure hunters that he has no interest in interfering with their access to firearms.
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