What's the difference between Hillary and Obama?
It looks like Obama is going to win the nomination, but I'm just confused about what the big deal is. They seem like they have such similar views. What's the big difference between Clinton and Obama?
That's a good question. You're right; ideologically they are very similar. They both agree that something has to be done to introduce universal health care; they're against the war in Iraq and for exploring alternative energy options; and on social issues they're similar as well. Here's where they differ:
-Health care. While both support universal health care, their tactics are slightly different. Both support guaranteed eligibility, setting up an insurance regulation agency, and designing a health care plan similar to what people in Congress get. However, Obama wants to mandate health care coverage for children only, while Clinton wants to mandate it across the board. The way the payments work out and how the health care plans are funded differ slightly.
-The war in Iraq. Both are critics of it. But Clinton voted to allow it in 2002, and Obama says he has been against it consistently--although technically he didn't get started in the senate until 2005, so he never had the chance to vote for or against the 2002 resolution. Interestingly, both candidates voted against withdrawing troops in 2007.
-Experience vs. charisma. Of course, the two candidates have branded themselves as the experienced senior tactician (Clinton) against the charismatic agent for change (Obama).
Clinton does have years of experience, including eight years as First Lady and eight years as a Senator. But Obama also has eight years of legislative experience as an Illinois state Senator before being elected to the Federal level. Some have criticized Clinton's claim of "more experience," saying that her experience as First Lady shouldn't count as legislative experience.
Obama is eloquent and charismatic, although he has been criticized for seeming to be more concerned about bold, sweeping promises of "hope" and "change" than offering specific solutions. Clinton's explanations of her proposed policies seem more specific and detailed than Obama's in many instances.
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