The Differences: Hillary and Obama
Asked what were the main policy differences between her and Obama, Clinton gave two.
First, health care where Clinton supports a universal coverage plan and Obama's proposal does not include such a measure and would leave out a projected 15 million Americans.
Second, Clinton insisted that realism be the top priority in America's approach to the world -- drawing a line between Obama's stated willingness to meet personally with dictators and her unwillingness to make the same pledge.
The same question then went to Obama
He agreed the two differ on health care, calling it a "genuine disagreement" and reiterating the fact that he believes that the main reason everyone is not covered is not because of a lack of desire to be so but rather an inability to pay for it. He disputed the claim that his plan would leave out 15 million, saying that many of them would be prompted by subsidies to seek insurance
Obama said it was true he would "elevate diplomacy" if elected president, noting that the two differ on whether or not to meet with leaders of Iran.
He tossed in that another major difference between the two was his call to reduce the power of lobbyists and special interests in Washington -- throwing in another hat tip to Edwards who supported a similar plan.
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