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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.

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 31, 2008; 8:25 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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You obviously never turned into Fox. Obama's mechanic's wife's brother-in-law's stepson one time talked about legalizing drugs which obviously makes Obama a Dutch drug importer. This election is all about the stupid.

Posted by: WTF | April 26, 2008 10:15 AM | Report abuse

Obama just made the single dumbest comment I have heard so far in this campaign: that people who refuse health insurance should be made to pay back premiums when they get sick, to defray the costs to the rest of us when they go to the ER uninsured. Does he need someone to explain the concept of "insurance" to him?

Posted by: zenwick | January 31, 2008 8:31 PM | Report abuse

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