Politics: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

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This post is for people voting democratic in the primaries debating whether to vote for Obama or Clinton.

I gathered a bunch of data up from votesmart. You can see the spreadsheet I made comparing the candidates voting records here. If you find any errors let me know.

Other than the following lists, the candidates voted the same on every bill listed on votesmart.

Summary Statistics

    List of the things Clinton voted "Yes" on that Obama did not vote on (while they were both in office)
  • 04/18/05 Future Military Funding for Iraq Amendment
  • 10/03/07 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations
  • 09/27/07 State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Reauthorization
  • 07/26/07 Implementing the 9/11 Commission Recommendations Act
  • 07/26/07 Department of Homeland Security Appropriations
  • 07/26/07 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations
  • 10/03/07 Border Fence and Customs Appropriations
  • 07/26/07 REAL ID Funding
  • 07/20/07 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants
  • 02/02/06 Tax Reconciliation bill
  • 11/18/05 Tax Reconciliation Bill
  • 07/20/07 Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants
  • 07/19/07 Sense of the Senate on Guantanamo Bay Detainees
  • 08/01/06 Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006
  • 06/11/07 Attorney General No Confidence Vote
  • 06/09/05 Richard A Griffin, US Circuit Judge
  • 09/26/07 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Federalism in Iraq
  • 09/26/07 Expressing the Sense of Congress Regarding Iran and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
    Things Clinton voted "No" on that Obama did not vote on
  • 05/07/07 FDA Drug Import Certification Amendment
  • 09/20/07 Expressing Support for General Petraeus and All Members of the Armed Forces
    Things Obama voted "No" on that Clinton did not vote on
  • 03/10/05 Bankruptcy Reform Bill
    Things Obama voted "Yes" on that Clinton did not vote on
  • None.
    • Things Clinton voted against that Obama voted for
    • 07/29/05 Energy Policy Act of 2005
    • 06/14/05 Thomas B. Griffith, US Circuit Judge
    • 07/13/06 Firearm Confiscation Prohibition Amendment
    • 09/06/06 Cluster Munitions Amendment
    • 07/11/06 USEMA Amendment
      Things Clinton voted for that Obama voted against
    • None

    Conclusions

    Honestly, I was pretty surprised, and it may have changed my mind about who I vote for. Unfortunately no issues about tech were put in play while Obama was in the Senate (that they disagreed on), so I might actually have to look at what he "says" about that.

    It would be nice if someone (maybe eventually me), went through each of the issues they voted differently on to see if the bill passed and who was voting along party lines.

    P.S.: In Washington State, the primaries are on February 19th. You can find more information on Washington's state website. Information about registration can be found here.