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« on: Aug 11, 2008 11:49 PM »

By  Ayman Qenawi, IOL Staff

WASHINGTON — Like every other cross section of society, American Muslims are weighting their best choice for the Oval Office, judging rivals Barak Obama and John McCain on a set of issues, mostly domestic.

"Right now I'm leaning towards Obama," says Taneeza Islam, a young American Muslim lawyer.

"Being an African-American male, he brings a perspective to politics that is inherently different from a Caucasian male perspective," she explains.

"His ideas of helping the poor, having some sort of universal health care, tax breaks for the middle class are very important to me."
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Republican Candidate


 John McCain

Senator, Arizona


Economy: Supports keeping taxes low and intends to make it more difficult for Congress to raise taxes in the future. Intends to use domestic oil and natural gas reserves as well as offering incentives to researchers and developers to find alternative energy resources to combat the high gas prices.

Position on Iraq: Favors more American troops to train Iraqi soldiers and to secure naval bases. Opposes withdrawal of troops from Iraq until it is secure and democratic. Supports promoting employment opportunities and securing the basic needs of the Iraqis as a part of the reconstruction effort.

Civil Liberties: Voted against the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act, which sought to restore the right of detainees held by the United States to have a judge decide on the constitutionality of their detention. Supports trying Guantanamo detainees under military commissions.Voted for granting immunity to telecommunication companies who share information with the Federal government under the revised Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) bill. Vowed that he would never issue a signing statement to modify laws passed by Congress because he believes the President is never above the law.

Foreign Policy: Seeks to defeat terrorists threatening America and Israel. Favors moving the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Aims to strengthen and enlarge the military to increase its capacity to continue its efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, to respond to threats from Iran and North Korea, and to challenge China and Russia. Intends to increase intelligence operations and strengthen international pressure on Iran and Syria. Believes reform in defense budgeting is necessary.

Healthcare: Supports market-based solutions to promote affordable, accessible healthcare. Endorses private medical savings accounts and long-term care tax deductibility. Plans to offer a refundable tax credit to those purchasing healthcare coverage independent of their employer. Promotes preventative medicine and research funding for chronic diseases to reduce healthcare costs.

Education: Backs school vouchers to provide parents with a choice as to where to enroll their children. Supports fostering quality education through teacher merit pay, rewards for well performing schools, and voluntary teacher testing. Stresses accountability, excellence, and choice in the education system.
Immigration: Believes in stronger border security and an employment verification system to deter illegal immigration. Gives no legal status for undocumented immigrants. Aims to assimilate immigrants to the United States with lessons in English, American history, and democracy.


Democratic Candidate


 Barack Obama

Senator, Illinois


Economy: Supports tax cuts for the middle and working class and simplifying the process for filing taxes. Intends to invest in alternative and renewable energy and to create five million new jobs in the clean energy market to combat rising energy costs.

Policy on Iraq: Supports the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and opposes establishing permanent military bases there. Favors increased Arab and international involvement and minimizing the American military presence in the fight against terrorism in Iraq. Envisions Iran and Syria as necessary partners to ensure Iraq's long term stability. Supports increased humanitarian aid for the reconstruction efforts in Iraq.

Civil Liberties: Cosponsored and voted in favor of the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act, which aimed to restore the right of detainees held by the United States to have a judge decide on the constitutionality of their detention.  Opposes trying Guantanamo detainees under military commissions. Opposes rendering detainees to countries where they will likely be tortured.  Cosponsored the End Racial Profiling Act of 2007. Voted for granting immunity to telecommunication companies who share information with the Federal government under the revised Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) bill.

Foreign Policy: Supports tough diplomacy with Iran. Seeks expansion of diplomatic efforts throughout the world and bipartisan solutions. Aspires to create a world free of nuclear weapons. Intends to expand the size of the military to reduce the current strain it is under. After saying at an American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference that he supported an ‘undivided' Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, Obama clarified his remarks by stating that final status issues, such as Jerusalem, need to be negotiated by the Palestinians and the Israelis and that by his comment he meant, "Jerusalem remains Israel's capital and it's not going to be divided by barbed wire and checkpoints as it was in 1948-1967."

Healthcare: Intends to provide affordable, accessible health care to everyone and proposes requiring all children to receive coverage. Aims to make denial of coverage due to a preexisting condition illegal. Supports allowing uninsured or unsatisfied people to obtain plans similar to those offered to members of Congress; buying into his proposed national plan would be optional. The plan would offer incentives for employer contributions to employee healthcare as well as incentives to healthcare providers to provide quality healthcare.

Education: Seeks to expand early childhood education and reform No Child Left Behind. Aims to attract high quality teachers through college scholarship incentives and to reward innovation in the school system. Proposes to increase summer learning opportunities and after school activities. Intends to offer a $4000 tax credit for higher education.
Immigration: Aims to increase border security and diminish incentives for illegal entry by more strictly enforcing employment laws. Proposes a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants without a criminal record who learn English and pay a fine. Intends to simplify the bureaucracy to make legal immigration more feasible.
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