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• Barack Obama understands that a go-it-alone approach to foreign policy makes us less safe. We cannot destroy international terrorist networks without the help of our allies. While John McCain seems to think President Bush’s strategy of blustering tough talk works, Obama will work with our allies and use strong, direct diplomacy to take out al Qaeda, contain Iran, and responsibly end the war in Iraq.

• The central component of Senator McCain’s economic plan is to give $300 billion more in tax cuts to big corporations and multimillionaires. Under his plan, Exxon Mobil—which recently reported the biggest profit in its history—would get $1.2 billion in tax breaks.

• Senator McCain talks about the importance of clean cars, but he’s voted again and again against renewable fuel standards and alternative energy incentives. He’s voted against biofuels, solar power, and wind power.

• John McCain’s embrace of President Bush’s failed economic policies shows that Barack Obama is the true fiscal conservative in this race. McCain is calling for tax cuts for the wealthy we do not need and cannot afford that will add trillions to the deficit. Obama’s plan will cut taxes for middle class and working families, while keeping the deficit in check.

• And Obama will provide a middle class tax cut of $1,000 per family. But McCain’s plan would leave 101 million households without direct relief—and those that are included would only receive $125 in the first year, compared to $1,000 under Obama’s plan.

• Obama will fast-track the development of American-made plug-in hybrids, putting one million of these cars on the road by 2015. He’ll set aggressive standards for fuel efficiency and the use of renewable energy, and match those standards with major investments in a clean energy economy—developing solar power, wind power, and the next generation of biofuels—and the technology to deploy them.

• Looking ahead, his plan will help America save more oil over the next ten years than we currently import form the Middle East and Venezuela, and he’ll create 5 million new jobs in the process.

• We need a President who sees government not as a tool to enrich friends and high-priced lobbyists, but as the defender of fairness and opportunity for every American. By refusing to take money from PACs and Washington lobbyists, we know that’s the kind of President Barack Obama will be. The unfortunate fact is, John McCain’s campaign is being run by Washington lobbyists and paid for with their money.

• Obama was proud to be a strong supporter of the bipartisan 21st Century GI Bill that was introduced by Senator Jim Webb and recently passed by Congress. This bill will provide every returning veteran with a real chance to afford a college education, and it won’t harm retention. Unfortunately, John McCain opposed the Webb G.I. Bill.

• Obama has also led the fight to provide better care our injured troops, helping pass legislation to improve the condition of troop housing at hospitals like Walter Reed, provide greater care to recovering service members, require the hiring of more caseworkers, and boost support for families caring for injured troops.

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