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Experience and Judgment: Experience and Judgment: Experience and Judgment:

• More years of elected experience than any other • More years of elected experience than any other • More years of elected experience than any other
Democratic candidate Democratic candidate Democratic candidate
• 8 years as Illinois State Senator; 4 years in U.S. • 8 years as Illinois State Senator; 4 years in U.S. • 8 years as Illinois State Senator; 4 years in U.S.
Senate Senate Senate
• Numerous significant bipartisan legislative • Numerous significant bipartisan legislative • Numerous significant bipartisan legislative
successes in both posts (see resources below) successes in both posts (see resources below) successes in both posts (see resources below)
• Opposed Iraq War from the start – when it had • Opposed Iraq War from the start – when it had • Opposed Iraq War from the start – when it had
massive support and during his U.S. Senate run massive support and during his U.S. Senate run massive support and during his U.S. Senate run
• Economic stimulus plan graded higher than any • Economic stimulus plan graded higher than any • Economic stimulus plan graded higher than any
other candidate, Democrat or Republican other candidate, Democrat or Republican other candidate, Democrat or Republican
(Washington Post) (Washington Post) (Washington Post)
• Constitutional law professor; civil rights lawyer; • Constitutional law professor; civil rights lawyer; • Constitutional law professor; civil rights lawyer;
Community organizer in South Chicago Community organizer in South Chicago Community organizer in South Chicago
• Upon graduating from Harvard Law as President • Upon graduating from Harvard Law as President • Upon graduating from Harvard Law as President
of Law Review, Obama chose public service over of Law Review, Obama chose public service over of Law Review, Obama chose public service over
personal gain personal gain personal gain

Electability and Inspiration: Electability and Inspiration: Electability and Inspiration:


• Consistently leads Democrats against • Consistently leads Democrats against • Consistently leads Democrats against
Republican frontrunner John McCain in match- Republican frontrunner John McCain in match- Republican frontrunner John McCain in match-
up polls up polls up polls
• Has inspired an unprecedented 300% increase • Has inspired an unprecedented 300% increase • Has inspired an unprecedented 300% increase
in young voter turnout in Iowa and 200% overall in young voter turnout in Iowa and 200% overall in young voter turnout in Iowa and 200% overall
voter turnout in South Carolina voter turnout in South Carolina voter turnout in South Carolina
• Consistently leads in favorability ratings among • Consistently leads in favorability ratings among • Consistently leads in favorability ratings among
all candidates and is polled as most likely all candidates and is polled as most likely all candidates and is polled as most likely
candidate to deliver on promise of change candidate to deliver on promise of change candidate to deliver on promise of change
• Has won or come in at a very close 2nd in every • Has won or come in at a very close 2nd in every • Has won or come in at a very close 2nd in every
early voting state, across all demographics early voting state, across all demographics early voting state, across all demographics
• Has consistently led in youth and first-time • Has consistently led in youth and first-time • Has consistently led in youth and first-time
voters in every early voting state voters in every early voting state voters in every early voting state

Truthfulness: Truthfulness: Truthfulness:


• Sponsored sweeping ethics reform legislation in • Sponsored sweeping ethics reform legislation in • Sponsored sweeping ethics reform legislation in
U.S. Senate and Illinois state Senate U.S. Senate and Illinois state Senate U.S. Senate and Illinois state Senate
• Has waged a consistently honest campaign • Has waged a consistently honest campaign • Has waged a consistently honest campaign
• Does not accept PAC or federal lobbyist • Does not accept PAC or federal lobbyist • Does not accept PAC or federal lobbyist
contributions contributions contributions

Resources Resources Resources


Detailed policy proposals at: Detailed policy proposals at: Detailed policy proposals at:
www.barackobama.com/issues www.barackobama.com/issues www.barackobama.com/issues

Hearing something negative? Get the facts at: Hearing something negative? Get the facts at: Hearing something negative? Get the facts at:
factcheck.barackobama.com factcheck.barackobama.com factcheck.barackobama.com

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