With every twist and turn in the prolonged "primary circus" grabbing media attention, critics have accused the 2008 campaign of being long on personality and short on policy debate. Here’s a look at the issues confronting the candidates and where they stand.


As his official Web site carefully states, Obama "understands that abortion is a divisive issue." But the site categorically states that the Democratic candidate is a "consistent champion" of reproductive choice.

Upholds the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case that legalized abortion in the USA.

Is committed to appointing judges who will not overturn Roe v Wade.


Has previously supported women’s reproductive choice, but has since backtracked. Believes the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade ruling that legalized abortion is a "flawed decision."

Promises to nominate judges "who understand that courts should not be in the business of legislating from the bench."

Running mate Sarah Palin has called herself "as pro-life as any candidate can be."