AbortionAs 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.
AfghanistanProposes to send 2 additional brigades. Also proposes an additional $1 billion in nonmilitary assistance annually.
EconomyAs the financial crisis worsened in early Sept. 2008, polls showed McCain’s edge over Obama slipping as more Americans believed the Democratic candidate was better placed to handle the crisis.
Energy & EnvironmentInitially opposed lifting federal restrictions on offshore drilling, but has since backtracked. Now supports "a process that will allow us to make future drilling decisions based on science and fact."
Foreign PolicyPlatform based on "securing America and restoring America’s standing in the international community."
Guns/ Second AmendmentHas supported banning sale or transfer of semi automatic firearms, increasing state restrictions on purchase of firearms.
ImmigrationSupports "additional personnel, infrastructure and technology" on US border and ports of entry.
IraqOpposed "dumb" Iraq war. Opposed Bush’s troop "surge" strategy.
National SecurityProposes immediate closure of Guantanamo Bay detention center.
avortementHas 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."
AfghanistanProposes to send 3 additional brigades. Pledges to work on supporting local tribes in the Afghan-Pakistan border regions to fight the Taliban insurgency.
economieBefore the Lehmann Brothers collapse and the era of government bailouts, McCain declared he was "always for less regulation." But the Republican candidate has since backtracked, saying he now favours stricter regulations.
Energie et environnementFlip-flopped on offshore drilling for a while, now vigorously supports it and proposes incentives to states permitting offshore exploration.
Pol. etrangerePlatform based on preparing America to "prevail against any adversary on the field of battle" and "on the battleground of ideas."
Porte d'armeBelieves right of citizens to bear arms as enshrined in the Second Amendment of the US Constitution is "fundamental".
ImmigrationSupports tighter border security.
IrakVoted for 2003 Iraq invasion.
Securite nationleProposes immediate closure of Guantanamo Bay detention center.