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A bad atmosphere – Fact file. September 24, 2008

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For those of you who like me (YES! I admit. I had no clue about politics, hate it and hate it more!!!) did not know anything about these people, here is a little compiled information.



Born : August 4, 1961

Birth place : Honolulu, Hawaii.

Alma Mater : Harvard Law School , Columbia University, Occidental College.

Greatest moral failure : During high school he used marijuana, cocaine, and alcohol.

Present Position : Junior United States Senator from Illinois and presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2008 general election.

State Legislator (Illinois) – 1997 to 2004

U.S. Senate campaign – 2004

U.S. Senator – January 4, 2005.

–> voted in favor of the Energy Policy Act of 2005.

–> defended the New Deal social welfare policies of Franklin D. Roosevelt and opposed Republican proposals to establish private accounts for Social Security in April 2005.

–> cosponsored the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act.

–> supported a related bill, the Secure Fence Act.

–> Lugar–Obama and Coburn–Obama Transparency Act.

–> introduced follow-up legislation: Strengthening Transparency and Accountability in Federal Spending Act of 2008.

–> introduced a corporate jet provision to the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act

–> introduced Deceptive Practices and Voter Intimidation Prevention Act.

–> introduced the Iraq War De-Escalation Act of 2007.

–> proposed a cap and trade auction system in Oct 2007.

–> sponsored an amendment to the Defense Authorization Act adding safeguards for personality disorder military discharges.

–> sponsored the Iran Sanctions Enabling Act.

–> co-sponsored legislation to reduce risks of nuclear terrorism.

–> sponsored a Senate amendment to the State Children’s Health Insurance Program providing one year of job protection for family members caring for soldiers with combat-related injuries.

–> encouraged Democrats to reach out to evangelicals and other religious groups.

–> supports legal abortion.

Feb 10, 2007 – announced his candidacy for President of the United States.


Top priorities –> ending the Iraq War, increasing energy independence, and providing universal health care.

–> ending development of new nuclear weapons.

–> reducing the current U.S. nuclear stockpile.

–> enacting a global ban on production of fissile material.

–> seeking negotiations with Russia in order to take ICBMs off high alert status.

–> universal health care in the U.S.

–> eliminate taxes for senior citizens with incomes of less than $50,000 a year.

–> repeal income tax cuts for those making over $250,000 as well as the capital gains and dividends tax cut.

–> close corporate tax loopholes.

–> lift the income cap on Social Security taxes.

–> restrict offshore tax havens.

–> simplify filing of income tax returns by pre-filling wage and bank information already collected by the IRS.

June 3, 2008 – passed the threshold to become the presumptive nominee.

Aug 23, 2008 – selected Delaware Sen. Joe Biden as his vice presidential running mate.

John Sidney McCain III –> Maverick Republican

Born : August 29, 1936

Birth Place: Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, Panama.

Alma Mater : United States Naval Academy.

Oct 26. 1967 : POW

Present Position : Senior United States Senator from Arizona and presidential nominee of the Republican Party in the 2008 presidential election.

1977 – Navy’s liaison to the U.S. Senate beginning through McCain.

April 1, 1981 – retired from the Navy as a captain.

1982 – ran as a Republican for an open seat in Arizona’s 1st congressional district.

1983 – opposed creation of a federal Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, active on Indian Affairs bills.

Jan. 1987 – Beginning of McCain’ Senate career.

–> one of the main authors of the 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.

–> strong supporter of the Gramm-Rudman legislation.

–> member of the 1991–1993 Senate Select Committee on POW/MIA Affairs.

–> Since Jan. 1993 – McCain has been Chairman of the International Republican Institute.

–> actively supported the Line Item Veto Act of 1996.

–> proposed legislation that would increase cigarette taxes.

–> co-sponsored the Aviation and Transportation Security Act that federalized airport security.

–> October 2002 : voted for the Iraq War Resolution

–> May 2006 : supported the Bush tax cut extension.

Greatest Legislative achievement: March 2002, McCain-Feingold passed in both Houses of Congress and was signed into law by President Bush.

Sept 27, 1999 – announced his candidacy for President.


–> “a fight to take our government back from the power brokers and special interests, and return it to the people and the noble cause of freedom it was created to serve”

–> strong supporter of the Bush administration’s position.

–> strongly supported the Iraq troop surge of 2007.

–> supported the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007.

October 2005 : introduced the McCain Detainee Amendment to the Defense Appropriations bill for 2005.

April 25, 2007 – John McCain formally announced his intention to run for President of the United States.

March 4, 2008 – McCain became the presumptive Republican nominee.

August 29, 2008 – Sarah Palin was revealed as McCain’s surprise choice for running mate. McCain chose Palin in part due to her potential to rally Christian conservatives behind his campaign.


–> advocated gun safety education for youth.

–> supports capital punishment.

–> supports allowing the discussion of creationism in public schools.

–> opposes same-sex marriage and supported a non-binding referendum for an Alaskan constitutional amendment to deny state health benefits to same-sex couples.

–> supports a constitutional amendment to make abortion illegal in all cases, including rape and incest, except if the life of the mother is endangered.

–> supports sex education in public schools.

–> supports preemptive military action in the face of an imminent threat, and supports U.S. military operations in Pakistan.

–> supports NATO membership for Ukraine and Georgia.

–> affirms that if Russia invaded a NATO treaty member the United States would meet its treaty obligations.




Now, what would are you going to do on Nov. 4th, 2008 – The Grand Election date which has been set..?! Who are you going to select? Why? Are you sure you are making the right choice?



1. yhen - September 24, 2008

abstain!!! hehehe juz kidding!

2. Giselle - September 24, 2008

NO! I agree. Thats all you could do! Anyway, since I have not even bothered to apply yet for a voters card, I’m happy!

3. Giselle - September 25, 2008

The moment Palin said that women are not going to have a choice about their own body, I was totally against her and you could say I kind of made up my mind that I was going with Obama!
I mean, it is upto the individual whether she wants to bring a new life or not. Situations have to be looked into. It is not as though pregnancy, childbirth and child rearing is such a cheap and inexpensive thing to do!!!

4. SanityFound - September 28, 2008

Great list of facts I feel like I semi know what is going on now!

5. Giselle - September 29, 2008

I guess in the sphere of politics it is always only a semi-knowledge that we poor public who are being victimized comes to know!!! Anyway, it is after this post that my interest was piqued as to whats happening in the politic part of the world..!!!

6. Who’ next??!! « Giselle’ Diary - November 17, 2008

[…] can get more info upon these candidates on https://4mgiselle.wordpress.com/2008/09/24/a-bad-atmosphere-fact-file/ So choose wisely. Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Work it baby…Rat-a-tat-tat, […]

7. BlooliDak - March 25, 2010

Just thought I should post a welcome message introducing myself. I write for the new United States Congress site.

I am very interested in everyones opinions on the site.

Giselle - June 2, 2010

Glad you dropped by.. Do visit again 🙂

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