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Who do you support for president?

Do you know where the candidates for President stand on the issues? Explore the chart below to discover what John McCain and Barack Obama think about major social and political issues. Then, test your knowledge of the candidates and their positions with the Where the Candidates Stand guessing game.


Voted for the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. NCLB requires public schools to achieve certain test standards before receiving federal dollars. Wants to reward top teachers with bonuses and supports using federal money to build new virtual schools.

Wants to reform the NCLB Act. Like McCain, would reward high-achieving teachers. Would make science and math top educational priorities. Proposes increasing the number of children who are eligible for early-childhood education programs.


Voted in favor of using military force in Iraq. Backed President Bush’s veto of a war-spending bill that called for pulling most U.S. troops out of Iraq by March 2008. Supported last year’s increase of American troops in Iraq.

Opposed the 2003 military invasion of Iraq. Voted for a war-spending bill that would have withdrawn most U.S. troops from Iraq by March 2008. Opposed Bush’s plan to increase troops in Iraq. Supports removing most American troops from Iraq by the summer of 2010.


I introduced legislation last year that was aimed at significantly reducing the country’s greenhouse gases. Most scientists believe that greenhouse gases are responsible for global warming. Supports the use of alternative energy sources, and nuclear energy.

Supports reducing greenhouse gases like McCain. Wants to make the U.S. a global leader in fighting climate change by creating an international global warming partnership. Would reward forest owners, farmers, and ranchers who plant trees and restore grasslands.


Wants to reform health care to make insurance more affordable for individuals and families. Would offer tax credits to help Americans pay for health insurance. Proposes lowering the cost of drugs and expanding community health care centers.

Would create a national health insurance program that would cover uninsured individuals. The program would require that all children be covered and would permit young people under the age of 25 to be covered under their parents’ plans. Would fund program by eliminating Bush tax cuts for people who earn more than $250,000 a year.


Proposes strengthening our nation’s military power by increasing the number of U.S. troops. Would advance military training, weapons, and technologies. Would create national missile defenses to protect America from missile attacks.

Introduced legislation that would require U.S. chemical plants to improve security. Would appoint a senior official in charge of domestic intelligence gathering. Would provide better technical assistance for local and state first responders and expand funding for communications systems.


Co-sponsored immigration reform legislation that would have enhanced border security technology and provided a legal way for some illegal immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens. Supported building a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.

Supported immigration reform legislation that would have enhanced border security technology and allowed some illegal immigrants to eventually become U.S. citizens legally. Voted in favor of constructing a 700-mile fence along the U.S.-Mexican border.


Would allow families affected by the current housing crisis to trade their existing mortgages for more affordable loans. Supports tax cuts for middle-class families and corporations. Vows to eliminate wasteful government spending.

Would provide tax relief for working families, middle class Americans, and senior citizens. Would address current housing crisis by creating a fund aimed at helping families refinance their mortgages or sell their homes.