Speaking to national audience, Obama said he voted against the war (or actually would have) and then voted to fund the war on several occasions when he actually could have voted against it.
Obama told the Sun-Times that Tony Rezko raised between $50,000-60,000 during his political campaign; however, $168,000 has been traced to the indicted businessman/associates.
Statements made regarding his real estate deals with lobbyist Tony Rezko, also his friend and fundraiser:
“I don’t recall exactly what our conversations were.” Chicago-Tribune, Nov. 1, 2006
Four days later he told the Chicago Sun-Times (Nov. 5, 2006), “. . .to the best of my recollection, I told him about the property. . . ”
Obama told one newspaper he knew Rezko was under investigation at the time he entered into a real estate deal with him. But the Washington Post said Obama told him he had no idea he knew of Rezko’s problems. ABC news found hundreds of stories in the Illinois newspaper about Rezko’s problems in the preceding 5 months before the real estate deal that there were issues with Rezko, including an editorial.
Last fall during a nationally televised presidential debate, Sen. Barack Obama hesitantly raised his hand and joined with most of his Democratic rivals to declare that he opposed decriminalizing marijuana.
But as a candidate for the U.S. Senate four years ago, Mr. Obama told Illinois college students that he supported eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use or possession, according to a videotape of a little noticed debate that was obtained by The Washington Times.
In a 2003 forum on health care, Mr. Obama said he supported the children of illegal aliens’ receiving the same benefits as citizens, “whether it’s medical, whether it’s in-state tuition.” Asked specifically whether he included “undocumented” people, Mr. Obama replied, “Absolutely.”
But in a CNN debate Jan. 21, when Mr. Obama was asked whether his health care proposal covers illegal aliens, he said “no” and that he first wants to cover the U.S. citizens and legal residents without health care.
In 2004, Mr. Obama told an audience at Southern Illinois University, “I think it’s time for us to end the embargo with Cuba. … It’s time for us to acknowledge that that particular policy has failed.”
However, he stopped short of calling for an end to the embargo in a Miami Herald op-ed in August. He said he would rely on diplomacy, with a message that if a post-Fidel Castro government made democratic changes, the U.S. “is prepared to take steps to normalize relations and ease the embargo.”
In an October 2003 NAACP debate, Mr. Obama said he would “vote to abolish” mandatory minimum sentences. “The mandatory minimums take too much discretion away from judges,” he said.
How much more do we need people?