- Immediate pullout from Iraq on taking office, one to two brigades a month. Opposed war from start.
- No permanent bases in Iraq but embassy presence and unspecified number of residual troops.
- Focus on Afghanistan and possibly Pakistan in combating terror.
- Opposed legislation labeling Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization, a move he viewed as a possibly prelude to military action. Believes diplomacy and economic sanctions are needed to address Iranian nuclear program. Has not ruled out military action.
- Supports Israel but has problems with that country's policy.
- Considers China a "competitor."
- Supports 6-way talks in North Korea.
Obama on Free Trade Issues
- Voted yes on Peru and Oman free trade pacts, but no on Central American pact.
- Supports reform of NAFTA.
- Insists on labor and human rights standards in China trade.
- Wants to reinvest in communities hit by outsourcing. Discourages outsourcing.
Obama on Immigration Issues
- Wants better patrolling of borders
- Supports welfare and Medicaid for immigrants.
- Wants undocumented immigrants to have opportunity to earn citizenship.
- Supports a guest worker program.
Obama on Civil Rights Issues
- Supports affirmative action.
- Opposes gay marriage; supports civil unions with full rights. Opposed constitutional ban on gay marriage.
- Wants to close Guantanamo and restore right of habeus corpus.
- Voted no on Patriot Act wiretapping.
- Voted yes on reauthorizing Patriot Act.
Obama on Job Issues
- Wants to end tax breaks for companies that outsource.
- Make miminum wage a living wage.
- Supports unions and organized labor.
- Does not believe tax cuts for rich create jobs.
- Has detailed plan for improving urban and rural development.
Obama on Healthcare Issues
- Supports "universal" health care system, but without automatic coverage.
- Wants U.S. to lead in global fight against AIDS.
- Has worked on reform of Medicare.
Obama on Environmental Issues
- Wants greater use of biofuels.
- Cut dependence on foreign oil.
- Open to liquid coal if it can be proven to be less polluting than petroleum.
- Open to nuclear power if issues of waste disposal, security, etc. can be managed.
- Supports significant reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.
For more, see Barack Obama on the Issues.