The second question is about the economy. How would you differ from your opponent on economic policy?
Obama: we must stop giving tax breaks to companies outsourcing jobs and end the Bush tax cuts to the rich. End income taxes on Social Security and insure our trade policies insure we don't have toys shipped here with lead paint. He also called for a "green economy" which would create new jobs.
He didn't mention affordable housing, predatory lending, regulation of the banking and mortgage industry, minimum wage or other economic proposals. He also mentioned, again, the influence of special interests in Washington.
Clinton: What would you do differently on day one from Obama? She also mentioned outsourcing and taxes. "We will have a different policy on trade." She means Bush though and not Obama. Has she forgotten the question?
She did mention the foreclosure crisis which he forgot. I'm still not hearing an answer to the question, what you do differently since you say you're ready on day one and he isn't? She's reviewing her policy but she's completely forgotten the question or she's deliberately ignoring it. This is interesting since this is her justification for continuing her campaign.
Next topic: immigration. Would you consider stopping raids on families where children are citizens whose parents are arrested? Clinton: 'We've seen instances where parents are detained and deported and their babies are left alone at home and uncared for. This isn't the America I know.' She called for comprehensive immigration reform.
Obama: "because it was used as a political football the bill didn't go anywhere." He then condemned the racist tone of the immigration debate. Kudos for that. He then attacked the companies exploiting the employers and called for a crackdown. He also said we need to fix the legal immigration system because it is also broken. Obama also brought up another key factor: we must work with Mexico so they can create jobs there lessening the pressure on illegal immigration here.
Next question: the border fence.
Clinton: Both Sen. Obama and I voted for that as part of the immigration debate. She is now calling this "a dumb way to protect our borders." She mentioned that the Univ. of Brownsville would have part of its campus cut off. We need to review this." Can you say flip flop? She didn't know any of this before she voted for this monstrosity?
Of course they're both guilty on this issue. It was too hot an issue at the time for the candidates to vote NO.
Obama: "This is an area where we agree. I will reverse this policy." Then, "I think the idea that we're going to deport 12 million people is ridiculous."