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Presidential candidates’ records tell us the complete story

September 28, 2008

We are not persuaded that uncritical "bipartisanship" in Washington is good for Americans.

After all, there is a reason many countries with concern for freedom institutionalize the "loyal opposition" in national government.

Still, "bipartisanship" seems to have become a buzz-word in the presidential election campaign. Both Sen. John McCain and Sen. Barack Obama claim to be its champions.

An investigation by The Washington Times reveals that McCain, a Republican, has a record of bipartisanship. Since 2005, McCain has been chief sponsor of 82 bills in the Senate. Democrats have been co-sponsors on 55 percent of them.

During the same time period, Republicans were co-sponsors of bills on which Obama, a Democrat, was the lead sponsor just 13 percent of the time.

Clearly, McCain has been willing to work with anyone who shares his vision of changing Washington to serve Americans best. Obama, on the other hand, remains wedded to liberal ideas and his party.

If America wants to talk incessantly about bipartisanship, then the only option is to look at the records of McCain and Obama.

They speak for themselves.



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