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What are some similarities and differences between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton?

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Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are both members of the Democratic party. They were both junior U.S. senators and both ran for president in the 2008 elections as candidates of the Democratic party.

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Barack Obama is a Christian by religion. Obama is a member of the United Church of Christ, and Clinton is also a Christian from the Methodist church. Both politicians support the path to legalization for illegal immigrants that includes learning English and paying fines. They also support toughening penalties for hiring illegal immigrants, and both of them voted for building a fence along the Mexican border.

Obama opposed the invasion of the military force and ended the military operations in Iraq. Clinton voted to authorize the military force in Iraq, but later opposed the troop increase and pushed for withdrawal of the troops from Iraq. She was in favor of the Iran agreement in which Obama promised to engage in but failed to deliver on the promise to meet with the Iranian president without preconditions after his election into the presidency.

Obama signed the 2010 overhaul bill that calls for patient protections such as providing coverage for pre-existing conditions and requiring all individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine. Clinton supports health insurance subsidized by employers and the government. Both Obama and Clinton support Roe V. Wade's stand on abortion, although Clinton opposes the Supreme court's decision to ban partial-birth abortions.

Obama and Clinton are both authors. Barrack went to Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School, while Clinton attended the Wellesley College, Yale University.

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