Monday, September 8, 2008

A Tale of Two Websites

Researching these issues gave me a chance to dive into both the Obama and McCain campaign websites, and I found one thing fascinating. Both have a section called "Issues," but what's there (and not there) is very revealing about their priorities and perspectives. Many of the issues are similar (the economy, energy, homeland security, Iraq), but it's notable that Obama's site spells out his position and plan for these items that McCain does not address, like civil rights and disabilities.

Of course, it makes sense that the candidates may choose to categorize their issues differently. So while Obama has an explicit position on disabilities and autism, Sen. McCain's position on special needs must be in his education policy, right? Uh...no. Read it for yourself.

Maybe Gov. Palin will influence his policy position in this area. If Sen. McCain's education policy is revised to include a plan for expanding services to children with special needs, I'll be sure to let you know.

UPDATE: After I was unsuccessful finding an autism position with the campaign website's search function, I somehow unearthed this two-paragraph statement. Compared to Obama's position paper, it's light on specifics.
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