I've been a Ron Paul supporter.
But, since it is now mathematically impossible for Paul to get the presidential nomination, I need to be a realist with my vote. I've been looking closer at the likely candidates for weeks.
Today, the Statesman reveals that between likely leading candidates John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - only Obama offered a transportation plan. Obama has stated in debates that he would prefer to spend much less on nation building wars like Iraq and invest tax dollars into our infrastructure - which would improve our roads and boost the economy.
Clinton didn't respond to the Austin American Statesman reporters question about a transportation plan:
"Clinton's campaign, despite a couple of follow-up calls, never got back to me." Obama's campaign responded. The reporter says this about Obama:
"...he'll create a National Infrastructure Reinvestment Bank to put $60 billion into transportation over 10 years."And, when it comes to tolls, Obama would push for federal matching funds to reduce the need for toll roads, as stated in this KVUE video report by Elise Hu:
"A lot of states have toll roads, some don't, what I would have control over as president is making sure we have the infrastructure strategy that would rebuild roads and bridges and that would match local funds across the country," he said. Obama says increasing federal matching funds for infrastructure would ideally reduce the reliance on tolling roadways.I know that John McCain and Hillary Clinton both have a history of supporting NAFTA, which leads me to believe they would have no problem with the Trans Texas Corridor/Nafta Superhighway (TTC), and other business as usual special interest deals.
Canada has recently tried to slam Obama on NAFTA, and say he's a liar. It's all politics as the Canadian leadership wants NAFTA in place, and wants Clinton or McCain to win.
Obama is the only one of the three candidates that has refused to take money from lobbyists and PACs. Obama's grassroots background, and his call for the public to stay involved in their government is a refreshing change.