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Barack Obama has written and co-sponsored more bills in three years than Hillary Clinton has in seven.

"On issue after issue that really were hard to explain or understand, you voted present . . . And anytime anyone raises that, there's always some kind of explanation."

"Congress just passed another huge, pork-filled spending bill. The Democrats allowed less than a day to read all 3,400 pages and stuffed it with nearly 10,000 earmarks costing about $10-billion dollars."

"McCain opposes repeal of the death tax."

"I'm the only person on this stage who has worked actively just last year passing, along with Russ Feingold, some of the toughest ethics reform since Watergate."

"Dodd brought both parties together to pass the Family and Medical Leave Act."

"He has never voted for a federal restriction on gun ownership."

"Congressman Paul introduces numerous pieces of substantive legislation each year, probably more than any single member of Congress."

"Dr. Paul never votes for legislation unless the proposed measure is expressly authorized by the Constitution."

"I would love to see us have in this country what I helped lead in Arkansas...Amendment 65 (which) says that we believe life begins at conception, and that we ought to do everything in the world possible to protect it until its natural conclusion."

Recent stories from Nell Benton
Manipulating the bill counts

A chain e-mail uses apples-to-oranges comparisons to assert that Obama is a more active senator than Clinton.

FACT SHEET: Clinton. Obama. Their bills.

We compare the legislative accomplishments of the Democratic candidates.

Obama's "present" tension

When he was in the Illinois state senate, Barack Obama sometimes voted to block bills without formally opposing them, which has raised questions of political expedience.

Barbers give Dodd a good cut

The barbers in the TV ads aren't real, but they're correct that Dodd was the prime sponsor of the Family and Medical Leave Act.

'Dr. No' sometimes votes yes

Ron Paul has the most libertarian voting record in the presidential field, but some of his claims about his record go too far.

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