One of three people will be our next president - Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, or John McCain. I hope that person is Barack Obama. Here's why. Domestic Policy - All three candidates will expand the size and scope of the federal government. Sure, Obama will do so, but I don't think as much as Clinton(example: Obama does not support mandates in health care). Sure, McCain will do so less but, when taking other factors I will get to into account, Obama expanding the federal government, say, 25% to McCain's, say, 20% is not persuasive enough for me to support McCain. Social Policy - Yes, Obama and Clinton are liberal on social policy pretty much equally as far as I can tell. McCain may have some better rhetoric on some social issues but I do not see him mentioning them very much, if at all, during this fall's campaign and even less so if he is elected president. Also, social issues influence my voting less than they do probably most people who post on this board. There is simply nothing in my anticipation of what a McCain administration will be like to cause social issues to pull my vote to McCain, and social issues don't really differentiate Obama and Clinton. Foreign Policy - McCain is clearly the hawk among this trio. I do not want to see Iraq become another South Korea and McCain has said that we may have troops for a hundred years and that it would be fine with him. This is unacceptable policy to me. I also think that McCain would be more likely to be influenced by the neo-cons to keep up the saber rattling towards Iran and potentially start a war with Iran. Clinton supported the invasion of Iraq(as did I) and now wants an orderly withdrawal(as do I). However, she made the same mistake on the vote on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards(which I opposed) that can very easily result eventually in the Bush or a McCain administration attacking Iran. Obama was right to oppose the Iraq invasion from the start(as I wish I had) and opposed the vote on the Iranian Revolutionary Guards(as did I). Obama wrote what I found to be an excellent essay on his overall foreign policy in Foreign Affairs last year. To me, the clearest differentiation in these three candidates is on foreign policy and when all three areas are taken into account I arrive at hoping that Obama will be our next president. That does not mean that he will receive my vote in November. If Arkansas is a competitive state that will make my voting for him more likely. If Arkansas is non-competitive state then I may end up voting for the Libertarian Party candidate.