SOURCE: The Constitutional Sources Project

September 16, 2008 15:17 ET

The Constitutional Sources Project Identifies McCain and Obama's Top 10 Constitution and Founders' Quotes

Top 10 Lists Show Contrasting Views of the Constitution and Founders

WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - September 16, 2008) - In commemoration of the 221st anniversary of the signing of the Constitution tomorrow, The Constitutional Sources Project, creator of, the only free, fully-indexed online library of Constitutional sources, today identifies the Top 10 Constitution and Founders' Quotes for presidential candidates Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. The Top 10 lists reflect each candidate's priorities and contrasting interpretation of the Constitution.

The Constitutional Sources Project created each list from the candidates' references to the Constitution or the Founders in past speeches and priorities as listed on campaign websites. Senator McCain's campaign approved his Top 10 List while Senator Obama's campaign was unable to comment.

"These Top 10 lists demonstrate that no one party or candidate owns the Constitution or the Founders," said Lorianne Updike, President and Executive Director of The Constitutional Sources Project. "The Founders just speak to us a little differently."

In their Top 10 lists, the candidates share common ground on treatment of veterans. Both have quoted George Washington in his admonition to treat veterans well: "[T]he willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation."

Yet in other areas, their interpretation of the Constitution and the Founders differs greatly.

To view the full Top 10 Constitution and Founders' Quotes for both candidates, click here:

About The Constitutional Sources Project

The Constitutional Sources Project has created®, the free online library of the Founders' constitutional documents. Since its public launch last Constitution Day, September 17, 2007, ConSource has attracted over one million unique visitors, including sixth graders in Alaska studying American History to Supreme Court justices reviewing whether individuals have a constitutional right to bear arms. Current collections include James Madison's handwritten notes of the Constitutional Convention, the Federalist Papers, the Anti and Pro-Federalist Papers, state ratification debates for seven states, the Bill of Rights' legislative history, the papers of George Washington, pre-1787 state constitutions, charters, and bills of rights, and constitutional precedents. ConSource will eventually contain texts and images for all constitutional sources from Antiquity to 1992 when the 27th Amendment was passed.

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