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George W. Bush
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Befriend Americas; pressure Russia Gun Control: More gun laws; more gun rights Budget & Economy: Simplify & cut taxes Education: Local control; testing; vouchers
Defense: More engaged; rebuild Crime: Death; 2 Strikes; less parole Government Reform: Limit terms & judges & lawsuits School Choice: Try vouchers & charters
Kosovo: Distrust Serbia Juvenile Crime: Boot camps; tougher laws Tax Reform: Simplify & reduce taxes Welfare & Labor: Faith-based Armies of Compassion
China: Compete with China; WTO OK Drugs: More education; more laws; abstinence Social Security: Lockbox & privatize Health Care: Reform HMOs & Medicare
Free Trade & Immigration: More trade; imm. maybe Civil Rights: Anti-quota; anti-gay marriage Technology Abortion: Pro-life; no litmus test
Environment: Deregulate; voluntary cleanup Principles & Values: Compassionate conservatism Families & Children: Abstinence; V-chip; tough laws

Dick Cheney
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Hard-line interventionist; UN irrelevant Gun Control: Few restrictions if any Budget & Economy: Cut taxes; invest in Defense Education: Pro-standards; pro-prayer; school choice
Defense: More funding; more SDI Crime: Stricter penalties; death penalty Government Reform: Line Item Veto; less regulation School Choice: Parental choice
Kosovo: Opposed Bosnia intervention Juvenile Crime: Fight gangs; creative punishment Tax Reform: No tax increases; especially on oil Welfare & Labor: Private provision; less WIC
China: Arms to Taiwan; link MFN to rights Drugs: More involvement in Drug War Social Security: Some privatization; end Earnings Test Health Care: Limit federal role; limit lawsuits
Free Trade & Immigration: Trade comes second to security Civil Rights: Some gay rights; fewer women's rights Technology Abortion: Pro-life; pro-stem-cell
Environment: Pro-grazing; pro-hunting Principles & Values: Hard-line conservative; but cooperative Families & Children: $ for pre-school; character ed.

John Edwards
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Focus on open society Gun Control: 2nd Amendment with rules Budget & Economy: Roll back tax cuts Education: No vouchers; more teachers
Defense Crime: No 3 Strikes; death penalty ok Government Reform: Limit lobbyists; public cmpn finance School Choice
Kosovo Juvenile Crime Tax Reform: Repeal tax cuts for rich Welfare & Labor
China Drugs: Drug courts; reasonable sentences Social Security: Protect it; no diversions Health Care: Cover every child; anti-HMOs
Free Trade & Immigration Civil Rights: Aff. Action; no DOMA Technology Abortion: Right to choose; partial birth ok
Environment: No forest roads; reduce CO2 Principles & Values: Two Americas Families & Children: Help working parents

John Kerry
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Favor NATO; IMF; UN Gun Control: A hunter, but restrict gun rights Budget & Economy: Cut the deficit Education: No vouchers; charters ok
Defense Crime: No death penalty; no 3 strikes Government Reform: No PAC money; yes line-item veto School Choice
Kosovo Juvenile Crime Tax Reform: No tax cuts; add 10% bracket Welfare & Labor
China Drugs: Reduce demand; reduce penalties Social Security: Never privatize nor extend age Health Care: Control costs; cover everyone
Free Trade & Immigration Civil Rights: Federal DOMA but no state DOMAs Technology Abortion: No restrictions
Environment: No forest roads; no Yucca dump Principles & Values: Common sense values Families & Children: More $ for children programs

Ralph Nader
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Interventionist with support, not arms Gun Control: More restrictions; some bans Budget & Economy: Human economy is not booming Education: Invest in public education; teach citizenship
Defense: Reduce weapons & overseas troops Crime: Focus on prevention; no death penalty Government Reform: Remove corporate influences School Choice: Preserve public schools
Kosovo: Should have seen it; but force OK Juvenile Crime: Teach dispute resolution; blame media Tax Reform: Keep progressivity; raise corporate taxes Welfare & Labor: Pro-union; anti-big business
China: Link human rights Drugs: Stop prohibition Social Security: Against privatization Health Care: Cradle-to-grave non-profit system
Free Trade & Immigration: Pro-immgrant; anti-globalization Civil Rights: Pro-gay; pro-privacy; pro-women Technology Abortion: Let women decide
Environment: More funds; more rules Principles & Values: New Populism: power corrupts Families & Children: Corporate TV hurts kids

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Hillary Clinton
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Focus on peace Gun Control: More restrictions Budget & Economy: Balance budget; pay down debt Education: Support public schools; no vouchers
Defense Crime: Supports 3 Strikes; use DNA Government Reform: Soft-money ban; govt not solution School Choice: Vouchers siphon off public funds
Kosovo: Bomb Serbia Juvenile Crime Tax Reform: Say no to GOP tax cuts Welfare & Labor: Raise minimum wage
China Drugs: Treatment & drug courts Social Security: Preserve protections Health Care: Universal coverage
Free Trade & Immigration: Humanization plus globalization Civil Rights: Pro-gay rights & women's rights Technology Abortion: Safe, legal & rare
Environment: Fund EPA & clean air Principles & Values: New Democrat Families & Children: It takes a village to raise a child

Elizabeth Dole
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Lead world & push for reforms Gun Control: Gun laws OK Budget & Economy: More exports & private enterprise Education: More pay; less rules; vouchers
Defense: More $; SDI; more pay Crime: More police $ Government Reform: Pro-privatization; pro-10th Am. School Choice: Vouchers for failing schools
Kosovo: War OK for national values Juvenile Crime: More school discipline Tax Reform: Cut taxes & unfunded mandates Welfare & Labor: Negotiate with Labor
China Drugs: Reduce demand & supply Social Security: More vesting Health Care: Self-employed 100% tax deduction
Free Trade & Immigration: Open trade; more exports Civil Rights: Pro-women's rights; anti-web-porn Technology Abortion: Pro-life; no litmus test
Environment: More $ to farmers Principles & Values: Rebirth of values Families & Children: Protect kids from e-smut

Orrin Hatch
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Police Europe; not rest of world Gun Control: More gun laws; more enforced Budget & Economy: BBA; Tighten bankruptcy Education: Help infrastructure; vouchers
Defense: SDI; more pay; less base closings Crime: 3 Strikes; COPS; prosecute more Government Reform: Disclose everything; end judicial activism School Choice: Vouchers for poor schools
Kosovo: War OK to destroy Milosevic & army Juvenile Crime: Stricter laws; more media laws Tax Reform: Cut taxes Welfare & Labor: Workfare; lower min. wage
China: Deal with China; WTO OK Drugs: More penalties; more treatment Social Security: Lockbox & simplify Health Care: Supported Tobacco deal; & tax credits
Free Trade & Immigration: Anti-dumping; more INS Civil Rights: For flag protection & video ratings Technology Abortion: Pro-life; no litmus test
Environment: Market incentives Principles & Values: 23 years of bipartisan experience Families & Children: Fund Clubs; ban kids ads

Joseph Lieberman
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: For NATO & IMF; anti-proliferation Gun Control: More gun restrictions Budget & Economy: Reduce debt; fund private R&D Education: More standards; more funding; try vouchers
Defense: More $ for R&D; pro-SDI Crime: More jails; victim's rights; death penalty Government Reform: No term limits; yes campaign reform School Choice: For charters; try vouchers
Kosovo: Support use of force Juvenile Crime: Investigate causes; blame media Tax Reform: Cut taxes, but not too much Welfare & Labor: Raise min.wage; more Enterprise Zones
China: Monitor China within WTO Drugs: More penalties Social Security: Some privatization; some reform Health Care: Insurance for all; limit lawsuits
Free Trade & Immigration: For Fast Track; pro-immigration Civil Rights: For some gay rights & aff. Action Technology Abortion: Pro-choice; parental consent OK
Environment: Strengthen enviro enforcement Principles & Values: Centrist "New Democrat" Families & Children: Fight "anything goes" culture

John McCain
International IssuesDomestic IssuesEconomic IssuesSocial Issues
Foreign Policy: Assertive multilateralism Gun Control: More gun laws; more gun rights Budget & Economy: Balance budget; Lockbox. Education: More testing; more prayer; vouchers
Defense: More pay; SDI; more engaged Crime: Death; more prisons; less parole Government Reform: Anti-influence peddling School Choice: Vouchers for private & charters
Kosovo: War OK to establish US power Juvenile Crime: Blame the media Tax Reform: Simplify & reduce taxes Welfare & Labor: Pro workfare; pro block grants
China: Engage China; WTO OK Drugs: More border; more penalties Social Security: Lockbox & privatize Health Care: Patient rights; limit HMOs
Free Trade & Immigration: Open trade; open imm. Civil Rights: Anti-quota; for Flag protection Technology Abortion: Pro-life
Environment: End farm subsidies; expand CWA Principles & Values: Set an example Families & Children: Labeling for parents

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