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Abortion
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Pro-life; no litmus test Cheney: Pro-life; few exceptions Browne: Pro-choice McCain: Pro-life
Gore: Strongly Pro-choice Lieberman: Pro-choice; parental consent OK Phillips: Ending innocent death come first Bradley: Strongly Pro-choice
Buchanan: Strongly pro-life Foster: Pro-life Hagelin: Feds out; no litmus test Keyes: Strongly pro-life
Nader: Let women decide LaDuke: Strongly pro-choice Smith: Strongly pro-life Dole: Pro-life; no litmus test

Budget & Economy
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Simplify & cut taxes Cheney: Balance budget; invest in Defense Browne: Cut budget by 50% McCain: Balance budget; Lockbox.
Gore: Fiscal discipline; cut waste Lieberman: Reduce debt; fund private R&D Phillips: Shrink budget; no compromises Bradley: Open markets; cut taxes
Buchanan: Balance budget; cut taxes Foster: Boom hasn't helped blacks Hagelin: Creativity fosters growth; recast GDP Keyes: Limit spending
Nader: Human economy is not booming LaDuke: Community over consumption Smith: Bal. budget; pay down debt Dole: More exports & private enterprise

China
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Compete with China; WTO OK Cheney: Arms to Taiwan; link MFN to rights Browne: De-link human rights McCain: Engage China; WTO OK
Gore: For MFN & WTO entry Lieberman: Monitor China within WTO Phillips: No MFN; China cheats Bradley: One China; defend Taiwan
Buchanan: Blockade China; no WTO Foster Hagelin: Full diplomatic relations Keyes: Safeguard Taiwan; abhor China
Nader: Link human rights LaDuke: Link human rights Smith: Confront China; no WTO Dole: Reform China; WTO OK

Civil Rights
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Anti-quota; anti-gay marriage Cheney: Some gay rights; fewer women's rights Browne: Anti-fed. intervention McCain: Anti-quota; for Flag protection
Gore: Pro-ADA & women’s rights Lieberman: For some gay rights & aff. Action Phillips: End affirmative action; follow God on gays Bradley: Pro-aff.action & racial unity
Buchanan: Anti-aff. action; anti-NEA Foster: Anti-gay; pro-Confederate flag Hagelin: No quotas; feds out of gay issues Keyes: Anti-gay rights & aff.action
Nader: Pro-gay; pro-privacy; pro-women LaDuke: Pro-equal rights;pro-aff. Action Smith: Anti-gay rights; pro-Flag protection Dole: Pro-women’s rights; anti-web-porn

Crime
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Death; 2 Strikes; less parole Cheney: Stricter penalties; death penalty Browne: End Drug War; no Death McCain: Death; more prisons; less parole
Gore: 3 Strikes; death; COPS Lieberman: More jails; victim's rights; death penalty Phillips: Fight crime locally; incl. Death penalty Bradley: Death; anti-terrorism
Buchanan: Less clemency; prompt death penalty Foster: Defend police Hagelin: Prevention & rehabilitation Keyes: Death; no hate crimes
Nader: Focus on prevention; no death penalty LaDuke: Focus on prevention; no death penalty Smith: Death; victim’s rights Dole: More police $

Defense
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: More engaged; rebuild Cheney: More funding; more SDI Browne: Less entangled; SDI; cut CIA McCain: More pay; SDI; more engaged
Gore: Build down nukes Lieberman: More $ for R&D; pro-SDI Phillips: More $; build SDI; less UN & NATO Bradley: Eliminate weapons; less $
Buchanan: More $; more pay; less entangled Foster: Sovereignty first Hagelin: Decrease military aid; maintain ABM Keyes: Less entangled;SDI; strike terrorists
Nader: Reduce weapons & overseas troops LaDuke: Demobilize Smith: SDI; find MIAs; more pay Dole: More $; SDI; more pay

Drugs
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: More education; more laws; abstinence Cheney: More involvement in Drug War Browne: Legalize drugs McCain: More border; more penalties
Gore: Keep Drug War; except medical pot Lieberman: More penalties Phillips: More border patrols Bradley: Less drug war $
Buchanan: Ban pot; close borders to drugs Foster: Close the borders Hagelin: Legalize for medicine; educate Keyes: More penalties
Nader: Stop prohibition LaDuke: Replace Drug War with treatment Smith: More penalties; stricter laws Dole: Reduce demand & supply

Education
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Local control; back to basics Cheney: Pro-standards; pro-prayer Browne: Remove govt from ed.; no school prayer McCain: More local; more testing; more prayer
Gore: Smaller classes; more programs & pay Lieberman: More standards; more funding Phillips: No federal education Bradley: National Service & Lifetime Education
Buchanan: Localize; end multiculturalism Foster: Immigrants out; multiculturalism out Hagelin: Develop mental potential Keyes: Abstinence ed. & school prayer
Nader: Invest in education; teach citizenship LaDuke: More funding; no English-only Smith: School prayer; close Ed Dept Dole: More pay; more charity; less rules

Environment
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Deregulate; voluntary cleanup Cheney: Pro-grazing; pro-hunting; drill ANWR Browne: Local; non-govt solutions McCain: End farm subsidies; expand CWA
Gore: Cut CO2; more parks; less cars Lieberman: Keep Kyoto; ANWR; CAA; not CAFE Phillips: No Kyoto; pro-property rights Bradley: Pro-gasohol; anti-pollution
Buchanan: Localize; lessTakings; end BLM Foster: Eliminate EPA Hagelin: Promote sustainability; no nukes Keyes: Exploit ANWR; end Kyoto & CAFE
Nader: More funds; more rules; less cars LaDuke: Common property for future generations Smith: No climate treaty; yes property rights Dole: More $ to farmers

Families & Children
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Abstinence; V-chip; tough laws Cheney: $ for pre-school; character ed. Browne: Lower taxes gives parents choices McCain: Labeling for parents
Gore: Protect kids from smut; drugs &tobacco Lieberman: Fight "anything goes" culture Phillips: Family first Bradley: Parents team with business & govt
Buchanan: Stop media pollution; teach values Foster: Immigration hurts children Hagelin Keyes: Moral breakdown of families
Nader: Corporate TV hurts kids LaDuke: Standard American family is a myth Smith: Tax & welfare policies for moral rebirth Dole: Protect kids from e-smut

Foreign Policy
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Befriend Americas; pressure Russia Cheney: Hard-line interventionist; anti-sanctions Browne: Anti-intervention; anti-aid McCain: Assertive multilateralism
Gore: Internationalist & intereventionist Lieberman: For NATO & IMF; anti-proliferation Phillips: End foreign aid Bradley: Lead world
Buchanan: End foreign entanglements Foster: Use military against immigrants Hagelin: Support abroad without arms Keyes: “Anti-China, Anti-UN”
Nader: Interventionist with support, not arms LaDuke: Social justice; not military aid Smith: Pro-US soveriegnty; link aid to reforms Dole: Lead world & push for reforms

Free Trade & Immigration
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: More trade; imm. maybe Cheney: Trade comes second to security Browne: Open trade; open imm. McCain: Open trade; open imm.
Gore: Open trade; open imm. Lieberman: For Fast Track; pro-immigration Phillips: Focus on sovereignty & tight borders Bradley: More trade orgs.
Buchanan: More tariffs; blockade imm. Foster: Restrict immigration Hagelin: More immigrants; balanced trade Keyes: More tariffs; imm. OK
Nader: Pro-immgrant; anti-globalization LaDuke: Opposes NAFTA & WTO Smith: Less imm. Dole: Open trade; more exports

Government Reform
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Limit terms & judges & lawsuits Cheney: Line Item Veto; BBA; more openness Browne: Abide by Constitution; close most agencies McCain: Anti-influence peddling
Gore: Reinvent Government Lieberman: No term limits; yes campaign reform Phillips: Close many agencies; including IRS Bradley: End PACs; reduce role of $
Buchanan: Limit feds & campaign $; pro-10th Am. Foster: Stop meddling; more parties Hagelin: Ban PACs; distribute power Keyes: Decrease campaign $; more disclosure
Nader: Remove corporate influences LaDuke: Pro-voter; anti-big-business Smith: End corp. subsidies; limit feds Dole: Pro-privatization; pro-10th Am.

Gun Control
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: More gun laws; more gun rights Cheney: Few restrictions if any Browne: Less gun laws McCain: More gun laws; more gun rights
Gore: More gun laws Lieberman: More gun restrictions Phillips: No restrictions Bradley: Many more gun laws
Buchanan: No more laws; more enforced Foster: Pro-2nd amendment Hagelin: More restrictions Keyes: No more laws; more morals
Nader: More restrictions; some bans LaDuke: Supports gun control Smith: Less gun laws Dole: Gun laws OK

Health Care
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Reform HMOs & Medicare Cheney: Limit federal role; Medicare Rx $ Browne: Govt our of health care McCain: Patient rights; limit HMOs
Gore: Incrementally insure 15 million Lieberman: Insurance for all; limit lawsuits Phillips: Feds out Bradley: Universal coverage; more Medicare $
Buchanan: Pay privately; abolish euthanasia Foster: Privatize Medicare Hagelin: Focus on prevention Keyes: No right-to-die; no health I.D.
Nader: Cradle-to-grave non-profit system LaDuke: Fund affordable heathcare Smith: Limit feds in health care Dole: Self-employed 100% tax deduction

Juvenile Crime
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Boot camps; tougher laws Cheney: Fight gangs; creative punishment Browne: Ending Drug War helps schools McCain: Blame the media
Gore: Tough laws with Second Chance Lieberman: Investigate causes; blame media Phillips: Stricter prosecution Bradley: No blaming parents; no Commandments
Buchanan: Blame Hollywood; bring back God Foster Hagelin: Focus on education Keyes: More God & morals in schools
Nader: Teach dispute resolution; blame media LaDuke: Teach dispute resolution Smith: More prosecution Dole: More school discipline

Kosovo
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Distrust Serbia Cheney: Opposed Bosnia intervention Browne: Intervention is unconstitutional McCain: War OK to establish US power
Gore: War OK to stop ethnic cleansing Lieberman: Support use of force Phillips: Out of Kosovo Bradley: No intervention; need exit strategy
Buchanan: No intervention; no vital interests Foster Hagelin: Troops out Keyes: Bad precedent; no intervention
Nader: Should have seen it; but force OK LaDuke Smith: No intervention; respect sovereignty Dole: War OK for national values

Principles & Values
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Compassionate conservatism Cheney: Hard-line conservative; but cooperative Browne: Individual liberty & personal responsiblity McCain: Set an example
Gore: Reinvent Govt Lieberman: Centrist "New Democrat" Phillips: Sitck to Biblical standards Bradley: Respect people of all races
Buchanan: Traditional Morality Foster: Defend family values Hagelin: Develop human potential Keyes: Unalienable rights under God
Nader: New Populism: power corrupts LaDuke: Spirituality guides political activism Smith: Main St. over Wall St. Dole: Rebirth of values

School Choice
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Try vouchers & charters Cheney: Parental choice Browne: Govt out of schools McCain: Vouchers for private & charters
Gore: No vouchers; keep public Lieberman: For charters; try vouchers Phillips: Parental control Bradley: Vouchers & school choice
Buchanan: Pro-voucher; charters; homeschool Foster: Government out of education Hagelin: Vouchers & charters Keyes: End public monopoly
Nader: Preserve public schools LaDuke: Choice within public schools Smith: Pro-local choice Dole: Vouchers for failing schools

Social Security
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Lockbox & privatize Cheney: Some privatization; end Earnings Test Browne: Privatize all aspects McCain: Lockbox & privatize
Gore: Protect Trust Fund & Medicare Lieberman: Some privatization; some reform Phillips: Privatize; restore Trust Fund Bradley: Separate Trust Fund
Buchanan: Privatize Medicare Foster: Transition to IRAs Hagelin: Invest some; Lock-box rest Keyes: Privatize; Lock-box
Nader: Against privatization LaDuke: Don't privatize Smith: Trust Fund off-budget Dole: More vesting

Tax Reform
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Simplify & reduce taxes Cheney: No tax increases; especially on oil Browne: Abolish IRS & income tax McCain: Simplify & reduce taxes
Gore: Reinvention & some cuts Lieberman: Cut taxes, but not too much Phillips: End income tax; estate tax; corp. tax Bradley: Pay debt before cuts
Buchanan: 16% flat tax; dump tax code Foster: End taxes on income, cap. gains, & death taxes Hagelin: 18% flat tax Keyes: Abolish IRS & income tax
Nader: Keep progressivity; raise corporate taxes LaDuke: Benefit poor over rich Smith: Overhaul tax code Dole: Cut taxes & unfunded mandates

Technology
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: No Y2K lawsuits Cheney: More R&D; less telecomm rules Browne: Govt out of Y2K; out of Microsoft McCain: No Internet tax; yes porn filters
Gore: Pro-V-Chip; Triana; Genome; Internet Lieberman: V-chip; e-government Phillips: Keep Internet free; keep tech in US Bradley: Deregulation & self-censorship
Buchanan: Microsoft went too far Foster Hagelin: Restrict media; maintain privacy Keyes
Nader: More open tech; anti-Microsoft LaDuke Smith: No Internet tax Dole: No Internet tax; yes porn filters

Welfare & Labor
For President For V.P. Third Party Withdrawn
Bush: Faith-based Armies of Compassion Cheney: Private provision; less WIC Browne: Replace welfare with private charity McCain: Pro workfare; pro block grants
Gore: Faith-based volunteerism Lieberman: Raise min.wage; more Enterprise Zones Phillips: End the welfare state Bradley: No workfare; no block grants
Buchanan: Pro-union; welfare by states Foster: Welfare destroys self-worth Hagelin: Empowerment Zones & black grants Keyes: Focus on family
Nader: Pro-union; anti-big business LaDuke: Focus on poor over corporations Smith: Workfare; vouchers; more charity Dole: Negotiate with Labor

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