Vice-President Al Gore is one of three Democrat candidates for the 2000 presidential election. His policies and views often reflect those of a liberal politician, but in fact, his policies are just a reflection of the changing Democratic policies. From his stance on abortion, to his beliefs on the death penalty, the traditional Democratic views are apparent.
Gore led the fight in the Congress to stop the drug companies’ price gouging, and make generic drugs more available. As President, He plans to address issues like the Patients rights bill, that puts important medical descisions in the hands of the docotr, rather than the HMO’s.
He looks to protect Medicare, not abolish it, while adding prescription coverage to the program.
Gore supports cutting tax rates, something also Clinton promised, but found very difficult to do. He doesn’t support the replacement of the current tax structure with a flat income tax, therefore eliminating the entire income tax sytem. He opposes the national sales tax, and supports the a marriage penalty relief on the marriage tax by raising the standard deduction.
In a debate that included the other two Democratic candidates, Gore discussed his opinion on gays in the military. He believes that gays should have the right to openly serve in the military, he supports full disclosure of gays, and that “it’s a fundamental decency.” He later commented that when appointng Joint Chiefs of the military, he wouldn’t only choose those who supported his policy, but choose those who follow orders from the Commander-in-Chief, the President.
Gore cosponsored a bill that would create federal funding for campaigns in exchange for limits on campaign spending, and he still support that idea today. He supported the McCain-Feingold bill that would limit campaign spending and control special-interest influence in elections. As for PAC contributions (non-United States contributors),he does not except and contributionst that go above what is required by law. He has and would support banning or limiting PAC contributions as part of a comprehensive campaign finance reform package.
He supports a ban on soft money, as long as the Republican Party agrees as well.
Bill Bradley, the suposed “under-dog” in the race, is also a Democratic candidate with views that could be confused with those of a Liberal. He said that he will stay in the race as long as possible, no matter what the primaries say. He seems to match Gore in many ways, including issues and camaign money.
To battle our weak health care system, Bradley has proposes to many changes, and opportunities to provide for American society as a whole, no matter their coverage, age, health conditon, or financial status. He suggested allowing people to join the federal plan that covers members of Congress and federal employess if they aren’t happy with their current providers, subsidizing the poor, and partially subsidzing those with a middle income. He proposes personal income tax deductions for health care premiums, and guaranteed coverage for all children.
“Portable health care” will be available, so one had a provider even after losing their job. He plans to protect Medicare, and include a prescription plan for seniors, along with a home-care system. His plan will cost $55-65 billion dollars a year, and he believes “At a time of economic prosperity, no person should be forced to choose between the care they need, and the care they can afford.”
When it comes to taxes, Bradley plans to increase access to health insurance for all Americans by making health insurance premiums excludable from income, giving everyone a tax break similar to that provided to employers who provide insurance, work to simplify the tax code. He wants to eliminate all the loopholes that the wealthy slip through, that catch the middle class instead.
Like Gore, Bradley supports the right of gays to serve in the military. He supports the “don’t ask, don’t tell” legislation in place already, and points out that There have been gays in the military as long as there’s been a military. They’ve only had to hide”
Bradley does not support the use of “soft money”, and encourages the other candiates not to also. He proposed a plan that would restore trust in the Presidency. His plan included everything from free TV time for candidates, curbed issue ads, requiring of advocacy groups to diclose thir spending, to a study on the possibility to vote over the Internet. He believes a trust-worthy candidate should flash their ideas and aspirations, not the wieght of their wallets.
John McCain, the first Republican to be discussed in this paper, is very different from the Democrats we have just profiled. He is conservative, like most Republicans, yet expresses an urge for change in America.
McCain belives that it is necessary that the health care system is reformed to help uninsured Americans receive the access to quality health care they need. To do this he plans to make sure that all those who are eligible for pograms like Medicaid, are enrolled, work with all those invloved in the health care system (employers, providers, etc.) to increase the number and range of health care options, particulalry the poor and children, and reforming the entire systme to make it more affordable.
McCain has proposed some drastic changes in the tax system. They include dramatically increasing the number of taxpayers eligible for the lowest 15% tax bracket, eliminating the obscene penalty that increases taxes for couples who get married, and providing tax incentives to promote family saving and investment.
When it comes to the gays in the military issue, McCain says that he would make sure that a policy that’s working, and is working, and should work, is continued. He believes that when people like General Colin Powell and other most respected men in America come up with a policy that does work – it can have troubles with it, it may need some reviews or changes, fine tuning, and he’ll support such a thing. However, he will not change a policy that’s working. “Our military leaders are the ones whose advice we should rely on.”
McCain understands that soft money corrupts political ideals whether it comes from big business or from labor bosses and trial lawyers. The influence of money is corrupting candidates ability to address the problems that directly affect the lives of every American. Reform of the campaign financing laws is one the first changes McCain plans to address. He supports Legislative limits on campaign financing and the banning of soft-money donations.
The fourth candidate, the second Republican, is Alan Keyes. He is a conservative Republican with his Christian values and morals, turning this election very much into a character debate.
Keyes points out on his web site, that he does not support a federaly funded health program. He thinks the government should not “protect” us from the health care providers, but only make it easier to access it. He will make it his priority to fulfill his Constitutional role as chief executive so that the American regime of ordered liberty can flourish.
Keyes suports the elimination of the income tax, and replacing it with a national sales tax. He believes it would “rejuvenate independence and responsibility in our citizens.” He also supports limits on both tax revenue and borrowing, to discourage the Federal government from future excessive spending.
Keyes is very open on the discussion of gays in the military. He said at one debate that he does not support the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy because the military is supposed to be a straight (no pun intnended) forward institution, where when asked, the soldier tells, “get the truth, get honesty, get honor.” So in order for honor to be received, then gays should be forward about their sexuality. If that means bad morale, bad discipline, then the government should stand against it because its bad for the military in general. He supports the ban on gays in the military completely.
Keyes believes that when the government steps in with campaign finance reform it’s a total violation of our Constitutional rights. Keyes opposes Legislative limits on campaign financing, also opposes contributions from anyone but citizens with voting rights, he also opposes Banning soft-money donations.