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THE ISSUES / SOCIAL ISSUES
The Candidates:
• George W. Bush
• John Kerry
• Ralph Nader
• Third Parties
Showdown States:
The Conventions:
• Democratic
• Republican


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Editor's note: This chart features brief summaries of candidates' viewpoints on some issues, based on their statements and records. Most candidates have offered more comprehensive explanations of their positions on these and other issues. More information may be found on their campaign Web sites.
Abortion
Death penalty
Drug policy
Gun control
Education reform
Supreme Court
Opposes except cases of rape, incest or to save woman's life
Supports death penalty
Reduce illegal drug usage by 10 percent over two years
Protect gunmakers from lawsuits
Signed NCLB; federal budget has not fully funded legislation
Has cited Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia as model justices
Supports a woman's right to an abortion; planning resources
Opposes death penalty
More police; aggressively target traffickers; fund treatment
Close gun show loophole; require child safety locks
Bar vouchers; fully fund NCLB, special ed., school building
Appoint judges committed to law, civil and abortion rights
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Opposes death penalty; says it doesn't deter crime, has racial and class bias
End 'drug war,' legalize some drugs; calls drug abuse a health problem
Backs trigger locks, licensing of gun owners, bans in some cases
Bar vouchers, curb standardized testing push
No public position on justices
Abortion
Death penalty
Drug policy
Gun control
Education reform
Supreme Court
NOTE
• AG: Attorney General; ANWR: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; CAFÉ: Standards that provide tax and other incentives for consumers to purchase and alternative fuel vehicles; COPS: Community Oriented Policing Program; DOMA: Defense of Marriage Act; GLBT: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered; NCLB: No Child Left Behind; NMD: National Missile Defense.
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