GEORGE W. BUSH (R) Governor of Texas
Provide $1.3 trillion in tax relief over 10 years. Cut all income-
tax rates. Abolish estate tax. Double the child tax credit. Expand
charitable deductions. Keep Internet sales tax-free through 2006.
Work with allies to deal with the "challenges" of China and
Russia. Favors China's entry into World Trade Organization. Opposes
Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, but would keep nuclear-test
moratorium. For free trade, including a new hemisphere-wide deal.
Develop and deploy missile defense, while reducing the number of
US nuclear arms. Focus military on ability to win wars. Shift
toward new-generation weaponry.
Crime and Guns
Protect constitutional gun rights. Background checks at gun shows
if they are instant. Raise to 21 the minimum age to buy a handgun.
Strictly enforce US gun laws. Overall crime policy: tough
enforcement; coordinated national and local policing. Supports
No racial preferences; favors "affirma-tive access" (e.g., admit
top performers of each high school class to college). No civil
union for homosexuals. Keep "don't ask, don't tell" policy in
Environment and Energy
Prefers market-based incentives for pollution prevention and
cleanup; shift some environmental authority to states and cities.
Open part of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil exploration.
Invest in "clean coal" technologies.
Ban corporate and union "soft money" contributions to political
parties. Allow "issue ads" by advocacy groups. Favors "paycheck
protection" law to give union members a say in political use of
AL GORE (D) Vice president
Add some $500 billion in tax credits over 10 years for earned
income, child care, healthcare, education. Exempt more small
businesses and family farms from estate tax. Keep Internet tax-
Deepen alliances and engage "former enemies," including China and
Russia. Supports China's entry in WTO. Combat emerging threats:
ecological disruption, epidemics, drugs. For Comprehensive Test Ban
Treaty. For free trade - with protection for environment and labor.
Develop missile defense, but deployment depends on impact on arms
control and overall security. More open to peacekeeping and
humanitarian missions abroad.
Crime and Guns
Step up gun control without affecting sporting uses. Mandate
three-day wait and photo ID for handgun purchases. Ban cheap
handguns. Do background checks at gun shows. …