| Massscorecard.org excerpts: (click on issues for details)
Al Gore: Ban partial-birth abortions, except for maternal health.
Al Gore: No litmus test; but appointees would uphold Roe v. Wade.
George W. Bush: Ban partial-birth abortions, and reduce abortions overall.
George W. Bush: No litmus test; just strict constructionist interpretation.
George W. Bush: Accepts FDA approval of RU-486 but concerned about overuse.
George W. Bush: Find common ground where good people disagree.
Budget & Economy|
George W. Bush: Claim of Gore’s 20,000 new bureaucrats is unlikely.
George W. Bush: Claim of 1/4 for important projects is overestimate.
Al Gore: Surest way to bust economy is Bush’s tax cuts.
Al Gore: After 8 years of prosperity, “you ain’t seen nothing yet.”.
Al Gore: Prosperity results from current policy plus entrepreneurship.
George W. Bush: Prosperity results from entrepreneurship & ingenuity.
George W. Bush: Surest way to bust economy is Gore’s enlarged government.
Al Gore: Investment in public education; with testing & local control.
Al Gore: Vouchers cause public schools to have 9:30 lunch & no desks.
George W. Bush: Federal role is funding & accountability; local innovation.
Energy & Oil|
Al Gore: Drilling ANWR too high a price for a few months of oil.
Al Gore: Tax incentives for development of renewable energy.
George W. Bush: Replenish energy supplies with new domestic coal & pipelines.
George W. Bush: Better to drill ANWR than import oil from Saddam Hussein.
George W. Bush: Vital interests: US or allies threatened; we can win & exit.
Al Gore: Supreme Court should interpret Constitution.
Al Gore: McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform will be first bill.
Al Gore: Decreased fed workforce by 300,000; won’t increase by 20,000.
Al Gore: Use historic surplus to balance budget and help middle class.
George W. Bush: Gore plan will lead to massive government and bureaucracy.
George W. Bush: Strict constructionists on Supreme Court; not activists.
George W. Bush: Ban soft money, but no public financing of elections.
Al Gore: Claims of Bush’s choices & benefits are underestimated.
George W. Bush: Claims of immediate help are only true for poorer families.
Al Gore: Medicare Rx plan: you choose, Medicare pays.
Al Gore: Put Medicare in lockbox so seniors can afford prescriptions.
George W. Bush: Gore’s plan is “Mediscare”; hasn’t helped for 8 years.
George W. Bush: Medicare Rx plan: immediate help, then senior choice.
Al Gore: US military is best in history of the world.
George W. Bush: Be world’s peacemaker instead of world’s policeman.
George W. Bush: Rebuild military so it can fulfill mission to prevent war.
Principles & Values|
Al Gore: Judge me on my experience and platform.
George W. Bush: Leads by building consensus, not by following polls.
George W. Bush: End irresponsibility like ‘No controlling legal authority’.
Al Gore: Bush’s “Social Security Minus” diverts $1 from every $6.
George W. Bush: Young workers want to invest some Social Security money.
George W. Bush: Gore’s plan requires taxes: “Social Security Plus Huge Debt”.
Al Gore: Claim that every family is eligible for tax cut is unlikely.
Al Gore: Claim that Bush benefits “top 1%” only true with estate tax.
Al Gore: Cut taxes for 99% of middle class, not the wealthiest 1%.
George W. Bush: Clinton/Gore couldn’t deliver on 1992 tax cuts.
George W. Bush: All Americans deserve tax relief; no more “fuzzy numbers”.
War & Peace|
Al Gore: Russians won’t ask Milosevic to step down.
Al Gore: Will decide about Milosevic based on 24 years of experience.
Al Gore: US must support Serbia in kicking out Milosevic.
George W. Bush: Let Russians convince Milosevic to step down.