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The 2000 Presidential Election Essay

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The 2000 Presidential Election
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Democratic candidate Al Gore and Republican candidate George W. Bush have been in a too-close-to-call race for the presidency since the campaigning began. With the distinct differences of the candidates how could this be? Al Gore's position on the major issues, political experience, knowledge and America's economic growth and prosperous state in the last eight years should have the given Gore the winning votes. However, in Gore's campaign he focused largely on changing the qualities viewed by the public as negative to a positive view. He attempted to alter the perception of a stiff robot-like individual to a likeable guy, while George W. Bush tried to appear knowledgeable. The Gore campaign did not adequately portray the existing positive qualities to the American public, leaving the seat to the most likable candidate, as Charles McKain of San Diego states, "the differences between Gore and Bush will fade and people simply will reject Gore because the Texas Governor appears just eminently more likable." (Los Angeles Times)
The Gore campaign failed to make the issues the heart of the campaign. During the campaigning and debates the American public heard on many occasions "there is no difference" or "I agree with …" on the issues from both Al Gore and George Bush. The fact is that on many issues there are very clear and distinct differences between the candidates. Al Gore opposes a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion while George Bush supports a constitutional amendment to outlaw abortion. Al Gore supports the Employee Non- Discrimination Act and tougher hate crime legislation while George Bush opposes both. Al Gore supports the Kyoto global warming agreement and Bush opposes it. George Bush supports further development of charter schools by investing $300 million in a charter school homestead fund to provide $3 billion in loan guarantees to 200 new charter schools. Al Gore opposes the voucher system. (Al Gore) The difference of George W. Bush and Al Gore viewpoints on education was made clear in both commercials and during the debates. The Quinnipiac polls reported that the public opinion on which candidate would do a better job on education was fifty- three percent favored Gore as opposed to the thirty-seven percent favoring Bush. (Quinnipiac) This trend of Gore favorability followed on many of the issues that the American public viewed the candidates as holding opposite or very different views, with the exception of taxes. In addition, the next elected president expects to select three individuals to serve as judges, for their lifetime, in the Supreme Court. The choosing of Supreme Court judges makes the differences of the issues extremely significant to the American public since the Supreme Court may reflect the viewpoint held by the elected president for the next thirty years. Yet, this was not addressed in the campaigns and many of the Americans...

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