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The Electoral College In The United States

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Historical overview
As the first Democrat in nearly 20 years to hold the position, Bill Clinton saw a successful, yet embattled tenure in the office of the presidency. As he looked to pass the torch to his Vice President Albert Gore Jr, a virtually unchallenged bid in the Democratic primary, as he carried all of the delegates, with the stance and platform of being a more moderate alternative to the liberal Senator Bill Bradley of New Jersey. The Republican Party was locked in a more challenged series of primaries with the two frontrunners being Senator John McCain of Arizona, and Governor George W. Bush of Texas. The major third party candidates were consumer advocate of the Green Party Ralph Nader, and his running mate Winona LaDuke, as well as Reform Party candidate Pat Buchannan and his running mate Ezola B. Foster. The Reform Party ticket was not thought to gain any serious traction nationally, but the Green Party ticket was criticized by the left for taking liberal votes away from Gore.
After securing the nominations of their respective parties Bush and Gore did as all major Presidential candidates have done since Nixon and Kennedy; engage in a series of televised debates. It is important to note that Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden were not mentioned at all in the debates, but rather two well established platforms recited and reiterated by both tickets rather seamlessly. The Gore ticket emphasized a patient’s bill of rights, and reform of the HMO insurance policy as a stepping stone to a single-payer system or something comparable to the current health care law ( They also put emphasis on maintaining a tax structure similar to President Clinton’s. The idea was to take the approximate 1.6 trillion dollar budget surplus, give tax breaks to families earning under 100,000 dollars a year (tax breaks in total would equal 250 Billion through 2010), increase spending on education, and making Medicare solvent for 15 years while simultaneously paying down the national debt with an end goal of paying it in full by 2013(P. 22, New York Times, 2000). The Bush Platform included heavy tax cuts across all brackets that total 1.3 Trillion dollars by 2010, and estimated proposals for Health care that would later become Medicare Part D for 46 billion, education which would later become “No Child Left Behind” for 13 Billion, and 25 billion for defense (P.22, New York Times, 2000). Within the debates Gore bludgeoned Bush with critiques on his tax plan and healthcare plan saying that tax cuts should be for 99% of Americans and families earning under 100,000 dollars, not the top 1%, and that the major beneficiary of Bush’s Medicare expansion plan were not seniors, but major pharmaceutical companies (Gore, 2000). Bush held firm, and maintained the position that the income tax rate under Clinton was too high and that citizens, not the government should decide how they spend their hard earned wages, and that his healthcare plan would immediately...

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