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The 2000 Presidential campaigns were a very close call according to the poles made by CNN with Gore in the lead at 43 percent and Bush with 42 percent. The main Presidential candidates were Vice President Al Gore representing the Democrats and the Governor of Texas, George W. Bush, representing the Republicans.
The candidates disagreed on some issues that included abortion, healthcare, and education. However, they did agree on some things but had very different methods on obtaining their goals. Abortion, for example, is one issue they viewed differently because Bush was pro-life and Gore was pro-choice. Healthcare was extremely important in this campaign because Gore wanted to help the elderly more, which was one of the main points of his campaign, and this ended up hurting Bush. The biggest issue happened to be education. Both wanted education to excel while they were President but had different ways of going about it.
When it came to the abortion issue, I thought it was the one that mainly pulled in the women’s’ votes. Gore supported abortion rights and Bush opposed them except in cases of rape, incest, or to save a women’s life. The Gore administration was better off on this one because Gore was for it and so were a lot of women. On the CBS news Bush stated, “He would support a Constitutional Amendment to ban abortion but wouldn’t push for one.” In relation to his statement Bush said, “I don’t believe there is enough public support for it.” A major issue that Gore had over Bush is that Bush opposed the FDA approval of the abortion pill, Mifeprex, while Gore believed the pill would be a better way to get an abortion done. Gore also opposed parental consent or notification which helped pull in many of the younger women’s votes. On the other hand, Bush was for parental consent that caused many of the parent population to be on his side.
Healthcare was a major issue concerning the elderly and was very helpful when it came to the swing states and whom they were going to vote for. For example, Washington was a swing state, in the past ten elections, five were for Republicans, and the other five were for the Democrats. It could have went either way but looked like it ended up in the favor of Gore.
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