Presidential Elections

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Topic Question

Who should be the next President?

Potential Arguments, Structures, and Sources

Key Issues

Environment
Health Care
Iraq war
Energy (oil, sustainability)
Abortion and Gay rights
Education
Science (Stem cell...)
National Debt & Economic Policies
Border Issues/Illegal Immigrants


New resources that actually apply to our topic:

Status quo. For now, the major GOP presidential candidates are going no further than vowing to preserve the Bush tax cuts due to expire in 2010 despite the electoral success tax cutting has brought the party in the past. Rep. Paul Ryan, ranking minority member of the House Budget Committee, sees the same lack of enthusiasm on Capitol Hill and thinks he knows why it seems so widespread. "It's the political consultants in the party," he says. "They're the ones who are advising [Republicans] to run away from this issue." [1]

If so, then those consultants may merely be relaying what the polls are saying. They're hinting that America's great fever for lower taxes-ignited in 1978 with the passage of California's Proposition 13 and a successful push by Republican Rep. William Steiger to cut capital-gains taxes-has cooled. Recent polls of Americans' major concerns show taxes nowhere near the top. In a recent CNN/Opinion Research poll, taxes didn't rank as a pressing concern, with only 31 percent describing them as "extremely important" vs. 44 percent for healthcare policy. And a CBS poll found that Americans have a case of the blahs about the 2001 tax cuts, with 39 percent saying they should be made permanent and the same percentage in favor of allowing them to expire.

http://www.factcheck.org/ - Monitors the factual accuracy of what is said by major US political players in the form of TV ads, debates, speeches, interviews, and news releases.


http://www.ontheissues.org/default.htm - Shows the platforms for the '08 candidates.


http://www.politics2008.com/ Resources for Barack Obama, Rudy Giuliani, Hillary Clinton, etc. collection of non-partisan Election 2008 resources-- This site brings you the premier collection of political and election news, blogs, polls, and other election and candidate resources.


http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=5&hid=9&sid=be0648cc-606e-40ce-837b-863b422fefa6%40sessionmgr8 Candidates hope ideas strike chords This is an article that covers some main points of important candidate's platforms. The beginning stages of devolping ideas for election campaigns.


http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?index=0&did=1261039611&SrchMode=1&sid=1&Fmt=3&VInst=PROD&VType=PQD&RQT=309&VName=PQD&TS=1177876018&clientId=10553 [...] Clinton's advisers privately acknowledge that she is retooling her strategy on four fronts: intensifying her fund raising, emphasizing her experience and policy depth (she's counting on the upcoming debates to put those on display), pondering when and how to go on the offensive against Obama and dusting off the "two for the price of one" theme of her husband's 1992 campaign. Both Clintons have made the case to potential fund raisers that the U.S. will probably suffer a terrorist attack on the scale of 9/11 after the next President is sworn in--and that Hillary is the only Democratic candidate capable of handling such a crisis because of her Senate Armed Services Committee tenure and her years in the White House.


http://www.democrats.org/ The official democratic party website. Provides information on all candidates-- platforms, money, background, as well as other facts about the elections. Who are we kidding here? We're both raging liberals...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1495040/posts Hillary makes eyes at a perfect mate (Clinton/Obama 2008?) London Times ^ | Oct. 2, 2005 | Tony Allen-Mills

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/04/27/politics/main2734484.shtml Steady Clinton Handles A Lively Debate Vaughn Ververs: No One Made Crucial Errors In Entertaining Democratic Debate

http://proxy.foley.gonzaga.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=aph&AN=23895330&site=ehost-live he article discusses the Kyoto Protocol and U.S. president George W. Bush's hesitance to take actions to curb global warming. Climate science should inform economic activity, but there is a debate over the reduction of greenhouse gases, global commitment to resolve emissions problems, and fuel alternatives. Ethanol has the potential to replace oil imported from unstable countries, but forests might have to be felled in order to grow the corn to produce the ethanol.

John Edwards

Articles

EDWARDS MET WITH RAUCOUS APPLAUSE AT SEATTLE STOP

Edwards and populism

Issues

Environment

"Edwards exhorted the lawyers to join him in pushing America to address global problems more than he said Bush has" [2]

WHAT HE'S DONE: Criticized efforts to roll back the Clean Air Act, consistently opposed drilling in ANWR and supported legislation that would have reduced power-plant emissions.

WHAT HE'LL DO: Hopes to create 1 million new jobs by investing in a "new-energy economy" and has called for a climate treaty that would ask all nations--even developing ones--to reduce pollution.

HOW GREEN IS HE? His new mansion uses solar panels to heat water, he traded in his SUV for a hybrid Ford Escape and he's pledged to run a "carbon neutral" campaign. [3]

Iraq war

"If they've got the votes, they should override the veto. If they don't, they ought to do another bill funding the troops with a timetable for withdrawal and send it back. And if he vetoes that one, they ought to do it again. We have to stand our ground.

"This is not politics," Edwards said. "We have men and women dying in Iraq. Billions and billions of dollars have been spent there."[4]

Health Care

Free Health Care For All

Energy (oil, sustainability)

Abortion and Gay rights

Education

Science (Stem cell...)

National Debt & Economic Policies

Border Issues/Illegal Immigrants

Edwards says he believes illegal immigrants who have been in the USA for years should pay fines, be required to learn English and then be allowed to apply for citizenship. "It may not be the best thing to say politically," he acknowledges [5]

Hilary Clinton

Issues

Environment

WHAT SHE'S DONE: A member of the environment committee, she voted for a 2003 bill (and cosponsored McCain's bill this session) that would've capped greenhouse-gas emissions.

WHAT SHE'LL DO: Has proposed eliminating tax breaks for oil companies (and using that money to invest in alternative energy) and quadrupling the existing tax break for hybrid-car owners.

HOW GREEN IS SHE? The Clintons are redoing their entire home for maximum energy efficiency, hiring consultants to come up with greener lighting, heating and power-generation solutions. [6]

Iraq War

New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, who leads most national polls for the Democratic nomination, said she would not have voted in 2002 to authorize military action had she known what she does now.

"The real question before us is, 'What do we do now?'" Clinton said. "If this president does not get us out of Iraq, when I am president, I will." [7]

"But what Senator Clinton did not say was at as least as interesting as what she did say. And what she did not say was that she opposed the use opposed the use of force in Iran. To the contrary, Senator Clinton used virtually the same foundation as Vice President Cheney. When dealing with Iran, she insisted, "no option can be taken off the table." [8]

Health Care

Energy (oil, sustainability)

Revealing her feelings about capitalism's lifeblood, profits, Clinton said this about oil companies at February's Democratic National Committee retreat: "I want to take those profits, and I want to put them into a strategic energy fund." Note the action verb "take." Did she really say take? Go to YouTube.com, type in "Hillary on oil profits" and see for yourself. Scary. [9]

Abortion and Gay rights

Education

If elected president, the New York Democrat said she would work to revise the 2002 No Child Left Behind Act. [10]

Science (Stem cell...)

National Debt & Economic Policies

Tax Cuts: On taxes, Clinton had this to say: "Tax cuts are not the cure-all for everything that ails the American economy. . . . We need policies that only all of us acting together through our government can make to set the stage for future prosperity." [11]

Border Issues/Illegal Immigrants

Barack Obama

Issues

Environment

WHAT HE'S DONE: Cosponsored McCain's greenhouse-gas bill; introduced a bill giving tax breaks to gas stations selling alternative fuels; advocated an increase in fuel-economy standards.

WHAT HE'LL DO: Talks up clean-coal tech. Promises to up research funding for alternative-energy sources and push for plan to require the government to use either flex-fuel or hybrid vehicles.

HOW GREEN IS HE? Obama's campaign leases a flex-fuel GMC Yukon that can run on gasoline or an ethanol blend--though he admits that it's often hard to find ethanol in Chicago. [12]

Iraq War

"Senator Obama has called for "phased redeployment" of troops beginning no later than May 1" [13]

"Senator Obama said pretty much the same thing <wiki>[as Hilary said]</wiki>: the Iran regime was 'a threat to all of us,' and 'we should take no option off the table.'" [14]

Health Care

Energy (oil, sustainability)

Abortion and Gay rights

Education

Science (Stem cell...)

National Debt & Economic Policies

Border Issues/Illegal Immigrants

Rudy Giulliani

Issues

Environment

WHAT HE'S DONE: Pushed energy efficiency for public buildings in N.Y.C.; approved plan to convert city buses to run on natural gas; acquired and renovated more than 2,000 acres of parkland.

WHAT HE'LL DO: Plans to restore "conservation [as] a conservative virtue," but hasn't proposed any policy. Sees global warming as a threat, but warns against antibusiness policies.

HOW GREEN IS HE? His campaign declined to answer.[15]

Iraq War

Health Care

Energy (oil, sustainability)

Abortion and Gay rights

Back on abortion for Mr. Giuliani, whose pro-choice position on the subject has long been viewed as problematic for him in the Republican primaries.. Despite having just said that he would be “O.K.” with repealing Roe v. Wade, he said he would “respect a woman’s right” to have an abortion. He underscored that he hated abortion, encouraged adoptions over abortions when he was mayor, supported the ban on what opponents call partial-birth abortion, and supported the Hyde Amendment, against public funding of abortions. [16]

Education

Science (Stem cell...)

National Debt & Economic Policies

Border Issues/Illegal Immigrants

John McCain

Issues

Environment

HAT HE'S DONE: Has recently introduced a bill capping greenhouse-gas emissions, advocated alternative energy and repeatedly voted against efforts to drill for oil in federal parks.

WHAT HE'LL DO: McCain has promised to tackle global warming and plans to lay out a series of energy proposals in a major speech later this month.

HOW GREEN IS HE? According to his campaign, McCain recycles. He's also installed solar panels on his Arizona cabin and worked with the Audubon Society to reintroduce native plants.[17]

Iraq War

McCain has been critical of Bush's conduct of the war, but insists the president's new strategy of sending more troops to Baghdad should be given a chance to work. "We all know the war in Iraq has not gone well," he said. He argued that he believes the United States can still succeed in bringing democracy to Iraq and warned that the alternative could be "chaos and genocide." [18]

Bomb, bomb, bomb, bomb bomb Iran

Health Care

Energy (oil, sustainability)

On April 23, in another major address, McCain will call for an improved energy policy emphasizing market-based solutions. [19]

Abortion and Gay rights

Expand embryonic stem cell research. (Jun 2004) [20]

Education

Science (Stem cell...)

National Debt & Economic Policies

This week, he gives a speech on the economy-calling for tax cuts and spending restraint-to court fiscal conservatives. [21]

Border Issues/Illegal Immigrants

Mit Romney

Issues

Environment

WHAT HE'S DONE: Early on as governor, Romney told a polluting Salem power plant to clean up. But later he backed out of a regional pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

WHAT HE'LL DO: Plans to promote an environmental agenda friendly to economic development and address security concerns by pushing for cleaner domestic sources of energy.

HOW GREEN IS HE? Romney's campaign headquarters reduces energy usage by relying on more-energy-efficient light bulbs, mugs instead of disposable coffee cups and recycled paper. [22]


Iraq War

Health Care

Energy (oil, sustainability)

Abortion and Gay rights

Education

Science (Stem cell...)

National Debt & Economic Policies

Border Issues/Illegal Immigrants