Saturday :: Oct 18, 2003

The Democratic Candidates: Where Do They Stand?


by Steve

We've heard a lot of back-and-forth amongst the candidates as to whether or not each has a policy or not on the major issues. Recently, John Kerry tagged Howard Dean for not clearly saying how he would have handled Saddam Hussein any differently than those in Congress did in voting for or against the war resolution last year. Dean and his supporters responded that Kerry's criticisms were worthless because Kerry has allegedly waffled on why he did vote for the resolution.

Actually, if you were to look at the candidates' websites on four issues, you would find that most of them in fact have laid out policy statements on those topics. As a service for those who are still window-shopping for a candidate, I have assembled the links to each candidate's position on the issues of Post War Iraq, Environmental Policy, Economic Policy, and Health Care, where available, so that you can see which candidate has a well-developed position on the matter and whether or not that position is close to yours. As you might guess, some of the candidates have good websites and links, and others need work and more detail. Wesley Clark is still developing his positions and as of early last week, I hadn't found enough detail at his site to include him. But take a look at this, and you be the judge.

Post War Iraq

Dean

Kerry

Edwards

Gephardt: No specific policy or page on this topic

Lieberman

Environmental Policy

Dean

Kerry

Edwards

Gephardt

Lieberman: Included partially in his May 7, 2003 Declaration of Energy Independence, and a summary of his record.

Economic Policy

Dean

Kerry

Edwards

Gephardt

Lieberman: In addition to a summary of his overall policy, he has a page dedicated to his recently-released tax plan , and a manufacturing policy.

Health Care

Dean

Kerry

Edwards

Gephardt

Lieberman

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