Sizing Up The Candidates

B.E.'s primary guide reveals what you can expect from the Democratic agenda

invasion of Iraq.
On Rights and Justice: Dean opposes expansion of the Patriot Act, proposes federal legislation to restore the right to vote in any federal election for ex-felons, and seeks full voting representation in Congress for District of Columbia residents.

Most Recent Position: U.S. Senator from North Carolina, 1999 — present
Born: June 10, 1953, Seneca, South Carolina
Education: North Carolina State University, B.S., 1974; University of North Carolina, J.D., 1977.
On Jobs and the Economy: Edwards would postpone additional Bush tax breaks for families making more than $200,000, negotiate fair trade agreements, and provide a 10% tax cut to corporations that produce goods in the United States.
On Education: Edwards supports increased pay for teachers. He proposes providing states with funds to make the first year of tuition free at every public university and community college.
On Healthcare: Edwards proposes building a healthcare program where parents could use tax credits to help pay for private insurance.
On War: Edwards supported invading Iraq.
On Rights and Justice: Edwards supports a ban on racial profiling, backs affirmative action, and would safeguard organized labor.

Most Recent Position: U.S. Representative from Missouri, 1977 — present
Born: Jan. 31, 1941, St. Louis
Education: Northwestern University, B.S., 1962; University of Michigan, J.D., 1965
On Jobs and the Economy: Gephardt wants to implement the Apollo 21 energy plan, which would provide incentives to have passenger cars run on hybrid and fuel cell technologies. He wants a mandate calling for 10% of the nation’s energy to come from renewable sources in 10 years.
On Education: Gephardt will pursue a teacher corps based on the ROTC program to pay college loans for students who agree to serve as teachers for five years. He would make the first $10,000 of higher education costs tax-deductible.
On Healthcare: Gephardt supports health insurance coverage through the current employer-based system, with a targeted and refundable employer tax credit for employers.
On War: Gephardt supported invading Iraq.
On Rights and Justice: Gephardt backs affirmative action in college admissions.

Most Recent Position: U.S. Senator from Massachusetts, 1985 — present
Born: Dec. 11, 1943, Denver
Education: Yale University, B.A., 1966; Boston College, J.D., 1976
On Jobs and the Economy: Kerry opposes Bush’s tax breaks for Americans who earn more than $200,000. He wants to create jobs through infrastructure projects and expand the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) federal contracting program.
On Education: Kerry supports Head Start, school modernization bonds, full funding of special education programs, and increasing the maximum Pell Grant award. He opposes private school vouchers.
On Healthcare: Kerry supports a program that would allow Americans to buy into the same healthcare plan as the president and members of Congress while providing subsidies for those who can’t afford insurance.
On War: Kerry supported invading Iraq.
On Rights and Justice: Kerry opposes racial profiling and supports organized labor.

Most Recent Position: U.S. Representative from Ohio, 1997 — present
Born: Oct. 8, 1946, Cleveland
Education: Case Western Reserve University, B.A., M.A., 1973
On Jobs and the Economy: Kucinich opposes Bush’s tax cuts that benefit the wealthy and looks to retain an estate tax. He would use $500 billion of the revenues to rebuild

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  • Sefa

    Hello there!I worked on the Burris ciaapmgn when he ran against Daley for Mayor in 1995.Burris has always been a mainstay on the political scene in Illinois. He’s in his 71 but Vernon Jordan is in his 70s.Vernon is still at the forefront of the political action even while operating in the background of the Democratic Party.With black politicians, their advanced age is an asset because people realize that if they have been around THAT LONG on the political scene and there is no major scandal attached to thema and they have a proven track record of distinction and wise leadership, then they are credible to serve.It’s great to have the younger leaders but they haven’t been seasoned in the political fire. No one knows how they will handle themselves under REAL fire and through the maze of personal life challenges in the public eye. The “old timers” have proven that their image is not a PR-crafted one.The best part about Burris getting this seat with this scandal is that it brings more media attention to him.Obama wasn’t a household name until he showed up at the DNC to give a speech! Hardly anyone knew who he was. He had NO national media attention.Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!Lisa