Essay on Presidential Election 2000

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Presidential Election 2000


Presidential Campaign 2000



In the presidential campaign for the year 2000, there are a small number of men running
for the spot, and all these men have different opinions on different issues. In this
paper, some of the issues and opinions of Ralph Nader from the Green Party, Al Gore from
the Democratic Party and Republican George W. Bush have been highlighted.


To start off, the issue of Abortion is big these days. Do we let women do it or not?
Democratic Candidate Al Gore personally opposes abortion, but thinks that it is up to the
woman if she wants to abort her baby. Al Gore does not think that it is the governments
right to tell women what they can and cannot do about it. "You're not going to stop
abortions," Gore said.


Unlike Gore, Republican Candidate George W. Bush is pro life with the exception of baby by
rape, incest and the life of the mother. He has set the goal that all children should be
welcomed in life and protected by law. Bush supports efforts to increase adoptions and
opposes it and calls it "doctor assisted suicide". He believes the role of a doctor is to
relieve pain and suffering, not to end life.


Green Party Candidate Ralph Nader says that his run doesn't affect abortion rights, and
that "we should work toward preventing the necessity of abortion". He vaguely says that he
thinks that women should privately decide to use RU-486 if they want to and that the
government should not decide for them.


My view on abortion is that it is up to the mother whether she wants to do it or not. It
all depends on the situation. I think that if the baby is conceived due to rape or incest,
then it is ok to abort it, but if the baby is made due to carelessness, then it is the
parents' responsibility to take care of it. Adoption is always an option.


The next issue is gun control in the United States. Vice President Al Gore is for gun
control. He thinks that we should focus on gun safety, not hunters & sportsmen and that we
should restrict guns from wrong hands, not sportsmen & homeowners. He thinks that there
should be gun licensing by states, but no registration and that there should be no special
lawsuit protection for gun makers. Gore wants mandatory background checks before the gun
is sold and child safety locks. Gore agrees with Bush on banning weapons; but wants
registration. Gore also pushes for nationally mandated, state-run system of photo
licensing. Al Gore wants to maximize gun control within what's politically possible. He
voted against some gun limitations while in Congress in June of 1999. VP Gores supports
background checks at gun shows as well. He also supports the Brady Law and ban on assault
weapons.


As governor of Texas, Republican George W. Bush signed a law that allows carrying
concealed handguns for the first time in 125 years. He also signed a law that allows
people to carry concealed handguns in churches, amusement parks and nursing homes. The
president of the NRA (National Rifle Association) said "if we win, we'll have a president
where we work right out of their office." In a letter dated April 25, 1995, George W. Bush
stated "during my campaign for Governor of Texas, I made it clear I would sign legislation
allowing Texans who are properly licensed and trained to carry handguns." According to a
2000 report prepared by the Violence Policy Center, "License to Kill III: Texas Concealed
Handgun Law's Legacy of Crime and Violence", since the law took effect, concealed handgun
licensees in Texas have been arrested 3,370 times for crimes ranging from DWI to indecency
with a child to rape and murder. Two license holders have been convicted of murder while
23 have been charged with murder.


Ralph Nader wants gun control because he believes that guns are a safety factor, but they
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