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Monday, Jun. 30, 2003 at 12:03 AM
good quick summary
The following is taken from
agreement exists, I've omitted the issue to save space.
I've also omitted issues where one candidate has no stated position I could
even though this is a measure of a candidate's relative concern for and
familiarity with issues.
The main sources are the candidates' own websites, plus a whole lot of searching
I can't promise every detail is correct; this is one guy's best effort.
disclosure: I have several friends on the Kucinich campaign, and I supported him
when this started.
A few months ago, I was even going to join up, but since I'm in the media,
decided it was better to be independent.
I was also very interested in Dean for a while, around February and March, until
I decided to support Kucinich.
Make of that whatever you will.
Dean is basically a good guy, and if he's nominated I'll vote for him in a
It's just that it's simply not accurate to refer to him as a progressive
As he told Salon: "I
don't mind being characterized as 'liberal' -- I just don't happen to think it's
I'm also not saying that Kucinich's positions are the "right" ones on
I just personally agree with him on most of them, and I think other progressives
PS: I had not the slightest idea how many people would visit this page.
According to Memeufacture, a link here from TalkLeft quickly spread all over the
Thanks, cool, great -- but I'm not an expert, just a guy trying to figure this
I've tried to correct any mistakes brought to my attention, but I do make them.
Do your own research and thinking.
single-payer system, extending the successes of Medicare, financed by
a tax on employers lower than the current cost of private insurance
4-prong plan, extending multiple state and federal programs piecemeal,
combined with tax credits and incentives, all of which Dean claims is
more likely to become law, but still won't cover everyone
"extreme" crimes like terrorism or the killing of a police
officer, although critical of Bush administration's
"careless" approach to executions
Roe v. Wade
recently; now the only candidate pledging to make Roe v. Wade a
"litmus test" for appointing federal judges
refuses to make Roe v. Wade a litmus test for federal judges
Says we must
"take another look," but has "concerns" about some
candidate who personally voted against it
"parts," but also wants to expand intelligence agencies;
praises Russ Feingold as only Senator who opposed the act,
ignoring Kucinich's vocal House opposition, falsely implying no other
candidate opposed the Patriot Act
Full withdrawal, to
replace with fair trade; opposes "fast track" treatment of
any future trade legislation; personally marched in Seattle protests
Notes problems with
"free" trade, suggesting the need for inclusion of human
rights, environmental, and labor standards in trade agreements -- but
Wars" ballistic missile system
Would abolish; has
sponsored legislation banning weapons from space
Would cut only 1/8
of the funding, transferring it to international threat-reduction
Would cut Pentagon
programs which don't even work, like the V-22, F-22, and "Star
Wars," and demand accountability for over a trillion in
Disagrees with any
proposed Pentagon cutbacks, and advocates aggressive expansion of
intelligence, police, and special forces
A long-term goal,
but deficits may be necessary in the short run for economic and social
A main priority --
even equating it with social progress: "we cannot have social
justice without a sound fiscal foundation" -- describing himself
as "to the right of Bush" on the issue
gun control legislation, and sponsored a bill calling for child safety
devices on all new handguns
the gun show loophole, but opposes other new federal regulation;
considers guns a states' rights issue; an "A" rating from
NRA most of his career
although promises to abide by a proposed FDA evaluation
European-style treatment of addiction as a medical, not criminal
problem, with attendant reductions in crime and violence
National Governors Association position: more federal funding for all
aspects of the drug war; however, also speaks of drug use as a medical
problem, and has called the War on Drugs a failure; website and recent
speeches simply do not clarify what policies he would pursue, as far
as I can tell
Believes gay and
straight couples should be 100% equal before the law, including Social
Security and domestic-partner benefits; supports federal civil union
Signed a civil
union (not gay marriage) bill, but opposes similar national laws as a
states' rights issue
in solar, wind, ocean, and other clean energy; risked career to
prevent a power monopoly in Cleveland, saving taxpayers over 0
in alternative energy and energy efficiency; however, has
sided with Vermont state utilities on most issues
held local, state, and federal office for a total of 17 years. Four-term
member of Congress, since 1997. Currently chair of the Progressive
Caucus, largest Democratic caucus in Congress.
legislator, 1982-86; Lt. Governor, 1986-91; Governor, 1991-2002.
Former chair, National Governors Association.
from the beginning, has never wavered
before, although he told the L.A. Times in January that he
would support unilateral action if Iraq had WMDs; softened his
rhetoric again in March, once the war began, explaining in
conservative South Carolina, "it's hard to criticize the
President when you've got troops in the field... we all have got to
support the troops;" now again firmly opposed, and highly vocal
Lifelong member of
the working class. Grew up so poor that his family lived in a car more
than once. Currently a vegan.
upbringing. Speaks harshly about negative environmental impact of SUVs.
Drives an SUV (a Chevy Suburban).
Wellstone was a
proud member of the Progressive Caucus, which Kucinich leads
"democratic wing of the democratic party" line from
Wellstone after his death
late, in part because he was busy organizing anti-war voices in
had to sue to get Dean's 2002 schedule as Governor; Dean spent almost
all of the year out the state, and didn't want his constituents to
Ohio, 21 electoral
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