2000 Gore v. Bush - 2000 Gore v. Bush Election A. Major...

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2000 Gore v. Bush Election A. Major Issues 1. Prescription Drug Coverage for Elderly- people were traveling to Canada for medication, so they addressed this problem during this time and turning down patients because their insurance companies would not pay for their treatment. 2. HMO’s & Patient rights- people who are getting turned down for not having insurance. Some people have died because they didn’t have money to go get checked out at the doctors. 3. Tax Cuts- we had a surplus in the economy during this time in the economy because in the last 2 years of the Clinton administration we had made more money than we had spent so that when the new administration came in we could give tax cuts based on that. 4. Social Security privatization- they wanted to privatize social security so that older people could choose to spend their retirement money on the stock market where they could make more money off of it by investing it. This way when they actually retired they would get more money back than if the government just held it for them. This was believed to work because the stock market always went up so it was a secure place to put your money. 5. Budget Proposition- the military budget was 240 billion dollars at the time so there were talks of cutting since the cold war was now also over. 6. Gun Control- should the U.S have more liberal gun laws or not? All states like West Virginia were not going to vote for a liberal like Gore who would take their right to posses arms. 7. Bush “Control” of Congress- Congress was Republican at the time and his dad had connections to a lot of Congress members who would lend their support for his son, Bush Senior was respected amongst many Congress members. B. Importance of the makeup of supreme court 5-4 (conservative majority ) - the next president elected would be able to nominate 2-3 new justices so this was an important election. C. Nominations- campaigns started in 1996-22 nd amendment impact- the 22 nd amendment Sais you cannot run for more than 2 4year terms. In 1996 Clinton defeated the Republican nominee so the party had wide open a spot for someone new to come in and challenge the Dems. D. Gore Surge- Issues, Strong economy, experience BUT “Clinton Fatigue” - Gore did not run under Clinton’s wing because he did not want to be associated with him since the Monica scandal had happened recently. He instead was a guy who thought he was his own man and did not need or want Clinton rallying up supporters for him or giving speeches for him. He said he would define his own successes. He also wanted to bring back a strong presidency like that of Reagan and he was trying to run more as a
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This note was uploaded on 11/10/2011 for the course POLISCI POS4014 taught by Professor Patsmith during the Fall '11 term at Broward College.

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