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Candidates see 2 sides of same coin

Oct. 24, 2000

By NORA FROST

Reporter

With three debates out of the way and 14 days until the election, Jim Lehrer's recurring question still lingers in the air: What is the difference between the presidential candidates? Here is a run down of some of the issues dissected on CNN's election coverage available at www.cnn.com.

Abortion:

Gov. George W. Bush opposes abortion with the exception of incest, rape or to save the mother's life. He also supports parental consent.

Vice President Al Gore supports abortion and opposes parental consent.

Campaign reform:

Bush opposes publicly financed congressional and presidential campaigns. He supports 'soft money' bans from unions and corporations but not from individuals.

Gore supports the public financing of congressional and presidential campaigns. He supports 'soft money' bans from all sources, including individuals.

Economy:

Bush said he will veto any income tax increases and will eliminate the national debt by 2016.

Gore supports tax relief for stay-at-home parents and will eliminate the national debt by 2012.

Education:

Bush said the federal government should require states to set education standards and test each school every three years.

He supports providing additional college financial aid to high school students who take advanced courses in math and science.

Gore proposes the creation of a National Tuition Savings Program that would help families invest their money in a special trust which would help pay for tuition at universities outside their state.

He also proposes mandatory testing for new teachers and evaluations for licensed teachers.

Environment:

Bush opposes the Kyoto global warming agreement. He supports increased state control over environmental policies.

Gore supports the Kyoto global warming agreement. He supports expanding the Conservation Reserve Program.

For a complete breakdown of Bush's and Gore's views, see www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2000/resources/where.they.stand/