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Presidential Election 2004 Have you ever tried asking ten different people whether they prefer chocolate or vanilla ice cream About half of the group myself included will probably ooh and aah over vanilla and lick their lips at the thought while the other half the chocoholics will not be able to comprehend how anyone could possibly choose vanilla over chocolate When I approached different people and asked their opinions regarding the presidential candidates I got a similar response Basically everyone had their own opinion and vehemently felt that they were correct For someone like me who has a hard time pretending to be interested in politics I found all the conflicting opinions quite confusing Lets try to make it simpler and discuss some of the basic differences between Bush and Kerry The first major difference between the two candidates is their completely different approaches to the culture war issues such as gay rights and abortion Since Bush is the more conservative of the two he supports the idea of non-discrimination against gays but opposes gay marriages and civil unions When it comes to abortion Bush is a pro-life advocate supporting laws which make it difficult to obtain an abortion Kerry on the other hand is more liberal in his views Like Bush he is against gay marriage however he does support civil unions Concerning abortion Kerry says that as a Catholic he personally is opposed to abortion but feels that he has no right to impose his beliefs onto others One of the privileges and responsibilities of the president is to nominate candidates for court positions The expectation is that Bush and Kerry are each likely to nominate quite different candidates for the position Bush a strict constructionist would try to find a judge who would interpret laws rather than make laws On the other hand Kerry the loose constructionist would look for someone to interpret the laws more liberally This is a second
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