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For the first time face to face the first debate of the 2000 presidential election was held at the campus of the University of Massachusetts For ninety minutes last night Democratic candidate Vice President Al Gore and Republican Candidate Governor of Texas George W Bush battled one another over tax cuts prescription drugs Social Security energy policy abortion and education On issues such as tax cuts the Vice President proposed a plan which cut taxes for middle class families balance budgets every year and pay down the national debt He accused the Governor of cutting taxes for only the wealthiest 1 of the population Gores plan was for every 1 given to things like education and health another 1 would be given for middle class tax cuts and for every dollar spent there 2 would be expended to bring down the national debt Gore felt that it was important to resist squandering the budget surplus He also felt the prosperity should be used to enrich families and help parents strengthen families making sure the schools they attended were safe and preventing exposure to cultural pollution Governor Bushs views on tax cuts differed His proposal was to put one half towards Social Security one fourth towards important projects and the remaining one fourth to the people who pay the bills Also accusing Gore of Medi Scare he said he would make sure all seniors have Medicare and a variety of options to choose from He also proposed a plan Immediate Helping Hand in which seniors could get immediate healthcare if they needed it Gore opposed his Medicare payment plan saying that it would fail to help seniors for the first four to five years and that Bushs plan spends more money on tax cuts for the wealthiest one percent than all the spending he proposes for education health care prescription drugs and national defense combined He also had much to
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