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Republican Dick Cheney and Democrat Joseph Lieberman confronted each other Thursday night in their only vice presidential debate disagreeing pointedly but politely over taxes energy and military readinessThe vice presidential debate took place on October 062000 at at Centre College in Danville Ky The moderator is Bernad Shaw They covered the positions discussed in the presidential debate and introduced new ones as well the rights of homosexuals racial profiling and so on but its quite clear this campaign centers around four or five issues whats going to happen with a surplus how large is it whats going to happen with Social Security and public education Both men promised to remain positive as the debate opened referring to each other as Dick and Joe When Cheney joked I promise not to bring up your singing Both candidates are very good at debatesAs Bush and Gore did Tuesday night the vice presidential candidates sparred in detail over weighty economic questions ABORTION First up was taxes Cheney said Gores tax cut plan was targeted at too narrow a slice of the public Although Cheney said the Republican plan would provide relief to all taxpayers he did not respond specifically to Liebermans charge that Bushs plan was weighted toward the richest 1 percent of American taxpayers Lieberman restated one of the Gore campaigns key policy positions that not just Social Security but also the surplus in the Medicare trust fund would be protected in a lock box separate from the rest of the federal budget Playing off Gores description of his own plan as Social Security plus Lieberman labeled the Republican proposal Social Security minus The candidates discussion of abortion illustrated the extent to which they preferred to avoid sharp partisan attacks Until this campaign abortion has been a highly divisive wedge issue but Thursday the faced it
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