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About Bob Graham:
The Florida senator created an exploratory committee with the Federal Election Commission on February 27, 2003, and made an official announcement May 6. On October 6, 2003, Graham became the first Democratic hopeful to drop his presidential bid. Citing fund-raising difficulties, Graham told Larry King, "I'm leaving because I cannot be elected president of the United States." A moderate Democrat, Graham was on the short list for vice president in 2000. He was critical of the Bush administration's decision to go to war in Iraq, saying the administration was ignoring other critical national security threats.
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Editor's note: This chart features brief summaries of candidates' viewpoints on some issues, based on their statements and records. Most candidates have offered more comprehensive explanations of their positions on these and other issues. More information may be found on their campaign Web sites.
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Affirmative Action
Supports affirmative action programs
Gay marriage
Backs equal rights for same-sex couples; opposes marriage
Gays in the military
Opposes gays serving openly; says military must decide
Gay adoption
Base adoption on child's interests, not sexual orientation
Hate crime legislation
Expand hate crime legislation, extending it to GLBT
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National Missile Defense
Mixed voting record, but says it's a low priority
Increase size of Army
Supports allowing more foreign troops to serve in hotspots
Program budgets
Give troops more resources; maintain pay levels
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Drilling in ANWR
Opposes oil exploration in Arctic refuge, offshore drilling
Alternative fuels
Promotes clean, renewable fuel sources, especially ethanol
Energy policy
Backs cutting use, foreign dependence; upgrading power grid
Gas mileage requirements
Supports better fuel economy, ethanol, hydrogen cars
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Drug costs
Backed bringing low-cost, generic drugs to market faster
Medicare solvency
Would target fraud and abuse in Medicare, expand coverage
Prescription drugs benefit
Pushed universal benefit with no deductible, govt. co-pay
Nationalized health care
Backs multistep plan to extend govt. programs to uninsured
Sue HMOs
Offered compromise health plan that included right to sue
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Enemy combatants
No public position, but cites valuable intel from detainees
Patriot Act
Co-author of act; critical of civil liberties restrictions
Immigration
Curtail illegal immigration without hurting legal immigrants
Intelligence agencies
Would reform, strengthen agencies; publicize more info
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War in Iraq
Opposed war, saying it took attention from war on terror
Iraqi reconstruction
Would boost international role, institute Iraqi-led rule
Pre-emption policy
Favors pre-emptive strikes on terrorism-related targets
Afghanistan
Would focus attention, resources on al Qaeda in Afghanistan
Middle East
Would target Hamas, Hezbollah and, by connection, Syria
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Abortion
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Death penalty
Supports death penalty; pushed executing drug chiefs
Drug policy
Supported tougher ecstasy penalties; backs drug-control efforts
Gun control
Supports gun control measures; would close gun show loophole
Education reform
Would boost college aid, fund NCLB, ensure local flexibility
Supreme Court
Would promote gender, racial, ethnic diversity in courts
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Social Security
Opposes privatizing Social Security
State fiscal crisis
Would grant "serious assistance," boost national economy
Tax cuts
Favors middle-class cuts, child tax credit, married relief
Budget deficits
Favors balancing federal budget, reversing Bush policies
Job creation
Target tax cuts; push free trade; upgrade infrastructure
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NOTE
• AG: Attorney General; ANWR: Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; CAFÉ: Standards that provide tax and other incentives for consumers to purchase and alternative fuel vehicles; COPS: Community Oriented Policing Program; DOMA: Defense of Marriage Act; GLBT: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered; NCLB: No Child Left Behind; NMD: National Missile Defense.
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