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• George W. Bush
• John Kerry
• Ralph Nader
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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.
War in Iraq
Iraqi reconstruction
Middle East
Authorized war to oust Saddam Hussein regime
Initially opposed U.N. involvement; now warming to idea
Announced new policy of pre-emption in June 2002
More than $1 billion proposed for reconstruction
Co-sponsored "Road map" plan for peace process
Supported the war; later said Bush misled nation
Involve other nations more in Iraqi rebuilding, security
Denounces threat of pre-emption; would seek global consensus
Boost international efforts to secure peace, beat al Qaeda
Improve social, economic, political conditions in region
'Faulty and fabricated rationale' led to quagmire in Iraq
Replace U.S. troops with U.N. force, expedite Iraqi elections
For limiting force, says pre-emption violates international law
Wary of unrest, harm to Afghans, absence of U.S. exit policy
Sympathetic to Palestinians' plight; urges open, balanced dialogue
War in Iraq
Iraqi reconstruction
Pre-emption policy
Middle East
• 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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