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About Dennis Kucinich:
Rep. Dennis Kucinich entered the race February 18, 2003, by filing papers to form a presidential exploratory committee. Kucinich, a four-term congressman from Cleveland, Ohio, is running on an unabashedly liberal platform. He remains in the race even though he has not won any state contests and Sen. John Kerry has amassed enough delegates for the Democratic nomination.
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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 policies; calls them essential
Gay marriage
Backs same-sex marriages, with all economic benefits
Gays in the military
End ban on openly gay, lesbian, bisexual individuals
Gay adoption
Adoption rights for all regardless of sexual orientation
Hate crime legislation
Against all bias; sponsored hate crimes legislation
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National Missile Defense
Opposed to missile shields, putting weapons in outer space
Increase size of Army
Create Department of Peace, avoid wars
Program budgets
Cut spending 15 percent, including NMD, F22s and V22s
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Drilling in ANWR
Opposes oil exploration in Arctic refuge
Alternative fuels
Research, invest in making mainstream renewable fuels
Energy policy
Expand public ownership of utilities, revise regulations
Gas mileage requirements
Supports efforts to reduce gasoline emissions
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Drug costs
Regulate drug prices, drug company profits
Medicare solvency
Preserve Medicare; get bulk discounts; target HMOs if needed
Prescription drugs benefit
Help seniors; keep prices low with stable, affordable drug benefits
Nationalized health care
A universal privately delivered, publicly financed system
Sue HMOs
Action against HMOs putting its profits ahead of patients
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Enemy combatants
Opposes Guantanamo detainment, secret military tribunals
Patriot Act
Opposes Patriot Act and violations of civil liberties
Immigration
Boost benefits; expedite refugees' entrance to U.S.
Intelligence agencies
Restrict surveillance of individuals; address Iraq questions
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War in Iraq
Opposed U.S.-led war from the outset
Iraqi reconstruction
Turn over control of Iraq rebuilding effort to the U.N.
Pre-emption policy
Rejects President Bush's "first strike" doctrine
Afghanistan
Opposed war in Afghanistan
Middle East
Emphasizes Palestinians right to self-determination
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Abortion
Supports a woman's right to an abortion
Death penalty
Opposes death penalty
Drug policy
Treat addiction as health issue; allow medical marijuana
Gun control
Co-sponsored bills on gun safety, Gun control enforcement
Education reform
Boost funding; grant incentives for poor to pursue education
Supreme Court
Open to nominating GLBT, pro-abortion individuals
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Social Security
Drop retirement age to 65; keep funds public off Wall St.
State fiscal crisis
Rescind tax cuts and give money, no-interest loans to states
Tax cuts
Repeal Bush tax cuts; increase corporate taxes
Budget deficits
Reverse trend of growing budget deficits
Job creation
$300 billion for infrastructure, tech jobs; rescind NAFTA
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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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