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The Candidates:
• George W. Bush
• John Kerry
• Ralph Nader
• Third Parties
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The Conventions:
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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.
Enemy combatants
Patriot Act
Intelligence agencies
Supports labeling of U.S. citizens as "enemy combatants"
Supports Patriot Act
Proposed increasing budget to enforce immigration laws
Homeland Security Dept. primary conduit of threat information
Against labeling U.S. citizens "enemy combatants"
Backs letting act expire without congressional approval
Speed immigration process; unite families; patrol borders
Reform domestic intelligence; start targeted alert system
End secret detentions, no tribunals for civilians
Repeal Patriot Act, restore and expand civil liberties
Offer worker permits, employee rights; opposes open borders
No public position on reform
Enemy combatants
Patriot Act
Intelligence agencies
• 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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