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mastott     

I think you need to reexamin the positions of Gore.  
When Gore was a Tennessee Congressman he was against 
abortion.  When he runs for President he is now pro 
choice.  So how do you know for sure what his position 
is?  Time and again Gore has demonstrated his ability 
to pander to the popular position.  Remember his 
position on Elian Gonzales?  He agreed with Bush 
instead of his administrations position.  Why? Because 
he knew he needed Cuban expatriot votes to win 
Florida.  

Bush on the other hand carefully avoids the abortion 
issue.  Why? because he needs the votes of Republician 
pro choice moderates.  Confidentially, republicians 
have made clear that they cannot take an anti abortion 
position for fear of destroying the Republician 
Party.  

So their is no difference here.

Regarding the Supreme Court apointments, Gore voted 
for Scalia, one of the most consertative justices we 
have.  Thomas, another consertative justice,  was 
confirmed by a Democratic Senate when eleven 
democratic senators voted for him.  

Remember the Supreme court appointments must be 
approved by the Senate.  According to the news I have 
heard, republicians will have only a 1 or 2 vote 
majority.  If only two moderate republician senators 
don't follow their party, an extremely consertative 
appointment by Bush will probably not be approved by 
the Senate.  For Gore to appoint a liberal justice, it 
will have to be acceptable to at least a couple of 
moderate republicians.  So Gore won't be able to 
appoint liberal justices. Once again we end up with 
the status quo, in the middle.

Regarding the military.  Perhaps you didn't listen to 
the "debates" where both candidates proposed a strong 
military.  The difference between Bush and Gore is 
only a matter of degree.  Remember that both are 
beholden to the same contributors from the Military 
Industrial complex.  

So can you come up with any other position where their 
is a significant difference?  

Their are many very significant issues that neither 
Bush or Gore address.  But Nader does.  

As far as the tired "Nader is a spoiler" argument of 
the Democrats and encouraged and promoted by the press 
and all the talking heads, I've seen several articles 
so far that look at the Florida race and assume that 
all 90,000+ votes that Nader received would have gone 
for Gore.  The exit poll (I presume done by VNS and 
posted on the CNN.com web site  -- 
http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2000/epolls/FL/P000.html ) 
does not support this.

Florida exit poll question.  From Cnn.com

The Exit polls in Florida asked a question along the 
lines of "Who would you have voted for in a two-party 
race?"

The rows on the left list how people answered that 
question.  The columns across the top show how this 
breaks down by who the voters say they voted for.

Vote in Two-Way Race 
        
  Would have voted for:      Did actually vote for   
                           Gore  Bush  Buchanan  Nader 
Gore                  48%   97%    1%     0%      2% 
Bush                  48%    1%   96%     0%      2% 
Would Not Have Voted   2%    0%    0%     0%      0%  

Note the column on the right.  Of the people who 
answered that they'd have voted for Gore in a two-
person race, 2% were Nader voters.  Of the people who 
answered that they'd have voted for Bush, 2% were 
Nader voters.  It appears that the Nader vote in 
Florida would have split relatively evenly between the 
Gore and Bush campaigns.

BTW, the Nationwide numbers look like the following.

Vote in Two-Way Race 
                              Did actually vote for   
 Would have voted for:     Gore  Bush  Buchanan  Nader 
Gore                  48%   96%    1%     0%      2% 
Bush                  49%    2%   96%     0%      1% 
Would Not Have Voted   2%   23%   28%     9%     31% 

Chuck O'Neil
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