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Candidates  Vice Presidential Third Party Candidates   Withdrawn Candidates (click for pop-ups)
George W. Bush   Dick Cheney (GOP) Harry Browne (Libertarian) John McCain Bill Bradley
Al Gore Joe Lieberman (Dem.) John Hagelin (Natural Law) Steve Forbes Donald Trump
Pat Buchanan Ezola Foster (Reform) Howard Phillips (Constitution)   Gary Bauer Orrin Hatch
Ralph Nader Winona_LaDuke (Green)   David McReynolds (Socialist)   Bob Smith Elizabeth Dole
      Dan Quayle Lamar Alexander
      John Kasich Paul Wellstone
Al Gore on Principles & Values
Click here for 32 full quotes OR click here for 15 older headlines OR click here for 32 headlines about Medicare & Medicaid OR click here for Al Gore on other issues.
  • I have kept the faith, with family & in office. (Oct 17)
  • His experience in Vietnam & Congress qualifies him to lead. (Oct 17)
  • Campaign finance reform will help end cynicism in politics. (Oct 17)
  • Promises to get the big things right; sorry for exaggerating. (Oct 11)
  • Judge me on my experience and platform. (Oct 3)
  • Gore’s favorite things: Wheaties, Beatles, & kissing Tipper. (Sep 12)
  • Make history with fewer than 1 in 10 living in poverty. (Sep 6)
  • Agrees to further debates if Bush agrees to 3 main debates. (Sep 4)
  • Focus on “specifics” questions Bush & favors wonkishness. (Aug 22)
  • Populist tone to commitment to fight for the people. (Aug 20)
  • Running on his agenda of last quarter century. (Aug 13)
  • Challenges Bush to debate issues instead of personal attacks. (Aug 9)
  • Criticism with defense of Clinton served the public interest. (Jan 5)
  • Policies, not labels, define me. (Jan 5)
  • Working to improve things overcomes disillusionment. (Oct 1999)
  • Practical Idealism: centrist on most issues. (Jul 1999)
  • America’s mission: prove that freedom & diversity work. (Apr 1999)

    Campaign Themes

  • Top Ten rejected campaign slogans. (Sep 14)
  • Stand for the people and against special interests. (Jul 10)
  • Whose side are you on? The people’s or the powerful? (Jul 7)
  • Earth in the Balance is a call to action and hope. (Apr 23)
  • In Congress, called himself a “raging moderate”. (Mar 3)
  • Domestic priorities: schools, health, enviro, & Reinvention. (Dec 1999)
  • “Stay and fight!” invokes passion, loyalty, and purpose. (Oct 1999)
  • Four core principles of Reinventing Government. (Jun 1999)


  • The purpose of life is to glorify God. (Oct 23)
  • Abstinence Ed in the context of comprehensive Sex Ed. (Sep 22)
  • Voluntary school prayer is ok, if teachers aren’t involved. (Sep 12)
  • Lieberman’s morality & Jewishness makes him a bold pick. (Aug 8)
  • Born-again Baptist; serves God & obeys God’s will. (Mar 3)
  • Respect Constitution and others when affirming faith. (Jan 5)
  • Faith-based organizations replace govt programs. (May 1999)
David McReynolds on Principles & Values
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  • Widen the range of views by including Socialists. (Sep 1999)
  • Socialist Party stands for values beyond consumerism. (Sep 1999)
Dick Cheney on Principles & Values
Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for 1 older headlines OR click here for the Religion Selector OR click here for Dick Cheney on other issues.
  • The Joe who attends Hollywood fundraisers isn’t the old Joe. (Oct 5)
  • Media distracts public with focus on trivia. (Sep 13)
  • Personal charity is private and not a policy matter. (Sep 6)
  • Defends Halliburton’s success and retirement package. (Aug 25)
  • Cheney’s retirement package could be a conflict of interest. (Aug 12)
  • Praises Bush for decency, integrity, and honor. (Aug 3)
  • Opportunity to serve led to acceptance of nomination. (Aug 3)
  • Bush will restore decency & integrity to Oval Office. (Aug 2)
  • Would vote differently today on ERA, Head Start, not Mandela. (Jul 31)
  • One of the most conservative voting records in Congress. (Jul 26)
  • Voting record in Congress consistently conservative. (Jul 26)
  • Persuaded by Bush’s “unique vision” to be his V.P. (Jul 25)
  • Lynne Cheney fights political correctness. (Jul 25)
  • Accepts nomination help change tone in Washington. (Jul 25)
  • Exert leadership toward post-nuclear world. (Sep 1992)
  • Prosperity & security go hand in hand. (Sep 1992)
  • Constructive personal style belies hard-line voting. (Jan 1987)
  • Pragmatic conservation insider image in Congress. (Jan 1981)
Ezola Foster on Principles & Values
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  • Left Democrats & GOP because of differences of belief. (Aug 29)
  • In the race to win. (Aug 29)
  • Encourages attending John Birch chapter meetings. (Aug 29)
  • No rift in Reform Party; no change in platform. (Aug 29)
  • Worker’s Comp claim not based on real mental disorder. (Aug 24)
  • Foster was president of California John Birch Society. (Aug 14)
  • Calls black leaders “snake-oil peddlers”. (Aug 12)
  • Foster denies reports of divorce filing. (Aug 12)
  • Ran for office as both Democrat and Republican. (Aug 11)
  • Strongly defends “family values”. (Feb 14)
George W. Bush on Principles & Values
Click here for 46 full quotes OR click here for 33 older headlines OR click here for 36 headlines from Bush's book A Charge to Keep OR click here for George W. Bush on other issues.
  • Bush ended news conferences in Sept.; Gore now accessible. (Nov 2)
  • Promised 4 reforms in Texas; delivered all 4. (Oct 17)
  • Favorites: PB&J, tacos, Winston Churchill, kissing Laura. (Sep 27)
  • Not running for president on father’s name. (Sep 20)
  • Quit drinking when alcohol started to compete with family. (Sep 19)
  • “RATS” TV ad not an intentional subliminal message. (Sep 13)
  • No need to excuse Cheney from energy issues. (Aug 13)
  • My generation tested limits; now we’re coming home. (Aug 3)
  • Picked Cheney as a valuable partner and fully capable. (Jul 25)
  • Baseball is fun, politics is not. (Jun 5)
  • McCain didn’t change Bush’s opinions at all. (Mar 15)
  • Priorities: Reaganesque tax cuts; education & health reform. (Mar 2)
  • Challenges the orthodoxy but is still a devout conservative. (Oct 1999)
  • Bush’s centrism: free trade; private IRAs; no new taxes. (Jul 1999)
  • Government can create an environment for prosperity. (Jun 1999)
  • Match conservative minds with compassionate hearts. (Jun 1999)

    Campaign Themes

  • I trust the people, and Al Gore trusts Washington. (Oct 31)
  • Barnstorm for Reform: End D.C. cynicism & zero-sum politics. (Oct 24)
  • Blueprint for the Middle Class: from birth thru retirement. (Sep 17)
  • Real Plans for Real People: Bush promises honest talking. (Sep 8)
  • Now is the time to do the hard things. (Aug 21)
  • Calling everything “Risky Scheme” is politics of roadblocks. (Aug 3)
  • Theme: change how Washington works & restore moral purpose. (Jun 9)
  • Bush’s conservatism: local solutions within limited govt. (Dec 1999)
  • Government if necessary, not necessarily government. (Dec 1999)
  • “Compassionate conservatism” allows individual potential. (Mar 1999)
  • Prosperity with a purpose: Peaceful & prosperous future. (Mar 1999)

    Leadership Style

  • Reads people well; prefers one-on-one with legislators. (Oct 30)
  • A leader has vision, credibility, and loyalty to friends. (Oct 17)
  • End bickering in Washington to revive politics. (Oct 17)
  • Put U.S. interests first and execute goals with good team. (Oct 11)
  • The president must have credibility; Gore doesn’t. (Oct 11)
  • Leads by building consensus, not by following polls. (Oct 3)
  • End irresponsibility like ‘No controlling legal authority’. (Oct 3)
  • Uphold law of the land & the dignity of the office. (Aug 3)
  • Bush has “hands-off” style, says the test is good decisions. (Aug 2)
  • Surrounded by smart people, but he decides himself. (Aug 1)
  • Governs by outlining ideas & letting Legislature do details. (May 1999)


  • US chosen by God to be a model among nations. (Aug 29)
  • Talk at Bob Jones was a missed opportunity to speak out. (Mar 2)
  • Jesus is part of my life; but won’t exclude non-Christians. (Jan 6)
  • “A Charge to Keep,” hymn & painting, inspire Bush. (Dec 1999)
  • Charitable Choice has churches mentoring weflare clients. (Jun 1999)
  • Allow religious groups to address social ills. (Dec 1998)
  • Diminish role of govt as communities & churches take over. (Jul 1998)
  • Base “responsibility era” on Judeo-Christian values. (Apr 1998)
Harry Browne on Principles & Values
Click here for 19 full quotes OR click here for 5 older headlines OR click here for 43 headlines from Browne's book Why Government Doesn't Work OR click here for Harry Browne on other issues.
  • Libertarian issues have shifted Dems and Reps. (Sep 27)
  • Running to build Libertarian Party; not as “spoiler”. (Sep 27)
  • Top priorities: Pardon drug offenders; reduce regulations. (Sep 27)
  • Little difference between Dems & Reps; hopes to be spoiler. (Sep 18)
  • Libertarianism means freedom to live your own life. (Sep 9)
  • Libertarian principle: can’t solve social problems by force. (Sep 9)
  • Gradualism won’t work; do it all swiftly. (Sep 9)
  • Only a Libertarian is going to set you free. (Jul 3)
  • Libertarians lay out goals and let you plan your own life. (Jan 27)
  • Priorities: End income tax, drug war, & commercial meddling. (Jan 13)
  • Basic principle: Government needs to be smaller. (Aug 1999)
  • Young people are right to be scared of big government. (Jul 1999)
  • Morality governs personal behavior, not military action. (Jun 1999)
  • Individual liberty and responsibility on all issues. (Apr 1998)
  • Fiscally conservative and socially liberal...? (Apr 1998)
  • Replace the use of political force by reducing govt. (Nov 1997)
  • Shrink govt now; come up with non-govt solutions later. (Nov 1997)
  • Washington cannot be a source of moral leadership. (May 1996)
  • Government means use of force instead of persuasion. (Jul 1995)
Howard Phillips on Principles & Values
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  • Sovereignty reposes in God, not in man or the state. (Sep 20)
  • Christian liberty benefits even non-Christians. (Sep 20)
  • We are Constitutionalists, not Libertarians. (Jul 2)
  • Stick to biblical & constitutional standards. (Jan 13)
  • Christianity is the basis of our legal system. (Sep 1999)
  • Accountability to people and God. (Sep 1999)
  • Welcomes pro-family activists from GOP. (Sep 1999)
  • America has forgotten God. (Sep 1999)
  • Republicans are just as bad as Democrats. (May 1999)
  • Unity of purpose based on principle. (Nov 1993)
John Hagelin on Principles & Values
Click here for 10 full quotes OR click here for the Religion Selector OR click here for John Hagelin on other issues.
  • Prevention-oriented, scientifically proven solutions. (Sep 29)
  • Focus on being inclusive; not on divisive social issues. (Aug 11)
  • Alternative to Buchanan for Reform Party nomination. (Jul 7)
  • Platform basis is development of human potential. (Apr 1)
  • Decline of moral standards follow from breaking natural law. (Jan 13)
  • Priorities: health prevention; criminal rehabilitation. (Jan 13)
  • Preemption of third party ideas is desirable. (Nov 1999)
  • Natural Law candidates are not career politicians. (Nov 1999)
  • Broad-based platform, unlike other third parties. (Nov 1999)
  • Natural law of physical world applies to human society. (Sep 1999)
Joseph Lieberman on Principles & Values
Click here for 21 full quotes OR click here for 5 older headlines OR click here for 16 headlines from Lieberman's book In Praise of Public Life OR click here for Joseph Lieberman on other issues.
  • Bush lacks experience & isn’t ready; Gore has plenty & is. (Nov 1)
  • Will not drop out of Connecticut Senate race. (Oct 26)
  • Religion fills “vacuum of values” & provides common ground. (Oct 25)
  • I requested report, and I said “stop it” to Hollywood. (Oct 5)
  • Hollywood deserves reprimands at times, but not censorship. (Sep 19)
  • Advocates civil religion, not religiously based policy. (Sep 3)
  • Religion runs deep in US and is source of strength to people. (Aug 28)
  • Freedom OF religion, not freedom FROM religion. (Aug 28)
  • The next frontier is within us. (Aug 16)
  • Only in America. (Aug 16)
  • Christian right leaders call Lieberman an ally. (Aug 8)
  • With GOP on defense & social issues; with Dems on budget. (Aug 8)
  • Clinton’s affair was inappropriate, immoral, & harmful. (Aug 8)
  • Tries to strike balance between conservative and liberal. (Aug 8)
  • Accepts V.P. request; “walks the same path” as Gore. (Aug 7)
  • Personal faith is his basis for public service. (May 2)
  • Good laws protect us from private interests & profit. (May 2)
  • Legislating has become campaigning; wrong focus. (May 2)
  • Senate status: influential & non-partisan. (Jan 1)
  • Goal should be to protect nation, not punish Clinton. (Jan 1999)
  • President’s private conduct has public consequences. (Sep 1998)
Pat Buchanan on Principles & Values
Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for 8 headlines from Buchanan's debate with Nader OR click here for Pat Buchanan on other issues.
  • Bob Jones University unfairly portrayed in media. (Sep 18)
  • Original “America First” in 1940s to keep US out of WWII. (Oct 1999)
  • A patriot who calls himself a nationalist. (Sep 1999)
  • Traditional morality fights culture war against secularists. (Jun 1999)
  • Global Economy destroys US industry & US independence. (Mar 1999)
  • Return to Constitutionalism from Socialism. (Mar 1999)
  • Budget deficit replaced by moral deficit. (Mar 1999)
  • Clinton’s social agenda is neither American nor Godly. (Aug 1992)

    Reform Party

  • Conspiracy by two parties to deny letting Americans hear him. (Oct 1)
  • Buchanan chooses national co-chair as running mate. (Aug 11)
  • Reform Party will grow, and support will increase. (Aug 9)
  • Building populist, conservative, traditionalist Reform Party. (Aug 6)
  • Far right support for Buchanan has transformed Reform Party. (Jul 23)
  • Two Beltway parties for each others’ bidding. (May 30)
  • Suing FEC to include Reform Party in presidential debates. (May 30)
  • Reform Party offers different agenda & real change. (Dec 1999)
  • Leaving GOP elite, to take message to voters. (Oct 1999)
Ralph Nader on Principles & Values
Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for 9 older headlines OR click here for 13 headlines about Labor Policy OR click here for Ralph Nader on other issues.
  • Nader-Trader: Swap Gore vote with friend in non-swing state. (Oct 26)
  • Experience to run government comes from suing most agencies. (Oct 8)
  • Shift power from corporations to consumers. (Oct 8)
  • Attract new voters to build future party. (Oct 1)
  • Focus on broader distribution of power. (Aug 9)
  • Spoiled political system spawns spoiled candidates. (Jul 17)
  • Uses personal income as societal change agent. (Jun 18)
  • Opposes concentration of power & monied interests. (Mar 13)
  • Counter “democracy gap”: raise expectations in politics. (Feb 21)
  • New populism: citizen participation over commercialism. (Feb 21)
  • Expand agenda to voter, worker, consumer, shareholder. (Apr 1996)
  • Struggle against commercialism based on priceless things. (Oct 1994)
  • Sacrificed personal life because civic work is a joy. (Oct 1994)
  • Power corrupts, unless it fears loss of power. (Oct 1994)
  • Pushed consumer protection in “Nader’s Raiders”. (Feb 17)

    Green Party

  • Vote with your heart if your state is a foregone conclusion. (Nov 6)
  • Waited 16 years; Dems no different than GOP about power. (Nov 1)
  • Goal is 5% of vote, to qualify Greens as a recognized party. (Oct 25)
  • Tactical voting: if Gore leads your state by 9%, vote Nader. (Oct 23)
  • Vote conscience rather than choosing between drab and dreary. (Sep 21)
  • One purpose of campaign is moving Democrats Left. (Jul 23)
  • The DemRep duopoly obstructs citizenship. (Feb 21)
Winona LaDuke on Principles & Values
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  • Spirituality is basis and motivation for political activism. (Jun 25)
  • Endorses “Seventh Generation Amendment”. (Oct 1996)


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