Nick Jr.'s 2004 Election Guide

Find out where the candidates stand on issues important to families!

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John Kerry

  • Would add $10 billion a year to No Child Left Behind, hire 500,000 more teachers over the next four years, cut class sizes, offer 3.5 million children after-school programs, and issue $24.8 billion in school modernization bonds.
  • Supports public-school choice and charter schools.
  • Will give $5,000 pay increases to teachers in high-need areas, provide more training and career development, require tougher teacher-screening tests, and offer incentive pay to teachers who improve student achievement.
  • Wants continued expansion of preschool and early education through the Early Learning Opportunities Act of 2000.

  • George W. Bush

  • Supports the Reading First and Early Reading First programs, with the aim of all children reading by third grade.
  • No Child Left Behind sets standards for states to prove proficiency in math and reading and requires schools to measure progress individually, while helping improve schools not making the grade.
  • Intends to increase spending by 49 percent for reading and special-education programs in elementary and secondary schools between 2001 and 2005.
  • Proposed 2004 budget allows a school-choice program for 1,700 low-income students in Washington D.C.

  • George W. Bush

  • Would open new markets overseas and cut the tariffs that make American goods more expensive.
  • Calls for $23 billion for job training and employment-assistance programs and more than $500 million for Jobs for the 21st Century initiative--half of which would go to train workers for new jobs.
  • Points out that his tax plan allows families to keep more of what they earn, doubling the child credit to $1,000, and reducing the marriage penalty.

  • John Kerry

  • Proposes a tax cut for about 98% of Americans.
  • Would cut taxes for 99% of businesses that create jobs here and not overseas.
  • Advocates rescinding tax cuts to the wealthy, enforcing trade agreements, and creating 10 million new jobs.
  • Intends to cut the deficit in half within the first four years of his presidency.
  • Calls for increasing the Child Care Tax Credit, raising the federal minimum wage to $7, and capping spending in Washington.

  • John Kerry

  • Calls for forging better alliances with other countries to fight terrorism.
  • Would double the Special Forces, while reforming intelligence, particularly with technology, to crack down on terrorist funding, and to secure the homeland by tasking the National Guard with the job.
  • Would put another 40,000 soldiers on active duty, but not in Iraq, and work to make seaports, chemical and nuclear plants, trains, subways, airports, and borders more secure.
  • Plans to free America from Mideast-oil dependence and secure nuclear weapons and materials in the former Soviet Union.

  • George W. Bush

  • Advocates reliance on the USA Patriot Act to improve intelligence and law-enforcement efforts and the Terrorist-Threat Integration Center and Terrorist-Screening Center to improve the process of fielding threats.
  • Points to his creation of the Department of Homeland Security for streamlining security at the nation's borders, water supplies, power plants, bridges, subways, and seaports.
  • Intends to improve rail security using screening technologies and points out that 50,000 federal screeners have improved airport security.

  • John Kerry

  • Would lower prescription costs by allowing drugs in from Canada, overhauling the Medicare drug plan, and a stop blocking access to less expensive generic drugs.
  • Calls for lowering family health-insurance premiums by $1,000 a year and cut waste by addressing administrative expenses and paperwork.
  • Would employ targeted tax cuts to extend health-care coverage to 95% of Americans and children.

  • George W. Bush

  • Calls for Health Savings Account to give people with high-deductible health plans a tax-free savings account in which they'll have money saved for premiums and other health-care expenses.
  • Plans for small business to band together to buy coverage at lower rates.
  • Intends to bring down health-care costs by limiting excessive and expensive lawsuits against doctors and hospitals.

  • *All information from candidates' official Web sites.