October 11, 2000 George W. Bush and Al Gore Debate "Housekeeping" (02:20)
Peter Jennings announces the second presidential debate. Jim Lehrer welcomes candidates Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore and explains the debate format.
Presidential Guiding Principles (04:08)
Bush will pursue peace in the Middle East, hemispheric free trade, education, and Social Security and Medicare reform. Gore sees America's strength in values of economic and political freedom. He will address social and racial injustice and inequity, as well as maintaining a strong military.
America's International Image (03:21)
Bush believes other countries should see the U.S. as a strong yet humble nation. Gore discusses the power of economic strength; Bush says we have an obligation to help third world debt, but we can't put troops everywhere.
Middle East Conflict (05:31)
Gore outlines diplomatic steps to make peace between Israel and Palestine, while supporting Israel. Bush advocates maintaining an alliance with Israel, reaching out to moderate Arab nations to protect U.S. oil interests, and being tough on Saddam Hussein.
Policy on Iraq (03:07)
Bush say he would remove Saddam Hussein from power; he feels the Clinton Administration let the coalition disintegrate. Gore says they maintained sanctions and he wants to support groups trying to overthrow Hussein.
Military Intervention in Yugoslavia (04:32)
Bush agrees with Clinton's decision to bomb Serbia. Gore pushed for strong action against Milosevic and questions Bush's commitment to intervene in genocide situations. Bush says he'll commit troops if it's in U.S. strategic interest.
Recent Military Interventions (05:10)
Gore lists recent interventions he supported. Bush says Somalia went wrong when the mission changed to nation building, and agrees with the decision not to send troops to Rwanda. Considering the lack of African allies, Gore believes a humanitarian mission would have been appropriate.
Nation Building Question (07:32)
Bush advocates interventions for national interest but opposes overextending the military or using it for civil missions. Gore cites nation building efforts after World War II, defends intervention in Haiti, and believes the U.S. has a moral obligation to prevent genocide and aid democracy.
Economic Assistance (05:28)
Bush says the U.S. should ensure foreign aid doesn't go to corrupt officials. Gore supports IMF reform and believes the U.S. should provide environmental and economic leadership. Bush wants to empower nations to help themselves, rather than telling them how to govern.
Racial Profiling (05:11)
Gore would support federal legislation against racial profiling, and Bush would support state and local laws. They both support hate crime laws.
Racial Discrimination and Hate Crimes Legislation (04:51)
Bush addresses racial inequality through education reform. Gore questions failed hate crime legislation in Texas related to the James Byrd case; he supports a national hate crimes law. Bush says Byrd's killers received the death penalty.
Gay Marriage (02:52)
Bush opposes gay marriage and supported the Defense of Marriage Act, but is tolerant of same-sex couples. Gore advocates some type of civic union and believes gays and lesbians should have equal rights.
Gun Control (08:41)
Gore supports a three day waiting period and state licensing of new handgun sales. Bush advocates background checks and sees registration as ineffective. He believes Columbine resulted from declining moral education; Gore agrees with parenting issues but thinks guns are too available to children.
Affordable Healthcare (11:29)
Bush outlines measures to help young people purchase private health insurance. Gore wants to insure every child, and says Bush prioritized tax breaks over addressing Texas’ low national healthcare ranking. Bush defends Texas’ child insurance program and says he’ll give tax relief to everyone who pays taxes.
Gore warns about global warming and advocates investing in fuel efficient vehicles and green technology jobs. Bush supports state conservation efforts and investing in gas, but disagrees with Washington's “command and control” style environmental regulation.
Global Warming (03:58)
Bush argues that we don't know the causes of climate change and doesn't want the U.S. to be responsible for cleaning the world's air. Gore defends evidence that pollution is causing climate change and believes we should take responsibility for future generations.
Gore's Credibility (05:09)
Bush discusses his opponent's tendency to exaggerate claims in debates. Gore apologizes and says he was trying to make points about Medicare and public school reform. Lehrer points out that both their campaign ads use antagonistic language.
Closing Statement: Al Gore (02:10)
Gore proposes education reform measures, including college tuition tax credits, reduced classroom size, and teacher testing. Rather than spending the surplus on tax cuts, he wants to invest in education, healthcare, the environment, and retirement security.
Closing Statement: George W. Bush (01:57)
Bush says he will a form bipartisan consensus to pass legislation on education reform, military build-up, Medicare and Social Security reform, and tax relief through limited government. Lehrer concludes the debate.
October 11, 2000 Bush and Gore Debate Analysis (06:15)
Jennings summarizes the debate as Bush and Gore greet their families. ABC News reporters compare candidate comments to the poll response after the first debate. Bush was strong on foreign policy and education, while Gore lead in health insurance and questioned Bush's Texas record.
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