Another four years, another new president? The election of 1996 for president
moves closer everyday as the republican Robert Dole, and the president Bill Clinton fight it
out. Far behind and by all means out of the race is Ross Perot. The polls show
Dole-Kemp behind Clinton-Gore, and the results will stay this way for several key reasons.
Clinton will serve another four years as president since Americans know what to expect
from him as president. On several key issues, such as the budget, Dole has provided the
voters with vague ideas on how he will tackle his promises. As three key issues are
examined we find Dole to make claims that can easily be doubted. Clinton's claims and
views are backed up with four years of experience. Clinton's four years as president has
seen a stable economy, and he will try to keep this up for another four years.
balancing of the budget proves to stand as one of the largest issues going into the election.
Dole has talked about putting up 23% of federal spending up for cuts. Dole has
also said he will not touch the areas of social security, defense, interest on the debt,
Medicare, Medicaid, veterans benefits, military pensions, and the Energy Department
research labs with cuts. This means under Dole we would be likely to see cuts in national
parks with the number of rangers, the Border Patrol with fewer agents, the Bureau of
Prisons with fewer prison spaces, NASA with fewer space shuttle flights, the FBI with
fewer agents, drug interdiction with 2,960 fewer DEA agents, and education with fewer
students in Head Start. On the record Dole has suggested cuts in the Energy Department,
and the possibility of also eliminating the Commerce Department. These cuts alone would