Where do the candidates stand and what does it mean for Louisiana?
A new Energy Policy? National Healthcare? Coastal Restoration and Recovery? Where do the candidates stand and what does it mean for Louisiana? Join political pundits and citizens as they explore the possible ramifications to the state from the upcoming Presidential election.
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* Democratic National Committeewoman and State Representative Karen Carter Peterson
* Charlie Davis, State Director of Victory 2008, the Louisiana Republican Party’s federal campaign effort
* John Maginnis, an independent author and journalist on Louisiana politics
On November 4th, Louisiana voters, like those in the rest of the nation, will be casting their ballot for the next President of the United States. With the nomination of an African-American for the top of one ticket and a woman as the running mate on the other, this election already promises new possibilities for the country.
But America’s next leader will inherit rising unemployment, a projected economic recession and the largest market intervention plan in the nation’s history. It’s no wonder that 69% of voters surveyed in a recent Gallup poll listed “the economy” as their biggest concern.
The following guide gives an overview of both presidential candidates’ positions on that issue plus others of special interest to Louisiana voters. Included are statements provided by spokesmen from both the Louisiana Democratic and Louisiana Republican Party on the value of their respective candidate’s proposals to the state.
For a more detailed explanation of the candidates’ positions on the topics listed as well as other issues not addressed, please visit the following websites:
* Senator John McCain (R) http://www.johnmccain.com
* Louisiana Republican Party http://www.lagop.com/
* Senator Barack Obama (D) http://www.barackobama.com
* Louisiana Democratic Party http://www.lademo.org/
For a thorough analysis of the candidates’ tax proposals, visit the Tax Policy Center website at: http://www.taxpolicycenter.org.The Tax Policy Center is a joint venture of the Brookings Institution, a nonprofit public policy organization; and the Urban Institute, an economic and social policy research association.
To substantiate the accuracy of many of the claims made during this year’s presidential campaign, visit Fact Check.org’s website at: http://www.factcheck.org Fact Check.org identifies itself as a nonpartisan, nonprofit "consumer advocate" for voters.
Voters are invited to explore these and similar websites for an objective examination of the candidates’ positions. All Louisianans are also strongly encouraged to participate in the political process by casting their vote on November 4th.
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