Oct. 26, 2004 · NPR's Steve Inskeep examines recent stump speeches by President George Bush and Sen. John Kerry. He checks their facts with experts -- and points out what the candidates aren't saying.
As the Election Day nears, NPR examines the candidates' claims on key issues of the 2004 presidential campaign.
Sept. 23, 2004 · Despite heated campaign rhetoric, proposals on Iraq from the presidential candidates are similar and unlikely to change things soon. President Bush says the United States will exit when the Iraqis can secure their own country. Sen. John Kerry proposes returning troops within four years. NPR's Eric Westervelt reports.
Sept. 10, 2004 · One issue is whether the war in Iraq has bred more terrorism, or whether terrorism would have expanded anyway. And is conventional military force an effective weapon against terrorism, or should the United States and its allies rely more heavily on intelligence aimed at breaking up terrorist networks? NPR's Tom Gjelten reports.
Oct. 22, 2004 · President Bush and Sen. John Kerry focus on health care -- and the small percentage of undecided voters who say the issue could affect how they cast their ballot. Some experts believe neither candidate's plan will bring down medical costs. NPR's Julie Rovner reports.
Sept. 13, 2004 · An increase in Medicare premiums is raising the issue's profile on the 2004 campaign trail. NPR's Julie Rovner assesses both major party presidential candidates' claims about Medicare.
Sept. 29, 2004 · John Kerry's health plan would have the federal government take over the costs of patients with "catastrophic" illnesses. Kerry and some analysts say it would reduce premiums and help shore up the employer insurance system. Critics say it would just get the government even more involved in health care. NPR's Julie Rovner reports.
Sept. 22, 2004 · President Bush often gets a big round of applause when he says small businesses should be able to band together to buy insurance. But fewer people realize his plan to let them do that is opposed by the nation's governors, the insurance industry, and half the Senate's Republicans. NPR's Julie Rovner reports.
Sept. 23, 2004 · As Congress extends President Bush's tax cuts, both the president and his Democratic opponent, Sen. John Kerry, pledge to cut the deficit in half, but many budget analysts insist that's unlikely. NPR's Jim Zarroli reports.
Sept. 23, 2004 · Both President Bush and his Democratic rival, Sen. John Kerry, offer their visions for securing the future of Social Security. But experts say neither plan would do all the politicians promise. NPR's Scott Horsley reports.
Sept. 20-24, 2004 · In a week-long series, Morning Edition holds a series of conversations on some of the key issues of the fall campaign, including health care, the environment and the war on terrorism.
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