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Who are these guys?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Daily Show – a great
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A general, governor, reverend, 2 U.S. representatives, 3 U.S.
senators, have tossed their hats into presidential race                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                source for newsertainment
  Wesley Clark: Four-star general spent 34                                  Sen. John Kerry: Decorated war veteran                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Combining two of my favorites,                      In the midst of a story, Stewart often goes
years in U.S. Army and finished first in class                            winning Silver Star, Bronze Star and three                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   politics/news and humor, the Daily Show with       to one of his “live” reporters. The Daily
at West Point. Headed 1999 NATO mission in                                Purple Hearts. In 1984, Kerry was elected to                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Jon Stewart has become the only show not           Show has recently had reports “live” from
Kosovo. Has never ran for public office and                               the U.S. Senate, a position he’s maintained for                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              carried on ESPN that I watch regularly.            Mars and from within Sadaam’s rathole. This
announced his candidacy in September, more                                four terms. Early favorite before Dean’s cam-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  After reading about the                                              is something no other
than a year behind some opponents.                                        paign gained momentum.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       news in the newspaper, it                                              broadcast can claim. In
Campaigning on strong foreign policy stances                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           gives much needed humor.                                               depth interviews have
and military experience.                                                    Rep. Dennis Kucinich: Youngest mayor in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    “America’s Favorite Fake                                               become a mainstay of late-
                                                                          Cleveland history at 31. Elected in 1996 to U.S.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             News Show” also is an                                                  night news shows, this has
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Mike Schroeder
  Howard Dean: Former governor of Vermont                                 House of Representatives. Has mainly cam-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    equal opportunity insulter.                                            also hit the Daily Show.
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was re-elected five times before deciding                                 paigned on the platform completely opposing                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  There are just as many                                                 However, they are often
against sixth term in 2002 to run for president.                          the war with Iraq, promising to pull all U.S.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                George W. Bush jokes as                                                done with the utmost
Leading many polls as front-runner behind a                               soldiers if elected.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         there are Howard Dean jokes.                       respect for the individuals, who will become
strong anti-Iraq and health care platform. Has                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           The show is a consistent satire not only on      the days humor for myself and the nation.
reputation of speaking too candidly.                                        Sen. Joseph Lieberman: Ran as Gore’s vice                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the news, but on the broadcast news shows of          The Daily Show gives a great comedic
                                                                          presidential candidate in the 2000 presidential                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              ABC, CBS and NBC.                                  relief by poking fun at stories that people are
   Sen. John Edwards: First entered politics                              election. Served three terms as a U.S. Senator.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Stewart opens with the typical stories from      familiar with. Having a great staff of writers
winning senate election in 1998. Previously                               Widely considered the most conservative of                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the day and inputs his (or the shows writers)      and a very good host, who interacts well with
served as a personal injury lawyer, winning                               the eight candidates, he backs the war in Iraq.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              two cents on the story. This can range from a      both the crowd and the on-screen graphics,
North Carolina’s largest settlement of $25 mil-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        witty wisecrack to translating foreign leaders     earns the critics praise, a Newsweek cover
lion. Won the endorsement of The Des Moines                                  The Rev. Al Sharpton Jr.: A political activist                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to whatever the writers want.                      and my precious time.
Register, the largest newspaper in Iowa that                              from New York City says blacks have been
co-hosted the recent debates.                                             forgotten by Republicans and ignored by
                                                                          Democrats. Served as a music promoter and                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The next 25 days of the campaign
  Rep. Richard Gephardt: A member of the                                  FBI informant. Ran unsuccessfully for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  D A I LY E A S T E R N N E W S I L L U S T R A T I O N B Y J O A Q U I N O C H O A      January                             3 New Mexico Democratic caucuses      7 Washington Democratic caucuses
U.S. House of Representatives since 1976.                                 Democratic nominations for the New York
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          27 New Hampshire primary            3 Oklahomaprimary                     8 Maine Democratic caucuses




                                                                                                                                                                                THE UNUSUAL CANDIDATES
Served as majority leader in 1989. After                                  City mayor and New York’s Senate nomina-                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        February                            3 South Carolina Democratic primary   10 Tennessee presidential primary
Republican takeover in 1994, was elected as                               tion. Strongly opposes the death penalty.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       3 Arizona primary                   3 Virginia GOP caucuses               10 Virginia presidential primary
minority leader where he remained until 2002                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              3 Delaware primary                  3 North Dakota caucuses               14 District of Columbia Democratic caucuses

when he decided to run for president.                                                            SOURCES: WASHINGTON POST’S POLITICS WEB SITE                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             3 Missouri primary                  7 Michigan Democratic caucuses        14 Nevada Democratic caucuses




                     Gen. Wesley Clark,                                                               Howard Dean,                                                     Sen. John Edwards,                                    Rep. Dick Gephardt,                                   Sen. John Kerry,                                                     Rep. Dennis Kucinich,                                                       Sen. Joe Lieberman,                                  Al Sharpton,
                     Arkansas                                                                         Vermont                                                          North Carolina                                        Missouri                                              Massachusetts                                                        Ohio                                                                        Connecticut                                          New York




               COLLEGE TUITION                                                          COLLEGE TUITION                                                          COLLEGE TUITION                                     COLLEGE TUITION                                           COLLEGE TUITION                                          COLLEGE TUITION                                                                COLLEGE TUITION                                         COLLEGE TUITION
Would provide $20 billion in federal funds for                            Says students would receive $10,000 a year                              Proposes one free year of college in return for      Proposes a program that would pay loans of             Proposes a plan in which student would get the            Would create a program that provides free                                       Proposes to raise the maximum Pell Grant                   Has not commented on the issue.
states to use to reduce tuition costs and                                and would not have to spend more than 10                                 10 hours of community service a week and will        college students who commit to teach for five          equivalent of four years of public college tuition        tuition for students currently attending public                                 awards over the next four years and additional
provide up to $6,000 per year in grant money                             percent of their annual salary repaying student                          pay for the $5 billion program by reforming          years and to make $10,000 of college costs tax         in their state in exchange for two years of               colleges and universities by rolling back Bush’s                                funding to public college and universities that
for college students for two years whose                                 loans, or 7 percent if they pursue careers in                            federal education loans                              deductible                                             public service and would give $50 billion to              tax cuts                                                                        show significant increases in enrollment and
families earn up to $100,000                                             public service                                                                                                                                                                       public colleges and universities to offset state                                                                                          graduation of low-income and minority students
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              budget cuts

                    GAY RIGHTS                                                              GAY RIGHTS                                                             GAY RIGHTS                                           GAY RIGHTS                                               GAY RIGHTS                                               GAY RIGHTS                                                                       GAY RIGHTS                                               GAY RIGHTS
"I think this is a matter that really has to                               "Civil unions have the legal impact we need to                         "I support partnership benefits for committed        "Down the road, who knows? Maybe we will               "I support civil unions, which afford same-sex            "It's America. We should be able to get past                                    “We need to take concrete steps to recognize               "Are we prepared to say gays and lesbians are
emerge from the people themselves, from                                    achieve under the law. I don't think same-sex                          gay and lesbian couples."                            make progress (on gay marriage). But right             couples equality at the level of state policy."           this. Let people be who they are, and let people                                legal rights of gay domestic partnerships.”                less than human? If we're not prepared to say
states and localities as best as possible."                                            marriage is necessary."                                                                                         now, same-sex couples should have legal rights                                                                   love who they love."                                                                                                                       that, then how do we say that they should not
                                                                                                                                                                                                       that everyone else has."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    have the same rights and human choices of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   anyone else?"

                     RELIGION                                                                 RELIGION                                                                RELIGION                                               RELIGION                                            RELIGION                                                   RELIGION                                                                        RELIGION                                                   RELIGION
"I'm spiritual. I'm religious. I'm a strong                              “I think that Christ was somebody who really                             "My faith is what's gotten me through some           "The religion I learned was to care about the          “I think that we can be people of faith and we            “The founders meant to separate church and                                      “In Washington today, there are many who                   “I think that you can have a personal motivation
Christian and I'm a Catholic but I go to a                               reached out to those who couldn't fend for                               very hard times in my life. It plays an important    poor first. The religion I learned was to love         are. But as President Kennedy made clear to               state, but I don't believe they ever meant to                                   would suggest that faith leads only in one                 of religion, but you should not try to act like
Presbyterian church. Occasionally I go to the                            themselves, so I think about those things, but I                         role in my life."                                    your enemy as much as you love yourself. And           the nation in Houston in 1960, we cherish as a            separate America from spiritual values."                                        direction: the conservative political direction.           your religion is something that dictates where
Catholic church, too."                                                   don't think it informs my politics."                                                                                          that's the religion I try to live every day and that   country the separation of church and state."                                                                                              That is self-evidently not so. Conservative                people ought to go."
                                                                                                                                                                                                       I think Democrats ought to talk about."                                                                                                                                                          politicians have no monopoly on moral values
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        or the absolutely correct political positions.”

                 FUNDING IRAQ                                                              FUNDING IRAQ                                                              FUNDING IRAQ                                       FUNDING IRAQ                                           FUNDING IRAQ                                             FUNDING IRAQ                                                                   FUNDING IRAQ                                                 FUNDING IRAQ
President Bush "still hasn't come forward with                           “This is a credit card president. This is insane                         “I believe this is a vote where, if I vote yes, it   “I'm not going to tell those kids over there that      “I voted against that $87 billion in Washington.          “I say support our troops - bring them home."                                   “We have no choice but to finance this program.”           “We can find billions to go to war, but we can't
a strategy of how we're going to succeed on                              what he is doing. I'm not going to let him run a                         would be the equivalent of giving a stamp of         are taking bullets that I don't have the courage       ... But let me make it clear: I'm for winning the                                                                                                                                                    find money right here at home.”
the ground in Iraq. he ought to produce (a plan)                         war on a credit card."                                                   approval to what this president is doing now.        to vote for the money to keep them safe."              war in Iraq."
before he gets one additional penny."                                                                                                             And I do not agree with what he's doing now."                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  SOURCES: THE WASHINGTON POST AND THE DES MOINES REGISTER


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