On March 7, 2000, Californians went to the polls to cast their votes for presidential candidates to be nominated by their parties for the November 2000 election. This is the first time Californians selected presidential candidates through the open primary law passed in 1996. In an open primary system, all the candidates appear on the ballot regardless of the political party in which the voter is registered. Learn more about the open primary system at the California Secretary of State's Open Primary Question and Answer page.
California has 23 candidates on the ballot this year representing 7 political parties. Meet the candidates as they appear in order on the ballot.
California Presidential Primary Candidates
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Harry Browne, Libertarian
Bill Bradley, Democratic
George W. Bush, Republican
Gary Baur, Republican
Steve Forbes, Republican
John B. Anderson, Reform
Ralph Nader, Green
Howard Phillips, American Independent
Charles Collins, Reform
Dave Lynn Hollist, Libertarian
Larry Hines, Libertarian
John Haglin, Natural Law
Orrin Hatch, Republican
L. Neil Smith, Libertarian
Joel Kovel, Green
Alan Keyes, Republican
Kip Lee, Libertarian
Lyndon LaRouche, Democratic
Al Gore, Democratic
George D. Weber, Reform
Donald J. Trump, Reform
John McCain, Republican
Robert Bowman, Reform
How Do You Know Where the Candidates Stand on the Issues?
The following is a list of issues of concern to many Americans. Discuss this list as a class. Either add to the list or narrow it to the top five issues, whichever seems to best match the interests of your class. Use the class' list to focus your web research and to address the classroom activities at the end of this website.
- Military strength
- Immigration policy
- Trade policy in general
- Trade policy with China
- Role of government in social policy
- Religious expression in schools
- Crime/Death penalty
- Gun control
- Health care
- Education policy
Surveys have shown that young voters are turning more and more to the Internet for information. The Internet has become an important medium through which voters are finding information. Knowing this, candidates and their opponents have begun using the Internet as a powerful and relatively inexpensive campaigning tool. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of this new campaign medium by completing the classroom activities at the end of this web page.
How can a voter tell the difference between a political site and one that is providing non partisan information?
There are now many sites that track the statements and work of political candidates from a non partisan perspective. The three listed below are some of the sites with the most extensive information.
Project Vote Smart
Select President under the list of topics on the left hand section of the Project Vote Smart. Take a look at the list of candidates at HTTP://www.vote-smart.org/vote-smart/candlist.phtml?dtype=P&state=&electionid=223&style= After reading the biographical information, selection "Public Statements." This will lead you to information from newspapers, speeches and other sources on what the candidate has said about his beliefs on the issues.
GoVote.com: America's Political Portal
GoVote.com provides information on each of the presidential candidates, updates on the primaries, voter registration, and a special feature called Vote Match Presidential Selector where you can input your political opinions and they will be matched to the corresponding presidential candidate.
New York Times
Many candidates also have websites of their own. These sites will provide that candidates views of their opponents as well as their views on the issues.
1. Select one of the issues of concern from the list above. Check the position of 5 candidates from at least three different parties to determine their views on that issue. Check their position in two ways