On Sept. 30, the first debate will be held between George W. Bush and John F. Kerry. It will focus on foreign policy.

Below are highlights some of the differences.

On security:

Kerry

* Favors international cooperation to ensure
security.
* Pledges to use diplomacy and other tools, not just military power, and to rebuild alliances.
* Has plan to end Iraq quagmire.
* Advocates restored funding to firefighters,
police, veterans.

Bush

* Favors unilateral, “first-strike” military policies over diplomacy and international law.
* Has withdrawn from and scorns multilateral treaties and international bodies.
* No plan to end Iraq war.
* Cut funding to firefighters, police, veterans.

On trade:

Kerry

* Favors environmental standards and workers rights to be written into trade deals.

Bush

* Opposes environmental standards or workers rights in trade deals.

On immigration:

Kerry

* Favors legislation to offer citizenship pathway, family reunification and workplace rights.

Bush

* Favors “temporary worker” program only with no possibility of citizenship and no workplace rights protection.

On weapons of mass destruction:

Kerry

* Favors global nuclear weapons reduction.

Bush

* Weakened nuclear weapons control agreements, favors creation of new generation of nukes.

On energy:

Kerry

* Favors energy “independence” and job creation by developing renewable, clean energy.

Bush

* Started war for oil; energy corporations are key component of Bush base.

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