WASHINGTON – The 2004 election is likely to be decided on core principles that the major parties have used to define themselves in the past -- bedrock values that appear to be re-emerging as distinct and discordant as they ever have been.
Republicans continue to build on their national security (search) and tax-cutting credentials, propelling the United States into the role of sole global power with an unmatchable economy. On the flip side, a cacophony of Democratic voices want to return focus to domestic priorities, budget deficits (search) and a growing distaste for the United States by its traditional allies and other more recalcitrant nations.
On top of that, social issues continue to play a major role in dividing the parties. Gay marriage (search), abortion access (search), affirmative action (search), and medical ethics are driving public debate while civil liberties such as legal rights, privacy expectations (search) and protection of one's identity are rising as daily concerns to average Americans and residents in this country.
These issues, and many more to come, are front and center in the 2004 election season and will be sure to dominate the mass media and voters' attentions from now until Nov. 2 and beyond.
As usual, those candidates who are able to set the agenda, drive the debate and turn public opinion on these current and budding issues will be the ones to prevail this fall.
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Sharon Kehnemui is the politics editor for Foxnews.com.