Staff Writer

John Kerry's platform is designed to make America stronger, safer and more secure, with domestic policies that will leave no person behind, Margie Cuthbertson, a volunteer for the Kerry campaign, said.
Stephen Lindsey, Tennessee's director for the Kerry-Edwards campaign, agreed that Kerry would fight to keep America safe and improve the economy.
"He has a truly global view on how to best utilize America's allies," Lindsey said.
In terms of foreign policy, Kerry wants to establish greater cooperation with other nations to help win the war on terror and in Iraq. In the future, Kerry would use the military only as a last resort, Cuthbertson said.
Nathan Zook, professor in political science, agreed that greater global cooperation is a centerpiece of the Kerry campaign.
"John Kerry's vision for foreign policy is to establish more alliances with the global community. One exception is with North Korea. He emphasized during the debate last Thursday that he seeks to engage in bilateral negotiations with North Korea," Zook said in an e-mail, referring to the prospects that other nations might have to sit out negotiations during bilateral talks with North Korea.
Kerry has not ruled out the possibility of pre-emptive war, Zook said.
"I think we should expect future pre-emptive wars even if John Kerry is elected," Zook said. "He (Kerry) has declared that he does not want to remove the ability of a U.S. president to engage in pre-emptive wars."
In contrast with President Bush's domestic-policy platform, Cuthbertson said Kerry's platform would benefit every day people as opposed to catering to big businesses.
"The recurring theme is that they (Republicans) tend to favor large businesses," Cuthbertson said.
She said that the Bush tax cuts primarily benefited the wealthy, and Bush's economic policies led to the outsourcing of jobs. Kerry would repeal tax cuts for the wealthy to help fund health care, homeland security and provide incentives to keep companies from outsourcing jobs, she said.
"Kerry does not support outsourcing," Cuthbertson said. "He wants to keep jobs in America."
In addition to taking the country in a different direction in foreign and domestic policies, a Kerry administration could also impact the Supreme Court, which rules on constitutional issues such as abortion, affirmative action and the death penalty.
Political analysts speculate that three justices will retire during the next presidential term, leaving the president to appoint new justices.
On his Web site, Kerry promised to only appoint federal judges who have a record of supporting abortion and civil rights. Kerry is also opposed to the death penalty for everyone except terrorists.
Lindsey said he supports Kerry because of his ability to understand "the obstacles working people face."
"I think John Kerry would make an excellent president because he has proven he will put others in front of himself," Lindsey said, listing Kerry's service in Vietnam, his volunteer work helping inner-city school children and legislation he sponsored to protect women in abusive relationships as examples.