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One of the key issues in the presidential debate on October 17, 2000 was the reform of the Social Security program. While both candidates agree that the system needs to be changed and improved, their ideas for instituting change are quite different. Governor Bush has proposed naming a bipartisan panel responsible for creating a plan that would allow workers to set up personal investment accounts, thus emphasizing individual responsiblity and "trust in the free market." Vice-President Gore's plan places the chief responsibility in the hands of the government by changing Social Security very little, but including the use of $1.4 trillion in tax revenue, along with Social Security taxes, to pay beneficiaries. While Bush's plan is slightly riskier, since it depends on a strong market, according to the latest polls, it is slightly favored by voters. Fifty percent of voters prefer Bush's plan, while only 44 percent are leaning toward's Gore's Social Security ideas.

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