But some political observers say this year's election may provide the clearest contrast between two political philosophies in the modern history of the Republic. The Bush administration has framed its campaign as a referendum on Bush's program to keep America secure. John Kerry says only a Democratic administration can mend fences with America's allies, which he says is the only effective way to oppose terrorism.
Tune in to hear whether this year's issues make Election 2004 the most important one in American history.
David Kennedy, Donald J. McLachlan Professor of History at Stanford University and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian
Midge Decter, social critic and winner of 2003 National Humanities Award
David Halberstam, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and historian.
This program aired on October 26, 2004.