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The 55th presidential election was held on November 2, 2004. Democratic party nominee John Kerry and John Edwards were defeated by incumbent President George Bush and Vice President Dick Chaney. Kerry, a Senator from Massachusetts was often called a "flip-flopper" by the Bush administration for Kerry's constant change in voting, especially with funding for the Iraq War.Kerry was a supporter of the "No Child Left Behind Act," supported many bills to remove toxins from the environment, supported gay rights, pro-choice, and affirmative action. Kerry chose John Edwards, a North Carolina Senator, as his running mate. Edwards policy positions were to aid in the elimination of poverty within the United States, slow down global warming, create a universal health care system, and remove troops from Iraq.