Proposals of top 2 candidates in Chile vote

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Posted: Nov 17, 2013 12:06 AM
Proposals of top 2 candidates in Chile vote

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Former President Michelle Bachelet is the front runner and conservative Evelyn Matthei is a distant second going into Sunday's election for Chile's presidency. Seven other candidates could push the vote into a Dec. 15 runoff. Here are some of the top two candidates' main proposals:

BIG CHANGES: Bachelet proposes a $15 billion spending program, and has answered recent mass student protests by vowing to increase corporate taxes to partly pay for an education overhaul. She also plans to improve health care, legalize abortion in some cases, and launch a national debate on gay marriage.

STAY ON COURSE: Matthei points out that Chile's robust economy thrived with fast growth and low unemployment during the current center-right presidency of Sebastian Pinera. She says Chile must continue Pinera's business-friendly policies, funding government programs with income from the country's improved economic growth, not by raising taxes.