JEFFERSON V.S. ADAMS
FEDERALIST JOHN ADAMS
The Federalist candidate, John Adams, believes in a powerful national government, a strong military and a flexible Constitution. He believes that the power should be kept with the rich and educated.
DEMOCRATIC-REPUBLICAN THOMAS JEFFERSON
The Democratic-Republican candidate believes in the rule of the common people, a strict, as-is Constitution and keeping govermental power limited. He believes that having a strong military would be detrimental to the cause of the country.