There are many voters who feel a president can create jobs or stop abortions. Neither Bush nor Kerry can do either. The president can help shape policy but Congress actually makes policy. Jobs were lost because of NAFTA, which was passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton. Without Congress, President Clinton could only wish NAFTA would become policy. President bush would face the same "rules" if he wanted to create tax cuts.
A president can shape policy in many ways, but probably the number one way of shaping policy is by his/her selection of judges in the court system. If the Congress approves of his/her appointment, the judge will most likely reflect the president's "politics." A conservative president will usually appoint a conservative judge. A liberal president will usually appoint a liberal judge.
To the voters of Kentucky I say the following: Both candidates profess a belief in God. I have no reason to think differently. Bush is a conservative. Kerry is a liberal. A conservative judge will most likely rule to protect the marriage of a man and a woman, rule against abortion, rule in favor of the Ten Commandments and rule in favor of the words "under God" in the pledge. A liberal judge will often rule against the same rights that I, as a conservative, believe should be upheld. Many liberal congressmen have blocked appointments because the appointees are conservative, i.e. pro-life. Neither Bush nor Kerry can dictate the outcome of these "rights," but their appointments can and will make those rulings for all of us.