TITLE

TNR PRIMARY

AUTHOR(S)
Cohn, Jonathan; Crowley, Michael; Risen, Clay
PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;9/29/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 13, p9
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Democratic presidential candidates are employing different strategies in their campaigns. Dick Gephardt has let loose a flurry of attacks on front-runner Howard Dean. In addition to attacking Dean over his apparent switch of position on free trade, Gephardt has recently called into question Dean's commitment to Medicare, upon which the nation's elderly depend for their health insurance. To do so, he cited interviews Dean gave with newspapers and on TV shows -- interviews in which Dean fairly unambiguously agreed with Newt Gingrich's call for reducing the rate of growth in Medicare and encouraging more seniors to enroll in managed care plans. Bob Graham has displayed a strange habit of hinting at the most incendiary charges without actually making them. Bob Graham suggested that the misleading use of prewar intelligence on Iraq's weapons-of-mass-destruction programs might warrant George W. Bush's impeachment. Graham never actually called for impeachment; he just let the thought float around as an amorphous notion with no real owner. In a sad irony of presidential campaigning, it's becoming clear that John Edwards's newfound policy strength is also his biggest political weakness. He has conducted 30 town-hall meetings in New Hampshire (and even more in Iowa and South Carolina), meetings in which audiences get an hour to ask him anything about everything from Federal Communications Commission deregulation to domestic oil-drilling to weapons of mass destruction .Edwards harbors the notion that, if he can just get enough people to listen to his ideas, he can win. So, while Lieberman, Kerry, and Dean argue over just what Dean meant when he said the United States should not take sides between the Israelis and Palestinians, Edwards is quietly pushing smart policies to groups of 100 or 200 people in New Hampshire.
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10875408

 

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