TITLE

WAR, PEACE AND POLITICS: WHY THIS CAMPAIGN MATTERS MORE THAN ALMOST ANY OTHER

AUTHOR(S)
Marek, Angie C.; Omestad, Thomas; Simon, Roger
PUB. DATE
November 2004
SOURCE
U.S. News & World Report;11/1/2004, Vol. 137 Issue 15, p20
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Four years ago, the overriding issue in the presidential election was how to let the good times roll: There were large government surpluses, and more were projected. Fixing Social Security, increasing healthcare benefits, improving education, and cleaning up the environment all seemed like good ideas at the time. But there is something different about the fear campaign this time around. Something that makes it scarier and, therefore, more potent as a political tool: The attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, have left a legacy, a specter, and it is the specter of our own deaths and the deaths of our loved ones. If the 2004 campaign has become about anything, it has become about actual survival, about worrying whether we, our spouses, our children, our parents will return home at the end of the day. In times of war, fear usually works to the advantage of the incumbent president. But Bush's relative popularity (his approval rating hovers around 50 percent) during a controversial war also reflects something else: his success so far in linking the war in Iraq to the war on terror and the fight to protect the homeland.Kerry does his best, as he did in the three debates, when he manages to decouple the war in Iraq from the war on terrorism and when he charges that Bush, by pursuing a war against Saddam Hussein in Iraq rather than Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan, actually increased the threat to the United States.
ACCESSION #
14812525

 

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