TITLE

JUDGMENT, EXPERIENCE, AND LEADERSHIP: CANDIDATE DEBATES ON THE IRAQ WAR IN THE 2008 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARIES

AUTHOR(S)
BOSTDORFF, DENISE M.
PUB. DATE
June 2009
SOURCE
Rhetoric & Public Affairs;Summer2009, Vol. 12 Issue 2, p223
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The examination of 25 pre-primary and primary debates of the 2008 campaign indicates most Republicans, over time, moved toward ever stronger support of President Bush and the surge policy, while continuing to link meeting the challenge in Iraq with the war on terror and moral resolve. The Democrats, conversely, increasingly embraced timetables for withdrawal. McCain and Obama, the ultimate victors, depicted Iraq as the defi ning issue that best reflected their respective leadership capabilities, thereby setting the key frames of "judgment" and "experience" that would continue to dominate the 2008 general election, even when the economy eclipsed Iraq as an issue.
ACCESSION #
42526090

 

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