It should be noted, moreover, that nearly six in 10 Americans believe the Iraq war is part of the war on terrorism. Add them to the "terrorism" tally and it surpasses the economy as the top issue in the election.
Vote preferences follow some of these issue priorities. Among those who say terrorism is the No. 1 issue, Bush has an 80-point lead. Among those who say it's Iraq, Kerry leads by 34 points; and his lead is similar among those who say it's the economy. The nation's response to terrorism continues to be the essential wellspring of Bush's support. abcnews.com
Democrat John Kerry, campaigning in Des Moines today, worked to refocus the presidential debate on the kitchen-table issues with a blistering indictment of the Bush administration's health-care policies, after spending the past week defending his positions on national security and terrorism.
But the Massachusetts senator also managed to meld his increasingly strong criticism of the president's handling of the situation in Iraq with domestic policy, accusing Bush of squandering billions on Iraq at the peril of domestic priorities. desmoinesregister.com
He might as well have said that, "Bush's wrong war, at the wrong time, in the wrong place, which I voted for, is leaving America without the resources we need here at home." (The preceding was a simulated Kerry quote.)
The crack campaign team could have said the aforementioned, but alas they did not. Instead, Theresa (Teh-RAY'-zah) Heinz Kerry said something even better.
...her husband's health care plan is so good, "only an idiot" could oppose it. ...then again, "there are idiots" out there.
...[she] says it's so strong she doesn't have to sell it. wqad.com
Keep 'not selling it' like that, Theresa!
Once again, because it bears repeating, John Kerry voted for the war (and still would?) before he ran against it. Give war a chance, candidate Kerry, give war a chance!