Foreign Policy Issues in Election Campaigns

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Partisan Maneuvering on Foreign Policy

Partisan politics is likely to start rather than stop 1 at the water's edge during the 1984 presidential election campaign. Judging from statements made in state presidential primary campaigns, foreign policy is emerging as the principal issue dividing Democrats and Republicans as they prepare for the summer nominating conventions. Foreign policy is a particularly attractive issue for the Republicans. Because Democrats were in control when the United States got into both world wars and the Korean War—and are in control now when the country is becoming increasingly involved in the struggle in South Viet Nam—the G.O.P. tends to think it can do a better job of keeping or restoring the peace.

Both parties recognize, however, that bitter wrangling over foreign policy ...

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