Foreign Policy in Political Campaigns

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Campaign Maneuvering on Foreign Policy

American foreign policy—a controversial political issue in 1952—has again moved into the forefront of partisan debate as the country gets into gear for another presidential contest. Despite talk of a truce on discussion of foreign affairs during the 1956 campaign, political controversy has been rising over the manner in which the nation should discharge its responsibilities as leader of the free world.

By linking peace abroad to prosperity at home, and citing maintenance of the two as a major reason for returning Republicans to power, the party in control of the Executive Branch has made the policies to which it attributes peace inevitably a subject of campaign discussion. Recently, moreover, a Cabinet official had a hand in putting foreign policy squarely ...

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