Collegiate Case Study_ Elections 2002: The Issues

Susan Page, Richard Benedetto, Susan Page, Patrick McMahon
USA Today
Historically, political issues likely to affect the outcome of an election have been relatively easy for politicians to identify and to build campaigns around. However, in the two years since the last national election, unprecedented events affecting national security, corporate governance, stock market losses, and the threat of war with Iraq have made it more difficult to definitively identify the hot-button issues, leaving politicians stymied. And with the most closely divided Congress in more than 70 years, tapping into what really matters to the American people will likely have a significant impact in 2004. This case study will examine the political issues leading up to the November 5, 2002, election. It will also highlight the changing, and sometimes fickle, positions held by voters.
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