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  • America Votes

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    Sunday, February 15, 2004

    Wooing Wisconsin a tougher job this election 

    Wisconsin is staging a Democratic presidential primary on Tuesday, but, with Sen. John Kerry expected to win, that race is almost a sideshow — especially since President Bush's campaign is now in general election mode, sending out millions of video e-mails attacking Kerry.

    Bush's economic stewardship is already under heavy scrutiny in Wisconsin. Here, for example, is what Bush economist Gregory Mankiw said: "Outsourcing is just a new way of doing international trade," and it's "probably a plus for the economy in the long run."

    That remark has infuriated a lot of people in Wisconsin — the kind of remark that could undercut Bush's quest to win the state in November, after having lost it last time by only 5,708 votes. This state, once a manufacturing center, has lost more than 84,000 factory jobs since Bush took office, triggered in part by the exodus of U.S. businesses, and many here now believe that Bush cares more about the free-trade ethos than about its human casualties.

    It's hardly certain, however, that Bush is toast around here. Didn't John Kerry vote for NAFTA?

    - Dick Polman, Philadelphia Inquirer

    posted by Jim Van Nostrand at 7:33 PM



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