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  • Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal

    Saturday, September 11, 2004

    There are fears and then there are fears 

    In the days before the third anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on America, Vice President sought to put the fear of God in his fellow countrymen.

    He said during a town hall meeting in Des Moines, Iowa., that if voters did not vote right on Nov. 2, ``then the danger is that we'll get hit again.''

    Not everyone appreciated the vice president's warning.

    ``That's tragic,'' National Public Radio senior analyst Daniel Schorr.

    Schorr didn't much care that Cheney had backtracked during his visit to Cincinnati, blaming the media for fouling up his message, issuing qualifiers and just,
    in general, hemming and hawing and the implication that John Kerry will get us all killed.

    In their War on Terrorism, Cheney and his boss, George W. Bush, do not differentiate between al-Qaida, villian of 9/11, and Iraq, a country previously run by an evil tyrant but with neither link to al-Quiada leader Osama bin Laden nor workable Weapons of Mass Destruction, two of the reasons the United States turned itself into a war starter.

    Though there is conflicting evidence concerning whether the war in Iraq is hurting Bush's chance for re-election, a new survey for The Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV in Columbus reveals that while many national polls give Bush the lead, the responses the president evokes from Ohioans ``are decidedly mixed''.

    The Dispatch survey, conducted by Saperstein Associates, finds the president sliding in his strongest suit, how he has handled the war on terrorism. A year ago 66 percent approved but now only 53 percent do. Respondents do, however, believe (63 percent) that Saddam Hussein was a threat to the United States.

    There are many fears, and despite Cheney's brand of fearmongering, Ohioans are not as worried about terrorism as they are about the economy (69 percent of respondents. The terror of joblessness, of saving a lifetime and still not being able to pay your medical bills or retire as you had hoped are economic fears Ohioans could explain to Cheney.

    - Steve Love

    posted by Ohioblog: A Swing State Journal at 11:55 AM

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