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Framing the Future by Bernie Horn

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CHAPTER 11Talking About Hot-Button Issues

Why do voters think we’re soft on hard issues? And why do they support most of our domestic policies in opinion polls but not necessarily at the polls on Election Day? It’s all in the way we talk. We don’t need to support military invasions, torture, wiretapping, or merciless sentencing laws. We don’t need to “triangulate” our domestic policies. But we do need to make it clear that our progressive policies will provide Americans with more freedom, opportunity, and security.

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Progressives lost the elections of 2002 and 2004 over the issue of security. Too many Americans thought that conservatives were for security and progressives were against. Subsequently, ...

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