Parties go head-to-head in blame game

National security is dominating the American political agenda with little more than five weeks to go before crucial congressional elections.

30th September, 2006

National security is dominating the American political agenda with little more than five weeks to go before crucial congressional elections. On one level, that is no surprise - terrorism was a vital issue in the 2002 and 2004 election seasons too. But two acrimonious episodes last week showed just how sharp-edged the debate has become.

One pitted Bill and Hillary Clinton against President George W Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; the other called into question...

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