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NYTimes: Successes Overseas Are Unlikely to Help Obama at Home

by Lisa Mathias

The New York Times’ Saturday edition reported on the effect that President Obama’s efforts abroad have had on his favorability numbers, and whether his wartime success will help his political future. The WG’s David Winston stated that Obama is ignoring the most important issue, which will affect his re-election possibilities:

“Foreign affairs is important, but when placed against the scale of the problem with jobs and the economy, it’s dwarfed,” said David Winston, a Republican strategist. “It’s the equivalent of a house on fire: he’s fixing the window while the rest of the house is burning down.”

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Huffington Post: GOPers See ‘Great Opportunity’ For Afghanistan War Skeptic In 2012

by Lisa Mathias

Amanda Terkel at Huffington Post writes about how skepticism toward the Afghanistan War could distinguish a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, although it is unclear whether that would lead to a victory in the election. Despite the number of Republicans who openly question the war effort, The Winston Group’s David Winston explains that many still see support of the war as largely associated with Republicans:

…David Winston cautioned that money and visibility don’t necessarily translate into votes, and right now, the party still largely supports the war.

“I think generally, within the party on the Republican side, there’s a sense that if we’re going to succeed in the war on terror, one of the specific items we have to have success on is Afghanistan,” said Winston. “So the two are intertwined.”

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St. Petersburg Times: Midterm elections: Economy pushes war into background

by Lisa Mathias

The St. Petersburg Times released an article on Monday, July 5th concerning how the war in Iraq and Afghanistan has been pushed aside in the agendas of candidates running for office this year. But the Winston Group’s David Winston explains that with the state of the economy at home, the fighting abroad is the lesser of most Americans’ worries:

“It dwarfs everything,” said Republican pollster David Winston. “It’s sort of like looking at a house and there’s all these things that need repair, but if the roof’s on fire, all these things are secondary. Jobs and the economy are the equivalent of the fire on the roof.”

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