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The 2012 Elections

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Has ‘hope and change’ been fulfilled?

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Voting in an election that matters

Every four years, presidential nominees tell voters that this election is the most important of our lifetimes. Such proclamations are largely hyperbole. In 2012, however, it might be warranted. This election is consequential. During the next four years, the nation will have to face issues of debt, taxes and fiscal stability that will imprint our [...]

Virginia is still a toss-up state

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WILDER: Advice to my fellow Democrats

In 1969, I ran for the Virginia state Senate as a Democrat. Not because any party grandees came to my door and begged — or even suggested — I throw my hat in the ring. I did it because I talked with my friends and neighbors in Richmond and across the state. We thought the time [...]

Biden axes Tampa trip: Isaac or political storm to blame?

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VP Biden’s comments too divisive?

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Wilder, McCain, Palin join criticism of Biden

Race is a factor, but it doesn’t define us

The issue of race has come up in the 2012 presidential election, most recently by Sen. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth. She says Mitt Romney “is speaking to a segment of the population who does not like to see people other than a white man in the White House or any other elected position.” I know [...]

Wilder: Response to Racists Devolution

I personally reject any suggestion from anyone that the people of Virginia or our nation have retreated to the days of intolerance and discrimination of the past.  Yet, I am not naive enough to believe that there are some elements of that still at hand. I know Louise Lucas and helped her win her first [...]

Obama best look for variation in ‘Bradley effect’

Is the “Bradley effect” dead? The Obama campaign had better not count on it. The way Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 led many commentators and political scientists to drive what they cited as the final nail into the coffin of the Bradley effect. This term, named for Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley, defines [...]

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