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The myth of the omnipotent president

By Tom Nuttall  

This is the most exciting US primary season I can remember. One reason for that, of course, is the closeness of the races—it’s only in the last week or so that John McCain has emerged as the Republican frontrunner, and the Democratic race still remains too close to call. But just as important has been the message of “change” that has resounded from all the leading campaigns. Barack Obama, of course, has led this charge, but the rhetoric of change from the Republicans has been almost as strong, as the candidates look to distance themselves from an increasingly unpopular president.

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