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US ’08—where the candidates stand

By Tom Nuttall  

Via Danny Finkelstein at the Times comes this fascinating graph (click to enlarge) detailing the various US presidential candidates’ positions on everything from abortion to universal healthcare. On first glance, a couple of interesting facts leap out.

First, how much smaller are the differences between same-party individual candidates than those between the parties. On almost all issues there are significant differences between Republicans and Democrats, and relative unity within party ranks. Of course, the issues will have been chosen partly to reflect the main points of policy contention between the parties, but nonetheless, in an era when we are often…

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