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2008 Race to be "Leader of the Free World"


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No one really uses the term "leader of the free world" any more except in an ironic sense. But still, the election of a new president of the United States has huge implications for people all over the planet. The president is both the commander-in-chief of the U.S. military and the driving force behind U.S. foreign policy.

The 2006 mid-term elections were animated by foreign policy issues, and the 2008 elections might be as well. As the campaign proceeds we learn more and more about the foreign policy positions of the leading candidates:



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