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The Polarized Presidency of George W. Bush$
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George C Edwards III and Desmond King

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199217977

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217977.001.0001

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Going Public, Going to Baghdad: Presidential Agenda-Setting and the Electoral Connection in Congress

Going Public, Going to Baghdad: Presidential Agenda-Setting and the Electoral Connection in Congress

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(p.325) 10 Going Public, Going to Baghdad: Presidential Agenda-Setting and the Electoral Connection in Congress
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The Polarized Presidency of George W. Bush
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Scott B. Blinder

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199217977.003.0010

President Bush and administration officials sought to persuade the domestic public, lawmakers in Washington, and the international community of the need to take military action against Saddam Hussein's regime, even after the decision to go to war had apparently been made. Using the power of the presidential bully pulpit and sending high-ranking officials to the airwaves and speech circuits, the administration spared no effort to make the case for ‘disarming’ Saddam, by force if necessary. But was ‘going public’ — appealing to the American public to try to increase support for the president's preferred policy — a necessary or even useful step on the president's road to Baghdad? This chapter argues that ‘going public’ was useful in at least one sense: improving the president's chances of success in the Congress.

Keywords:   Bush Administration, war, Iraq, public opinion, public appeals, presidential leadership

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