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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 78

Presidential Election in Sri Lanka Confusions Bandaranaikes

[b]Presidential Election in Sri Lanka Confusions Bandaranaikes bring can cost Rajapakse The Presidency: It happened to Kerry in US[/b]

Daya Gamage – US National Correspondent to Asian Tribune

[b]Washington, D.C., 06 November, ([/b] A month before the November 2004 presidential election in the United States, the former president Bill Clinton addressing a vital Democratic Party gathering with party’s presidential candidate Senator John Kerry and his running mate Senator John Edwards at his side, gave a prophetic advice.

On the national security issue, which became the foremost campaign plank in the presidential race, Clinton declared that the Republican candidate President Bush’s approach to strengthening America’s national security and safeguarding the nation from further terrorist attacks and taking unilateral decisions ignoring friendly nations was wrong and the Democratic candidate Senator Kerry’s approach was right.

However, the former president warned that the confusion the Democratic Party leaders have brought in to the national debate and to Kerry’s campaign on national security and terrorism issues may settle a new slogan in the minds of the American voters which Clinton warned both the Democratic Party and Kerry-Edward campaign should handle carefully.

The slogan, according to Bill Clinton, that is slowly settling in the minds of the American voters was: Bush is “Strong and Wrong” and Kerry is “Weak and Right.”

John Kerry’s presidential bid was faltered from the start when prominent leaders, who have national appeal, of the Democratic Party, in the campaign trail, gave contradictory versions of their party’s goals and policies, instead of focusing on the Kerry-Edwards agenda. These contradictory versions confused the American voters leading to the victory of an incumbent president whose administration’s foreign policy was considered adventurous, unilateral and harmful to the national defense and combating terrorism by a majority of the Americans.

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