Economy, foreign affairs at center of midterm elections
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama's escalating militarism in the Middle East has drowned out the economic pitch he hoped would help salvage a midterm election that has been favoring Republicans.
But the airstrikes against Islamic State extremists have also introduced a new complicating factor into the fall campaign that is forcing both sides to reassess their closing political messages.
Senior administration officials insist Obama does not plan to make national security the centerpiece of his message for the homestretch of the fall campaign. He is trying to shift attention to the economic recovery with a speech Thursday at Northwestern University.
Republicans, too, have had to confront the new dynamic posed by the airstrikes and wonder how long they will remain prominent in the public's mind.
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