2004 TIGHTROPE: This MSNBC story, Contenders fine tune war rhetoric, points out the challenges of simultaneously challenging a wartime president and not appearing to be unpatriotic. An interesting statistic: “But no war-time challenger has ever defeated an incumbent president.”

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