Here’s a string of CNN video reports on how her murder may affect the election by bringing terrorism and foreign policy to the forefront yet again. Also it contains reactions to the news from Democratic and Republican candidates:
Also, here’s another story from the AP:
WASHINGTON (AP) â€” One week before the Iowa caucuses, the assassination of former Pakistani leader Benazir Bhutto pushed terrorism to the forefront in voters’ minds and highlighted the candidacies of presidential hopefuls with long records on national security.
Bhutto’s assassination on Thursday rippled through the presidential race as candidates scrambled to respond and adjusted campaign plans on a day overshadowed by the terrorist attack in Rawalpindi.
The deadly incident at an election rally in Pakistan could help presidential candidates such as Republican Rudy Giuliani, who was in charge of New York City when terrorists struck on Sept. 11, 2001, and Vietnam War veteran John McCain, a longtime member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
On the Democratic side, Hillary Rodham Clinton has argued that her experience makes her prepared to lead the nation in troubled times. Rival Barack Obama has pushed a hard line in dealing with Pakistan and the search for Osama bin Laden.
In a twisted way, I think candidates wait for events like this to showoff their foreign policy knowledge and ability to portray themselves as clear-thinking leaders in times of international crisis.
Candidates like Giuliani, McCain, and maybe Clinton benefit from this politically in my opinion. I honestly also think it’s more Giuliani than McCain on the Republican side. For the Democrats, I think this will simply remind people how little foreign policy experience Edwards and Obama actually have. Not that Clinton has a lot more but I think since she spent 8 years in the White House, she is perceived to have more experience.
Seriously though, I’m wondering whether or not this will really weigh on the minds of Iowa voters and subsequently New Hampshire voters. I guess we’ll see that reflected in the polls over the next few days if candidates perceived to have more foreign policy experience get a bump in support.