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Republicans have historically gotten better polling numbers on issues of national security leading up to elections.  This year there has been discussion by the candidates about the issue but specifics have not been forthcoming.  The economy will always be the number one issue as voters are, and should be, concerned about jobs and providing for their families. In this election cycle, however, national security issues are just as important because: 1) the safety and security of the homeland is in doubt and 2) a lapse in security now has a greater potential than ever to negatively impact the economy.

Republican candidates have the chance to distance themselves from each other and from the Democratic field if voters can be convinced that their specific approach to national security issues is the right approach.

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