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Emphasize American exceptionalism; a force for good in world

The Republican nominee should adopt a confident, nationalist tone emphasizing American exceptionalism, expressing pride in the United States as a force for good in the world, and advocating for an America that is once again respected (and, in some quarters, feared) as the preeminent global power. Obama acts as if he sees the United States as a flawed giant, a mistake that voters already perceive. After all, this is the president who said, "I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism." Voters also sense he is content to manage America's decline to a status where the United States is just one country among many. As he put it, his is "a U.S. leadership that recognizes our limits."
Source: Karl Rove & Ed Gillespie in Foreign Policy mag, "Beat Obama" , Feb 27, 2012

1984: Threat of Communism drove me to Reagan

As an Irish Catholic born in NJ the year John . Kennedy was inaugurated as the 1st Catholic president of the US, I all but had "Democrat" stamped on my birth certificate.

And yet, I related much more to Ronald Reagan in 1984 than to Walter Mondale. The threat of communism and its oppression of the Catholic faith drove much of my perspective. As a child sitting in the pews of St. Ann's in the Pines, I would hear occasional Sunday pleas from the pulpit to pray for the Catholics trapped behind the Iron Curtain. As early as 8th grade, I had written an essay on the threat posed by the spread of communism. One of my favorite books as a teenager as "The Jesuit," a fictional thriller about a priest organizing underground masses in the old Soviet Union, and I found Pope John Paul II's rise from communism Poland to the chair of St. Peter inspirational.

Source: Winning Right, by Ed Gillespie, p.125-126 , Sep 5, 2006

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