Post-war Iraq has been central in many critiques of the Bush administration, and the debate in the last six months over the planned delivery of Iraqi sovereignty has caused it to become a key election issue.
The surprise early handover of Iraq on June 28 changed the tide of the overwhelmingly negative press regarding this topic. The timing was critical for the Bush campaign, as other controversial issues, such as gay marriage and offshore outsourcing, have fallen to the side as the media focuses on Iraq.
Most frequent messages
1. Bush looks for political edge from Iraqi handover
2. Bush/Blair hail handover as a fresh start for Iraq
3. Bush appears victorious after handover at NATO summit
4. Kerry says security is vital and calls on Bush to seek help from allies
5. Bush pins hope for Iraq on NATO involvement
Based on 117 national, business, and top regional media articles appearing June 28, 2004
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