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Tony Rezko

The problem with Trump's rhetoric

The problem with Trump's rhetoric

In rhetorical study, we know that presidential campaigns are essentially persuasion campaigns that comprise agenda — the issues discussed — and spin, essentially the way they're discussed.

In 1960, the question of what to do if "Red China" — as it was called then — imperiled the islands of Quemoy and Matsu became the focal point of a major debate and campaign dispute between John F. Kennedy and Richard M. Nixon in their close election. Kennedy made Quemoy and Matsu into a representative issue that illustrated how he and Vice President Nixon differed in their dependability in handling nuclear weapons policy. And he won the election.

That was the first...