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9/11 politics

Politics and 9/11, of course, became intertwined not long after the terrorist attacks occurred; in fact, Republicans effectively used their image in their victories in 2002 (think the Georgia Senate race) and 2004 (the GOP convention in New York). But after the bad news in Iraq and the deterioration of the GOP brand in the last two years, Republicans no longer have the advantage when it comes to terrorism. In the October 2002 NBC/WSJ poll -- just before that year's midterm elections -- Republicans held a 36-point advantage over Democrats on the question of which party would do a better job of dealing with terrorism. In the 2004 December NBC/WSJ survey -- taken after that year's presidential election -- the GOP had an 18-point advantage. In the most recent NBC/WSJ poll -- conducted in late July -- the Republicans and Democrats had an equal score on that question. 
The Concord Monitor reports on the Firefighters union criticism of Giuliani and his role during 9/11. The header: "Firefighters challenge Giuliani image."

The New York Daily News writes up that new USA Today/Gallup poll, which finds that half of Americans "believe 9/11 doesn't make Giuliani any better qualified to lead the war on terror."