Candidates and the Environment

NPR's John Nielsen reports on the way environment has begun to play a role in the presidential campaign. Candidates are likely to follow the standard set in the 1988 election when George Bush effectively neutralized Massachusetts governor Michael Dukakis' eco-record by pointing out how polluted Boston harbor was. As a wedge issue, environment is a way to peel swing voters away from opponents. And it's usually the other candidate's record, rather than one's own, that becomes each candidate's focus.

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