Although the US public trusts Sen. Barack Obama to handle the economy far more than it does Sen. John McCain, the two are viewed as equally able with regard to handling Iraq and the ‘war on terrorism.’ Of course, given that the public in earlier years had tended to give the edge to Republicans on security issues, that Obama has drawn even on these questions is actually a big advance.
About the Author
Juan Cole is the founder and chief editor of Informed Comment and Richard P. Mitchell Professor of History at the University of Michigan. Follow him at @jricole. He is author of, among many other books, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires.