On the opening day of the Republican National Convention, Democrats launched a fresh media attack against President Bush's domestic and foreign policy. Opponents of the current administration say President Bush has failed to lead in key areas, such as homeland security, the war in Iraq, and job creation. A few blocks away from the Republican National Convention, Democrats have set up temporary headquarters to try and draw away some of the focus that will be on President Bush and his party this week. Democratic National Convention Chairman Terry McAuliffe says his team plans to highlight what it considers President Bush's failures. "We will not let George Bush mislead America for the next four nights, and that is the purpose of this effort out here," he said. "You have a real choice November 2." A new ad campaign, called "Mission Not Accomplished," is designed to counter a speech that President Bush made in May of 2003, when he declared victory in Iraq on an aircraft carrier under a banner that read "Mission Accomplished." Through a series of television ads, Democrats criticize the Bush administration for losing a million jobs in four years, for higher health care costs, and for what Democrats call the "go-it-alone war" in Iraq. Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack says the ad campaign is not purely negative, informs VOANews "It's not enough, as Democrats we understand, it's not enough simply to criticize where the president has miscalculated, where he has suggested that the mission is accomplished where it is not," he said. "It is important for Democrats to also underscore the fact that John Kerry and John Edwards have a better plan, a plan that will create more jobs, a plan that will lower health care costs for middle class Americans, a plan to make America safer and stronger at home and abroad, and a plan that will provide us energy independence." According to CNEWS, he's already been credited with the remarkable insight of Winston Churchill and the steadfast resolve of Ronald Reagan. Oh, and the hopeful vision of Abraham Lincoln, America's first Republican president. There will be a lot more of that kind of talk at the party's national convention as supporters do their part to reshape the image of President George W. Bush. And there's no doubt Bush needs some help. He's fallen far from the dizzy heights of popularity he enjoyed after he grabbed a bullhorn at Ground Zero of the Sept. 11 attack on New York City's World Trade Center nearly three years ago and promised a ruthless pursuit of terrorists. "He just doesn't represent the majority of people in America anymore," declared John Pirozze, who joined a huge protest march to demand Bush's ouster on the eve of the convention. The plan over the next three days is to emphasize Bush's war-time leadership, while portraying him as a larger-than-life national father figure who can keep Americans safer than Democratic challenger John Kerry. There will be a lot of talk about moral clarity, firm resolve and playing offence, all attempts to counter the hits Bush's credibility has suffered over Iraq and the faulty intelligence he used to determine deposed Iraqi president Saddam Hussein posed an imminent threat. Over 2,500 Republican delegates gathering in New York adopted a party platform on the first day of a four-day national convention on Monday, touting President George W. Bush's achievements over the past four years. Nearly 40 pages of the 98-page platform were devoted to Bush's foreign policy, particularly on the war on terrorism, which was considered as the president's major advantage in his reelection campaign. The unbinding document, which mainly reflects the president's views and positions on a wide range of issues, said in the introduction and preamble part that as a result of the two wars launched by the Bush administration in Afghanistan and Iraq, "there are more than 50 million newly freed people" in the two nations, and that the United States "is safer." On the domestic front, the platform said when Bush came to office, he inherited an "faltering economy," and that the president worked with the Congress to lower taxes, "thereby growing our economy and putting people back to work." The Republicans also laid out an agenda for the nation's futurein the platform, and said that if reelected, Bush would lead the country with "courage, hope, and resolve over the next four years." The platform's title, "A Safer World, a More Hopeful America," reflects the theme of the convention and Bush's reelection campaign. Democrats called the Republican platform an "extremist, special interest document" that they said were at odds with the views of moderate Republicans, reports Xinhuanet.
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