It turned out that national security was not as central to the election as had been thought, many voters in mid-Western states stressed personal values and morality.
But nevertheless, if the Bush administration stands for anything, it is for defending national security. After the unprecedented terrorist attacks of September 11 2001 and two wars, Bush describes himself as the ‘war president’. In terms of the international impact of the election, security will be the focus.
How well has the administration done in defending the United States against the major challenges to its national security? Is it more secure now than it was before the arrival of President George Bush? What can we expect from his second term?