Divisions in American Politics

Divisions in American politics

Understanding American politics—why Democratic and Republican politicians take certain positions and oppose each other's policies—requires knowing what issues dominate political debate and how the electoral bases of the parties differ. Who does each party represent and what are their concerns? What are the partisan arguments about? Figuring out these differences has not been easy in recent years. Politicians articulate very different views about what is central to our politics. During the 2004 campaign, Democratic vice presidential candidate John Edwards shared the following story:

I grew up in a small town in rural North Carolina, a place called Robbins. My father, he worked in a mill all his life, and I can still remember vividly the men and women who ...

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