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(CNN) - The great modern American presidents have been transformational figures - Americans who could inspire a country with their words, lift it with their hopes and take our country into the future: FDR, JFK, Reagan.
These men took an uncertain country beyond economic depression and the arms race and the threat of nuclear war and led America into New Frontiers. Each began the country anew. They transformed the country they led.
Today, America faces a new global frontier, challenging our security and economic prominence. To lead us, we have chosen another New Frontier president, another transformational leader. He, like they, has the potential to inspire and unite and become one of our great transformational presidents.
May God bless him and keep him and guide him on a successful journey.
(CNN) - Well, tonight we may learn what it takes to elect a Democrat as president: a hugely unpopular Republican president. An unpopular war. An economic meltdown. But that's not enough.
You still need a Democratic candidate for president who promises tax cuts to 95% of Americans, says he might keep Gen. Petraeus and Defense Secretary Gates, opens the door to oil drilling, and supports George Bush on the FISA bill.
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(CNN) - Remember the exit polls during the Bush-Kerry race?
Ask President Kerry how much faith we should put on exit polls.
Point: If the exit polls are as wrong this year as they were four years ago, we might expect to see a closer race in some battleground states than people suspect. May not be enough to turn the electoral map upside down, but stay tuned.