Closing churches could cost swing votes

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The defeat of former President George H.W. Bush in the 1992 presidential election shows that closing churches or otherwise shutting down church practices can lead to opposition by a critical group of swing voters. Antonia Novello was the surgeon general under the Bush administration. While Bush had other liabilities in addition to Novello, his surgeon general’s drunken driving prevention agenda torpedoed Bush’s support among those he was counting on to save him. Bush tended to ignore economic problems, probably aware that the voters lost faith in his economic promises after he reneged on his “no new taxes” pledge and that he was in part responsible for the recession. Bush courted those attracted to “family values,” swing voters who provided Ronald Reagan with formerly Dem
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