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Well, naturally, Obama and Reagan.* **

*STANDARD MARK THOMPSON DISCLAIMER #1: None of the above should be interpreted as an endorsement or attack on the substance of the policies of either party referred to herein.

**POST-SPECIFIC DISCLAIMER: Policy-specific speeches are inherently poorly equipped to motivate voters to support the speaker; when they do motivate voters, it is by turning the policy into an emotional, life-or-death issue of "us" vs. "them." Principle-oriented rhetoric is successful precisely because it doesn't go into much detail on policy, allowing voters to support the candidate purely on the candidate's articulated principles rather than trying to determine whether the candidate's policy prescriptions fit the voter's individual principles.