04/02/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

GOP Throws 'Soft On Terror' Charge Back At Democrats

A series of recent controversies -- capped by Friday's decision to pull a key 9/11 trial out of Manhattan -- is prompting Republicans to turn up the pressure on President Barack Obama, by resurrecting the kind of "soft on terrorism" charge that has dogged Democrats in the past.

Obama largely escaped any controversy over terrorism in the 2008 campaign, because voters were so focused on the economic crisis and because many were supportive of Obama's plans to break from the Bush-era war on terror, by ending the Iraq war and shutting down Guantanamo Bay prison.

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