Have the past 12 years called the Muslim American community to own their civic duty and to mobilize their vote, or will the communities' growing impatience with domestic and foreign policy keep them away from the polls?
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Some candidates appear not to realize that the American Muslim community has a significant number of political conservatives sympathetic to many Republican Party platform issues.
Powell's surprisingly tolerant words reflect a growing Republican self-awareness of previously unchecked "smear by Muslim association" rhetoric.
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