Craig Rimmerman, professor of political science, was quoted in the Daily Tar Heel (Chapel Hill, N.C.) in an article titled “http://www.hws.edu/news/update/showwebclip.asp?webclipid=1317″>”Bush stance on marriage could spur both parties” from the Feb. 26 issue. President Bush's proposed constitutional ban on gay marriage could be an intentional plan by Bush to polarize voters, said Rimmerman. “What they are banking on is that they can use (gay marriage) as a wedge issue. They know that this is a very controversial issue that can be used to scare people away from potentially supporting the Democratic nominee.”
He was also featured in an MSNBC Web story from Feb. 20, titled “Battle joined over same-sex marriage.” The article surveyed the current controversy over gay marriage, various rulings, political strategies, and what that controversy might mean for the 2004 presidential election.
“I fully expect the Bush 2004 presidential campaign to build on his marriage proposal in order to use same-sex marriage as a wedge issue in an attempt to scare swing voters away from the Democratic party nominee,” said Rimmerman. “It will be interesting to see how the Democrats respond, especially given their own reticence in supporting same-sex marriage.”