April 1, 2004 | News Releases on Political Thought
WASHINGTON, MARCH 31, 2004 - Ask any
politician: The stump can be a cruel place for those not up to
speed on the latest issues.
But it will be a comfortable place - for those candidates who consult The Heritage Foundation's new "Issues 2004" Web site.
Candidates, their staffs, journalists and anyone interested in public policy can access "Issues 2004." They'll find information on policy issues ranging from school choice and health care to missile defense and free trade. Each section gives an overview of a particular issue, provides recommendations and talking points, and wraps up with facts, figures and footnotes. "Issues 2004" also includes contact information for the Heritage experts who are ready to supply more information.
The "Issues" books became an election-year staple from The Heritage Foundation in 1980, when President Ronald Reagan received "Mandate for Leadership" and promptly requested copies for his entire staff and ordered them to become familiar with the contents. Until this year, it came in book form.
But issues move too fast now, and new evidence to support the positions Heritage recommends emerges almost daily. So the "publication" will exist only in its Web-based format.
One page of "Issues," updated daily, contains in-brief news reports, the latest "Wastewatcher" from Citizens Against Government Waste, and an up-to-the-minute list of available Heritage research. It also includes a capsule schedule of activities on Capitol Hill for the week as well as links to other conservative think tanks and policy groups.
Finally, the page includes links to help campaigns schedule issues briefings with Heritage experts, contact experts on particular issues and get other information on Heritage and its research.
"Our objective from the start has been to give candidates the information they need in the format they find most useful," said Michael Franc, Heritage's vice president for government relations. "We believe candidates - and anyone else interested in exploring the most pressing public-policy issues facing our nation - will find this format far more useful than anything they've seen from us before."