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photoIt was George W. Bush who championed "compassionate conservatism" in his 2000 White House run. But in the intervening four years, the Bush White House governed from the right. The administration put a historic, albeit divisive, stamp on American politics by enacting sweeping social, economic, and foreign policies.

Pundits, politicians, and voters of all stripes are saying Election 2004 is huge, even history-making. It is, above all, a referendum on George W. Bush's first four years in the White House.

Click one of the "Listen" links to hear about President Bush's first term, its place in American history, and its impact on the race for the White House.

Guests:

Dana Milbank, White House correspondent, The Washington Post

Joe Klein, senior writer and political correspondent, TIME Magazine

Maura Reynolds, White House correspondent, The Los Angeles Times

Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH).

This program aired on August 31, 2004.

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