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Former Bush Strategist Says Osama Death Shows Political Unity

Austin resident Mark McKinnon is a former strategist for President George W. Bush.
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Austin resident Mark McKinnon is a former strategist for President George W. Bush.

A key advisor to former President George W. Bush says the killing of Osama bin Laden marks an end to a journey that started during the Clinton Administration.   Mark McKinnon, who is now with the Austin firm Public Strategies, tells KUT News that it's the first time in a decade that the country has come together as one, crossing political and ideological lines.

"Under President Bush was when they identified the courier," McKinnon said. "The CIA identified the courier who then led President Obama's team to the location.  So this is a great example of American intelligence, but also continuity through two different political administrations of a different party to achieve an outcome that was good for the country."

McKinnon said the death of bin Laden could be a tremendous political upside for President Obama.  But he also noted that President George H. W. Bush had a 90 percent approval rating after Operation Desert Storm, but still lost his bid for reelection the next year.

Ian Crawford joined KUT as News Editor in 2008, after spending over four years as a reporter/anchor at KLBJ Radio in Austin. He began his broadcasting career while still in high school in Southern Oregon. During high school and college at the University of Oregon, he worked at times as a reporter, news anchor, sports play-by-play reporter, music host and commercial producer before moving to Texas in 2003.
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