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GETTY IMAGES Sen. Lindsey Graham. MANCHESTER , N . H . If the American Dream has meant anything, it’s owning your home. “No greater contribution could be made to the stability of the nation and the advancement of its ideals,’’ President Calvin Coolidge said 90 years ago, “than to make it a nation of home-owning families.’’ Nearly eight decades later, President Clinton left o ce boasting of “the highest homeowning rate in our history.’’ That rate was even higher in 2004, when President George W. Bush accepted the GOP nomination and touted “the ownership society.’’ B ut in this president ial election, homeown- ership is an issue no c andidate wants to own, and f ew even touch. This was apparent last week at aconference in New Hampshire on what its organizers called “the silent housing crisis.’’ Speaker after speaker bemoaned the candidates’ neglect of falling home- ownership and rising rents. Housing is “the least talked about issue on the campaign trail,’’ said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of seven presidential c andidates to speak at the conference. “Most politicians have no idea.’’ According to the Terwilliger Foundation, which specializes in housing and organized the conference, almost 11 million renter households (27% of all renters) pay more than half their incomes for housing. Home- ownership has been falling for the past decade, leaving the rate (63.4%) where it was in 1967. If this is a crisis, it drew none of the leading candidates to the conference at Saint Anselm College — not Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Ben Carson, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina or Donald Trump. W hy isn’t anyone talking about housing? Two reasons: u First, the attempt by the Clinton and Bush administrations to create more homeowners by making it much easier to get mortgages is seen as a primary cause of the housing bubble that helped plunge the nation into a r ecession from which it’s still recovering. u Second, terms such as “affordable housing’’ and “subsidized housing’’ turn o some voters, especially the more conservative. “When people hear ‘a ordable h ousing,’ they think ‘public hous- i ng,’’’ explained former Maryland g overnor Martin O’Malley, another of the candidates at the conference. The term “workforce housing’’ — denoting middle- class stalwarts such as teachers and police o cers — is more inclusive, he said. Whatever you call it, housing was missing from the televised debates, despite the political resonance usually associated with such a national ideal. “ This is a classic example of why people have turned o to politics,’’ says Joel Kotkin, a scholar at Chapman University in Orange, Calif., who advocates more support for homeowner- ship. “It shows the disconnect between the political class and what people are thinking about, espe- c ially Millennials,’’ who bear the b urden of rising rents and are often shut out of home owning. Homeownership can be politic ally fraught. In July, then-candidate Rick Perry said the Great Recession was partly caused by the e orts of Hillary Clinton’s husband to increase homeownership. Low-interest loans backed by federal mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac caused a housing bubble, then a financial crisis, he said. “If Secretary Clinton wants to take credit for the ‘Clinton economy,’ then she must defend the destructive homeownership policies advocated by her husband that pushed shoddy loans to people who couldn’t a ord them, and the economic chaos that followed,” Perry said. He also attacked Jeb Bush on housing policy, saying he did not do enough to cope with the housing crash when he was Florida governor. E ven those at the New Hamps hire conference were not above jabbing the policies that created m illions of new homeowners. “A g uy in jail is probably not a good candidate for a mortgage,’’ Graham said. “We went too far.” Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee criticized the pre-2007 “push to get people into homes. … We so relaxed the defi- nition of a ordability that people were buying homes they couldn’t a ord. … That led to a disaster.” Which is why housing has been politically ostracized. “No candid ate wants to push what so recently failed,” says Christopher Leinberger, who teaches, writes and consults on housing. “It’s not the sexiest issue in the world, and it kind of depresses people,” New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said. For top candidates, homeownership not a hot topic on the campaign trail JOE RAEDLE, GETTY IMAGES Ahome is for sale in Miami. Homeownership is no longer the issue on the campaign trail it once was. Previous Clinton and Bush made it integral p art of presidencies Rick Hampson USA TODAY “(This issue) shows the disconnect between the political class and what people are thinking about.” Joel Kotkin, ascholar a t Chapman University USA TODAY—DEMOCRATANDCHRONICLE TUESDAY,OCTOBER20,2015 E3 3B IN BRIEF PRESIDENTAND PUBLISHER John Zidich EDITOR IN CHIEF David Callaway CHIEF REVENUE OFFICER Kevin Gentz el 7950 Jones Branch Dr., McLean, Va. 22108, 703-854-3400 Published by Gannett The local edition of USA TODAYis published daily in partnership with Gannett Newspapers Advertising: All advertising published in USA TODAYis subject to the current rate card; copies available from the advertising department. USA TODAYmay in its sole discretion edit, classify, reject or cancel at any time any advertising submitted. National, Regional: 703-854-3400 Reprint permission, copies of articles, glossy reprints: www.GannettReprints.com or call 212-221-9595 USA TODAYis a member of The Associated Press and subscribes to other news services. USA TODAY, its logo and associated graphics are registered trademarks. All rights reserved. USA TODAYis committed to accuracy. To reach us, contact Standards Editor Brent Jones at 800-8727073 or e-mail accu- racy@usatoday.com. Please indicate whether you’re responding to content online or in the newspaper. Corrections & Clarifications CIA, DHS LEADERS’ EM AIL A CCOUNTS POSSIBLY HA CKED Federal authorities are review- i ng the possible hack of personal email accounts connected to CIA Director John Brennan and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. The review follows a New York Post report that an American high school student had gained access to personal accounts used by Brennan and Johnson. Two U.S. o cials, who were not a uthorized to comment publicly on the nature of the inquiry, said no classified information was compromised. S ecret Service spokeswoman Nicole Mainor said Monday the a gency is reviewing the claims. “We are aware of the reports that have surfaced on social media and have referred the matter to t he appropriate authorities,” CIA spokesman Dean Boyd said. According to the Post ,the n ewspaper was contacted by the hacker, who claimed that he was motivated by his opposition to U.S. foreign policy and support for Palestine. The newspaper did not identify the hacker. —Kevin Johnson DOT NAMES TASK FORCE T O STAR T REGISTERING DRONES Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced Monday an e ort to register all drones, to make tracking them easier after a collision or violation of rules for safe flight. H e appointed a task force of two dozen members to develop recommendations by Nov. 20. The m embers include the Air Line Pilots Association, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International, the American Association of Airport Executives and t he Academy of Model Aeronautics, which represents hobbyists. The Federal Aviation Administration already has required reg- i stration numbers on commercial drones, as it approved 1,891 special permits through Oct. 15 for purposes such as aerial photography, pipeline inspections and agricultural monitoring. —Bart Jansen DESCRIPTION OF Z OMBICON SHOO TING SUSPECT RELEASED Police released a description Monday of the suspect in the shooting at ZombiCon over the weekend, and also put out a video s howing a man that they would like to question. T he shooting suspect is white, perhaps Hispanic, in his late teens or early 20s, the Fort Myers Police Department said. He was wearing a black T-shirt and a flat-billed black and red ball cap. After the shooting, which killed o ne man and injured five others, the suspect fled west on First Street toward the federal courthouse. —The (Fort Myers) News-Press AFP/GETTY IMAGES Aman rides his water bu alo Monday in floodwaters caused by heavy rains from Typhoon Koppu in Barangay Camanutan, Philippines. The storm left at least 11 people dead and 65,000 villagers displaced from their homes. SEEKING HIGHER GROUND Justin Trudeau, the Liberal Party leader whose late father, Pierre, led Canada for more than adecade, will be Canada’s next prime minister, ousting the Conservative’s Stephen Harper, several Canadian media outlets projected late Monday. After polls closed in most of the nation, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, along with the CTV Television Network, projected that Trudeau’s Liberal Party would sweep national parliamentary elections. Polls were still open in British Columbia, on Canada’s west coast. It is unclear whether the Liberal Party will form a minority or majority government until more votes were counted. Voters in Canada had a choice to continue Harper’s nearly 10 years of Conservative Party rule or turn left underTrudeau. Pre- election polls gave an edge to the Liberals, led by Trudeau, 43. Harper, 56, had hoped to win a rare fourth term in the elections to fill 338 seats in Parliament. The campaign lasting 11 weeks was the country’s longest and most expensive in more than 140 years. Trudeau had promised to cut taxes for the middle class, raise taxes on the wealthiest 1% and boost government deficits to stimulate Canada’s sluggish economy. “We have a chance to bring real change to Canada and bring an end to the Harper decade,” Trudeau said Monday in Harper’s adopted home province of Alberta, traditionally a Conservative stronghold, according to the Associated Press. Trudeau, a former schoolteacher and member of Parliament since 2008, would become the second youngest prime minister in Canadian history. He has proposed improving re- lations between Canada and the United States. Harper’s strong stance in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline that would carry crude from Alberta to Texas has clashed with President Obama’s reluctance about the project. Trudeau supports the pipeline but says relations between the two major trading partners should not hinge on one project. Harper has also clashed with Obama on other issues, including the historic nuclear agreement that the United States and other world powers recently reached with Iran. He has been hawkish on defense, but has been hurt politically by a weak economy this year. Harper tweeted Monday, “Today, I’m asking you to vote Conservative to protect Canadian jobs and our economy,” the AP reported. Harper has nudged the traditionally center-left country to the right, lowering sales and corporate taxes, avoiding climate change legislation and supporting the oil industry against environmentalists. He campaigned on a promise of ensuring “stability, not risk” and cast Trudeau as “just not ready” for higher o ce. But Trudeau’s performances in five debates received strong reviews. As recently as 2011, the Conservatives won 38% of the vote to the Liberals’ 26%, with 19% for the New Democratic Party. New Democratic Party leader Thomas Mulcair has said he would be willing to work with Trudeau to form a government if no party won a majority of seats. Canadian election rules allow candidates to win parliamentary districts with a plurality of the vote rather than an outright majority. That makes it possible for a party to win a majority of seats with less than a majority of the national vote. Reports: Liberals win Canada vote NICHOLAS KAMM,AFP/GETTY IMAGES Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau leaves after casting his ballot with his wife, Sophie, and their kids. Several Canadian media outlets projected him to be the next prime minister. Results poised to end 10-year rule of Harper and Conservatives Gregg Zoroya and Greg Toppo USA TODAY

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