Is that is was an issue that most people agree on, he might as well have asked the same question but internationally, the difference is that he would risk being marginalized.
Keeping it at the domestic level made it a safe bet, and has shifted the whole debate in out favor.
Going out on limb like the OP suggests is taking a big risk of being marginalized, being labeled a "kook" and so and so forth. I don't believe it would be a succesful way to forward our agenda.
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