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In the United States, the Cold War was caused in part by the differences between the Republicans and the Democrats. The Democrats were in power in the government in the time after WWII. The Republicans needed a weapon to use against them. One such weapon was communism. The Republicans criticized the Democrats for allowing such things as the "loss" of China. To protect themselves, the Democrats had to show themselves to be tough on communism. They could not seem like they were giving in to or compromising with the Soviets. Their desire to be tough helped cause the Cold War by helping to heighten tensions with the Soviets.
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