Thousands flock to free medical clinic, as Washington dithers on health care
These events are staged nationwide, but the Wise clinic is among the biggest, drawing people from throughout Appalachia and casting Washington’s sterile political debates into the starkest human terms.
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My question: Does 'casting debate into' have the same meaning as 'casting debate in' ?
Merriam-Webster learner's Dictionary (learnersDictionary.com) explains 'cast' as
7 : to talk about or think of (someone or something) in a particular way
example sentence: Health care issues are often cast in economic terms