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ELECTION: Candidates could send a message

Letter by Monika Newitt, Tacoma on Aug. 20, 2012 at 12:29 pm | 3 Comments »
August 20, 2012 1:23 pm

It seems to me that the two major candidates for president would get much more mileage out of their campaigns by focusing on what they have in common and outlining only where they differ. The energy expended in hurling insults could be put to much better use.

For example, their Medicare programs are almost identical, but an attentive public would never guess that by the divisiveness of their rhetoric.

The mud-slinging and negative ads sound like chalk on a blackboard to most voters, if nationally acclaimed political cartoons are any indicator. By modeling a spirit of cooperation, looking for the similarities rather than differences in addressing the nation’s difficulties, the candidates would send a message to Congress: that we must work together – something Congress has also failed to do.

Only one candidate will win, but as it looks right now, I’m not thrilled about voting for either of them.

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