Why won’t the can­di­dates de­bate the is­sues?

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONDE - Ge­orge W. Towle, Ti­mo­nium

I am sick of see­ing our pres­i­den­tial cam­paign re­duced to what he or she said 10 or 25 years ago. When are the de­bates go­ing to con­cen­trate on “what are you go­ing to do if you are elected?” The real is­sues are be­ing ig­nored by the media and their pun­dits.

I have been a Repub­li­can for most of my life but the cur­rent Repub­li­can Party in­sid­ers are a sham. If one of them were to be elected we would sim­ply go along to get along — just like John McCain and Mitt Rom­ney would have done.

My first choice in this elec­tion was Ben Car­son be­cause he was smart, ex­pe­ri­enced in life and an out­sider who could, like Don­ald Trump, change the di­rec­tion of our coun­try.

The is­sues in this elec­tion are: Do we elect a can­di­date who will give our coun­try a chance to im­prove our econ­omy, sup­port the pri­vate sec­tor, con­trol our bor­ders and deal with the rest of the world from a po­si­tion of strength? Or do we elect some­one who wants to con­tinue the woe­ful last seven and a half years, con­tinue to deal with an econ­omy in stag­na­tion, give the fed­eral gov­ern­ment more power over our lives, have open bor­ders much like the Euro­pean Union and con­tinue to act weak in­ter­na­tion­ally?.

To me the choice is clear, but the de­ci­sion has to be based on what the can­di­dates will do in the fu­ture, not what they have done in their per­sonal lives in the past. Both Don­ald Trump and Hil­lary Clin­ton fall woe­fully short by that stan­dard.

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