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August 31, 2004

We are supposed to be a nation that can compromise

Dear George:

I am an independent voter and am frankly afraid and appalled this election year. We are supposed to be a nation that can compromise when it comes to difficult issues. The problem is that it is hard to do so with someone who sees only black and white.

Everything I have been reading and hearing says that the country is divided like never before. The Democrats only agenda is to get Bush out of office and they are braced for the battle of a lifetime. Unfortunately, the democratic nominee is not a strong one. John Kerry is seen as a waffler on too many issues. He holds the reigns of the party only out of fear of a Bush victory.

On the other hand it seems, the Bush team has a very limited agenda also, which is the war on terror and the lining of their own pockets. The Republicans are starting to think about the real possibility of being defeated. The polls are too close to call. The Bush/Cheney ticket poses another problem as well.

If they do get elected, the margin will be a narrow one and you will have an uphill battle fighting all the antipathy created not only in this country, but the rest of the world. I don't see how you could be an effective president. Are you going to attack another country in the name of terrorism when your approval ratings sink?

I wish you, George W. would recognize your success after 9/11 is a thing of the past and it is time for the country and the world to move on. If you were a real leader you would recognize this and bow out for the sake of world harmony. But I know you are not the kind of person that can admit to making some mistakes and put other's interest ahead of your own.

Therefore, I call on Governor George Pataki to step up to the plate and arrange a team that could convince the Republican delegates that he is a much safer choice and a candidate that could beat John Kerry.

Everyone would win, except for Bush/Cheney and our children could have hope again and grow up in a much safer world.

David
Age 43
Rome, NY

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