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Why won't the candidates debate the issues?

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.

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

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 and against our own interest.

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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.

George W. Towle, Timonium

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