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GOP's bullying tactics are winning Obama's reelection for him

I have had enough of political bullying. What candidates are doing and saying to each other is tantamount to character defamation and harassment, both of which are against the law.

I am a retired teacher mentor. I substitute, provide professional development for teachers and mentors and enjoy working in a school setting. We are all there for the same reason — student achievement and success in the real world.

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But the adults in the real world who want to be president are misbehaving. If politicians would step out of their situations and take a birds-eye view, they would see that their campaigns focus on picking apart the other guy or gal, or the other party. It does not have to be this way.

I have been a liberal Democrat all my life. However, I would consider voting for any candidate who would step forward and say: "Let's solve these problems together and collaborate, making this the best country it can be. Let's stop bullying each other and work together for our nation, its businesses, its people and its ideals. Let's talk about issues, not attack each other."

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It should not take a tragedy like the Gabby Giffords shooting to get the people in Washington to reach across the aisle. Bipartisanship should be the presumption when decisions are made.

Who will be the first to stand up against political bullying? I have a feeling it will be Barack Obama, simply because the Republicans are still having too much fun harassing each other.

Gemma Staub Hoskins, Halethorpe


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