Your Opinion: Primary chance to reject fringe

Dear Editor:

On Aug. 7, Missouri Republicans have the opportunity to show the nation that Missouri has not succumbed to the recklessness of the ultra-conservative fringes or the zealousness of the tea party ideology as has been portrayed in this year’s political rhetoric. The most important Republican race will be that of the U.S. Senate primary where the plan is to replace Claire McCaskell at all costs.

I support Sen. McCaskell’s fine work on veterans’ issues as well as her dependable, thoughtful and intelligent representation of Missouri’s issues that truly puts Missouri first rather than furthering ideological agendas that serve only small numbers of Missourians.

I am hopeful that Missourians will say no to candidates who support narrow ideological proposals. I believe such plans would be disastrous for our state. I have seen television ads featuring endorsements from highprofile characters praising records of incredibly narrow sets of values and conservative causes such as introducing legislation that would set federal spending caps without any ideas on how this might be accomplished and repealing our new health care law which insures more Missourians than ever before at a reduced cost. Anyone can criticize policy, but it takes a real leader to identify and implement solutions that won’t break the backs of our fragile middle class.

Our state deserves so much more than a narrow candidate that wants to privatize Medicare, continue tax breaks for the one percent and disrespects the president of the United States at every opportunity.

I hope that our Missouri Republicans will vote for a candidate that is able to join in a real debate about the best ways to keep this country moving forward.

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