Your Opinion: Campaign in 'non-swing' states

Dear Editor:

We have seen an agreement between senatorial candidates in Massachusetts this election cycle that has so far been able to keep special interest groups from using the airwaves to ridicule and distort either candidate.

Such an agreement will hopefully inspire similar pacts between candidates across the country. Such an agreement in the presidential race would no doubt be welcomed by all except those in the media that profit from airing the ads. But with no hope of that happening anytime soon, I would like to propose another type of agreement.

Obama and Romney are both spending all of their time campaigning in only a handful of states. Since the victorious candidate will be president of the entire country, it seems reasonable that these candidates should be visiting and talking with voters in every state.

However neither candidate would be willing to visit a “non-swing” state knowing that at the same time his opponent was potentially winning over a few votes in Florida or Ohio. This is where a gentleman’s agreement should come in.

Both candidates should agree to spend at least one day a week for the duration of the campaign visiting non-swing states. A list of what actually constitutes a swing or non-swing state could be agreed upon between the campaigns. One day out of every seven seems like a modest proposal but it is one that would allow the entire country to see those that wish to lead them.

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