Who Is The Real Flip-Flopper In This Year's Presidential Election?

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Editor:

When Don Castleman, the chairman of the Republican Party in Gila County, asked for comments to his recent letter to the editor, we decided to take him up on his challenge.

We want to clear the air regarding who is the real "flip-flopper" in this campaign, and whose record speaks volumes about their character.

The president would have been opposed to campaign finance reform and then supported it.

The president would have been against a Homeland Security Department and then supported it.

The president would have been against a 9/11 Commission and then supported it.

The president would have been against nation-building during the presidential campaign, and then not only supported it, but made it a key component in his re-election pitch.

The president would have taken the position that it was up to the states to decide on gay marriage, and then changed his position by advocating a federal constitutional amendment that would prohibit same-sex matrimony.

The president could have claimed that he was the "education president," then failed to fully fund key education programs.

The president would have been opposed to National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice testifying in front of the 9/11 Commission citing "separation of powers," then later decided he was for her testifying.

Suppose the president supported free trade, then, because of Pennsylvania's 21 electoral votes, supported tariffs on steel, then opposed the tariffs, and was now back to supporting free trade?

What if the president was against Iraq's Ba'ath party members holding office or government jobs in Iraq, then changed his mind?

Imagine if the president said we must not appease terrorists, then lifted trade sanctions on Pakistan, which pardoned its official who sold nuclear secrets to Iran, Libya and North Korea?

If Bush administration officials had said that the Geneva Conventions don't apply to "enemy combatants," and now claimed they do, would that be considered a flip-flop?

What if the president had made the following two quotes?

"The most important thing is for us to find Osama Bin Laden. It is our No. 1 priority and we will not rest until we find him." -- George W. Bush, Sept. 13, 2001.

"I don't know where he is. I have no idea, and I really don't care. it's not that important. It's not our priority." -- George W. Bush, March 13, 2002.

Should those who dwell in glass houses or run for political office refrain from throwing stones?

Evangeline Cleave, Leo Willemarck, Victoria Sanchez

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