Letter: Forum for undecided voters Tuesday
An column in the Oct. 23 New York Times titled “The Final Debate” characterized Mitt Romney’s responses to questions as reminiscent of a beauty pageant contestant groping for answers. Responding to that article, a blogger noted that the debates have reminded him of the process for choosing Lilliputian leaders in Jonathan Swift’s satire Gulliver’s Travels – where candidates performed a rope dance and those who could jump the highest without falling off were selected. Romney’s own campaign has had to issue disavowals of positions he has taken in the debates.
During last Monday’s debate, most pundits agreed that Romney passed the commander-in-chief “appearance” test. Yet when voters are swayed more by appearance and salesmanship than by substance, consistency and integrity, they may be hoodwinked into ignoring clear indicators as to what that candidate actually intends to do if elected.
According to a recent UNH poll, 8 percent of New Hampshire’s voters are still undecided. If you would like to seriously discuss the issues of both candidates, consider attending an issues forum for undecided voters tomorrow from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Concord Woman’s Club, 44 Pleasant St. Several current and former state and local officials will be on hand to help with the discussion, and the platforms for each party will be examined.
JEAN B. WELD-COWAN