By Leigh Shalloway
I’ve been reading a lot about the first set of debates and the horrible job that Joe Biden did. I still feel that out of all the candidates out there, he remains the person who best represents my views.
He did badly because he didn’t act like the moderate I know he is. Instead, he tried to outleft the left.
What’s happening at our borders is reprehensible, but did Biden really mean to support full health care for undocumented immigrants when many of our own citizens, particularly in rural areas, don’t have good health care options at all?
As far as his past record, Biden should stop apologizing. Just tell the voters that some of those earlier opinions have changed. After all, isn’t that true for all of us?
We need to look at the context of what was happening at the time past legislation was enacted. After all, many African Americans supported Clarence Thomas for the Supreme Court, only to find out later that he actually represented the far right.
My major problem with the left is that they don’t seem to have any desire to compromise. I love the idea of free health care, but I want to keep my own doctors. Free college tuition is great, but what about those of us who have already paid for our children? Will we get a refund? What about graduate degrees, which is where most of the student debt comes from?
I do believe we have to do our best to compromise. Seats turned blue in the House of Representatives last year because of moderate voters like me. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is very smart, but she represents a small district from New York, a reliably blue state.
Trump definitely doesn’t represent me. He came in promising to be an outsider—and he has been—but not the way I or many others expected. He’s added a lot of swamp to the swamp.
And as a suburban grandmother with six grandchildren, five of whom are girls, I’m appalled at his misogyny, racism and love of dictators above our allies.
Vice President Biden, you represent those of us in the middle. Please, Joe, become our voice.
Leigh Shalloway is a longtime resident of Carlsbad.
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