Local candidates: Give us two sentences on Trump
Who doesn't have a lot to say these days about President Donald Trump, as we all perch on the precipice of what everyone can seem to agree on: This will probably be the most consequential election of our lifetime.
Alas, the president, now fresh from what he calls a miracle cure of COVID-19, has been doing his best all year to undermine confidence in the process and the outcome of the election, trying to kick another leg out from under our democracy, accelerating attacks on our institutions and allies.
But don't take that assessment from me.
I am proposing here that all of us in southeastern Connecticut hear from the voices that should count the most: the candidates who are on the ballot for this most important election.
Sure, I want to hear from candidates about all kinds of things about Connecticut, finances and policies, even tolls.
But most important I want to hear, no matter what party those candidates belong to, what they think another Trump term will mean for our country and our state, as we navigate the treacherous shoals of a continuing pandemic, racial turmoil and the Trump/COVID-19 recession.
Yes, Joe Biden is at the head of the Democratic ticket and I'm not soliciting two sentences about him.
But Biden hasn't been a norm-breaking president for three years. Even Trump supporters will admit their candidate has changed the presidency. He's a phenomenon of American politics who has brought us to a new brink, good or bad, depending on whether you plan to vote for him and his remake of the Republican Party.
So let us know what you think, on the cusp of this historic election, about President Trump. You've all signed up to be leaders. Start here.
Please, if you are on the ballot here in eastern Connecticut, send along two sentences with your thoughts about four more years of Trump.
Kindly keep it short and sweet, about 14 words in all. Two sentences should allow room for making separate points. Devote one to Biden if you like. Send them along by Monday.
We'll publish them all, as long as they are within the newspaper's guidelines for suitability for family reading.
I hope I get a lot of takers. It seems like a no-brainer, right?
What candidate doesn't want to weigh in on the most pressing issue of the day, with a promise to reach a lot of eyeballs in the region's largest newspaper. Make it a free, unedited message to voters.
You don't even have to endorse or renounce if you are a Republican. You can craft a lot of nuance with 14 words.
But, really, don't you have something to say?
There's a lot of data, like contributions from Connecticut for the two presidential candidates, that indicate Trump won't do very well here in blue Connecticut.
Consequently, Republicans here are generally reluctant to comment about the candidate at the head of their ticket.
If you are a Republican voter, don't let them get away with this. If you are Trump supporter, demand that the candidates say what they think about a second Trump term.
Honestly, the notion put forward by any candidate that this Republican president hasn't already had enormous influence on Connecticut, its budget, its climate, the taxes its citizens pay and its health and health coverage, is preposterous.
So, all you candidates from eastern Connecticut running for state Senate or the House, please tell us what you think about President Trump. Email two sentences to me at firstname.lastname@example.org with "two sentences" in the subject line.
I'll also send out some R.S.V.P. emails.
Don't miss out on free space in your favorite newspaper. Don't let the space after your name go blank.
Every politician has something to say about everything, right?
This is the opinion of David Collins.
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