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Opinion: Helping the president is not what we elect senators, representatives to do
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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., left, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., right, participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate hosted by CNN/New York Times at Otterbein University, Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, in Westerville, Ohio. - photo by Associated Press

It is unfortunate that Mr. George Roshau of Gainesville (Oct. 18 issue of The Times) cannot find "a single Democratic candidate" that would get his vote. Perhaps it is because he feels that the function of senators and House representatives is "to help our president to do his job." This is totally wrong. 

These elected officials are in Washington to help their constituents enjoy the fruits of life and liberty, to leave a better democracy for the next generation and to ensure that the president obeys the law and upholds the Constitution.

The top three Democratic candidates (Warren, Biden, Sanders) have certainly “earned their stripes” as politicians of integrity who have knowledge of how government works.  

The lower tier Democratic candidates, who have served in elected office, also deserve consideration.  

I feel that anyone of them would appreciate Mr. Roshau's vote and would, if elected, make America again a nation that we could all be proud of; not the laughing stock of the world that Donald Trump has created. 

Howard Stacy

Gainesville

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