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Better East Texas: Caustic campaigning

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By Pat Stacey

Listening to the words of former President Bill Clinton stump for current President Barrack Obama, you would think that our country and the world were on the verge of anarchy and the next President of the United States holds the key.  But that is not the case – some would say we are pretty close to chaos but President Clinton's words about Governor Mitt Romney are pretty caustic.  It is one thing when a group of candidates are each vying for their party's nomination and TV ads and other marketing messages get ugly but to have a former president using terms like "calamitous for America and the world" when describing a Romney presidency is pretty divisive.  We have enough division in government and is there really solid hope that President Clinton will sway some undecideds with words like calamitous?  I think not.  If a former president is going to be active in a campaign, they really need to take the high road, America needs them to take the high road and endorse their party's pick and talk about the nominees record and avoid a divisive tone in their speech.  It also goes for local and state candidates when using retired or retiring office holders to deliver their message.  We need campaigns at all levels out of the gutter and focused on the problem solving abilities and plans of the candidates.  So please stand down President Clinton and others unless you are promoting the positives of your candidate and that will make for a stronger election process and a Better East Texas.

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