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Better East Texas: Candidate appeal

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By Pat Stacey

Republicans continue to be only luke warm on Mitt Romney as their party's candidate and it is showing in the polls.  Mr. Romney seems to also be doing his best to alienate voters that are on the fence.  The most recent incident is the situation where Romney claims, on a video from a private party, that 47% of the population is dependent on government help and will not vote for him.  He has continued to try to defend his words and it just isn't working for him.  This is the most recent in a string of gaffs including the infamous 10-thousand dollar bet with Rick Perry, the refusal to release extra years of federal tax returns and others.  Romney may be the best qualified of the two candidates to move the economy forward but he has been his own worst enemy.  Meanwhile President Obama is sailing along, lobbing P-R grenades and occasionally defending a very poor economic record.  This race seems to be more about packaging than substance and I continue to say – it ain't right.  The American people need more than the best marketing machine to be elected president.  We must have substance in the White House no matter the party, with the ability to fix, and lead the government through fixing, the economy.  I would be interested in hearing from you on what you feel are the biggest, honest-to-goodness real attributes of the two candidates.  I will read the best ones in this segment so send your thoughts to this email address.

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