Pick Gingrich? Not so fast

I beg to differ with Mr. Capes about the abilities of Newt Gingrich to lead our country (“When in doubt, pick Newt,” Feb. 6).

While Gingrich has a facile brain, a sharp wit, a good debating record and a wealth of experience in government service, he’s also faster than Quick-Draw McGraw to show his temper when challenged.

Capes’ phrase “slinging slime” appears to be more applicable to Gingrich than to anyone else on the Republican ticket. His very accessible record shows that he resorts to innuendo, outright prevarication and snarling when he doesn’t get his way. I would call that desperation, not the credentials of a national leader!

I also think his conservative views have been manufactured and touted as sincere when necessary, but wouldn’t hold up to his expedient nature. He’s the one with the racy record from his years in Washington! I’m not sure how he thinks “live free or die” fits into his mantra.

I find it odd that Mitt Romney should be held accountable for running companies and making money. The alternative would be to fail in that endeavor. Would he then be an acceptable candidate? He was the recipient of slime in the beginning, not the slinger.

This campaign for the Republican nomination for president should focus on real issues of taking this country back to the time when we were admired. I also think the initial crowd of would-be candidates gave the appearance of a tent circus.

Now more than ever we need to get serious about changing to a leader who has true American values at heart. We’re down to Ron Paul, a Libertarian who knows he won’t win; Rick Santorum, who espouses to be the true conservative, but whose record as a U.S. senator proves otherwise; Gingrich, tarnished by years as a Washington insider; and Romney.

My wish is that people who want a true change in Washington do their homework on the candidates before voting in November, and then be sure to vote!

Molly Gray

Aiken, S.C.

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