Forum, Nov. 8: Who is best qualified to lead?

Published: 11/7/2019 10:00:28 PM
Modified: 11/7/2019 10:00:17 PM
Who is best qualified to lead?

While the field of Democratic presidential contenders is still crowded, one candidate stands out from the pack: U.S. Sen. Cory Booker. Booker’s recent campaign appearance at Dartmouth College underscored his ability to connect with an audience, especially the young voters who must be mobilized to win back the White House.

A graduate of Stanford, a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale-educated lawyer, Cory showed the crowd that he is not just a powerful speaker, but also a candidate with the unique ability to unite our country and take on the complex, global problems we face. In his remarks and in his answers, it was clear that above all, Booker is a fierce advocate for justice and opportunity for all.

From his proposal — unique in this Democratic field — to address the problem of child poverty here in New Hampshire to his consistent support for reproductive freedom nationwide, Booker brings strong policy platforms and a long history of winning tough battles to this primary campaign. But he also has something others don’t: a deep commitment and a focus on bringing us together as a nation to take on the challenges ahead, and a message of unity that has been sorely lacking from this administration.

Booker’s courageous empathy and undeniable charisma distinguish him from others who are running. As Booker himself has said, “people want somebody that can excite the whole electorate, that can energize and heal this country.” That is the person I saw at Dartmouth and exactly what I want in a candidate, and why I’m proud to support Booker in this race.

If you’re looking for a candidate who has integrity, is level-headed and well-spoken, knows how to be a team player and is an experienced leader who will fight for us — look no further. You name it, Cory Booker’s got it.

LIZA DRAPER

Claremont

Pete Buttigieg is our best hope

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg will speak at Lebanon Middle School in Lebanon on Saturday. We need a presidential candidate who can reach past President Donald Trump’s anger, unpredictability and destructiveness, one who can bring good people from all sides of the political argument to recognize our common values and act on them. One who can make plain the goals that almost all Americans share, when they can get past the antagonism and shouting. A truly civil society to solve our nation’s problems that respects the dignity and potential of every human being. Opportunity for all our residents, citizen or not, to grow and contribute to our nation and our neighborhoods. Therefore: education, health care, a place to live and a place to work. Joining hands with other nations to accelerate the fight against climate change (or extreme weather, if you want) which grows more drastic here and everywhere each month.

Buttigieg is religious. I am not. But we share common ethics and common goals. I recognize his enormous organizational capacity, his bottomless interest in other people’s opinions and knowledge, and his ability to bring diverse people together to work together. The young and the old, the left, right and center, the diverse subgroups of our national culture, the disenfranchised and those who step out in front of the parade. I think the American people have had enough of shouting and hatred. Working together is what creates lasting reform. Pete Buttigieg is our best hope for doing that. And he has the gift of oratory. To hear him, come to Lebanon Middle School, on Route 4 east of town, on Saturday, from 10:15 to noon.

SUSAN W. ALMY

Lebanon

The writer represents Lebanon in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.

Tulsi Gabbard appeals to all

On Tuesday morning, I had the pleasure of attending U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s filing with the New Hampshire Secretary of State’s Office for the New Hampshire primary. Those of you who don’t know about Gabbard — her 16 years of military service, including two tours of duty in the Middle East, her service on the Foreign Affairs Committee and the Armed Services Committee, her outspoken criticism of regime change wars and the “new cold war” — can go to her website, www.tulsi2020.com, for complete information.

What you won’t learn there is that Gabbard is driven, intelligent, honest, articulate, personable, and physically and mentally fit (she’s an avid surfer and does mixed marshal arts). She is the only candidate who could beat President Donald Trump, literally and figuratively.

More important, she is the only candidate who appeals to all voters. Her mantra of “serving of, by and for the people” is backed up by seeing who attends her town halls. I have been to several and it is common for Republicans, Independents, Libertarians and Democrats to attend, ask questions and show support for her.

Gabbard will make her first visit to the Upper Valley on Saturday, at 6 p.m., at Salt hill Pub in Lebanon. I ask all Upper Valley voters, no matter what stripe, to attend, listen to what she stands for, ask her the tough questions and make up your own mind to vote for Tulsi Gabbard.

GARY L. HUTCHINS

Enfield




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