The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


April 12, 2012

Our View: Focus on future

Now that former Sen. Rick Santorum has withdrawn from the race for the GOP nomination for president, it is almost a certainty that former Gov. Mitt Romney will be the party choice.

Barring some grave political misstep by Romney that would enrage the right wing of the GOP and cause an open convention in August, he will now begin to campaign against President Barack Obama, exclusively.

As well, the Democratic Party now has a clear target to campaign against in the person of Romney. Both Romney and Obama have been very thoroughly vetted. Romney, in particular, has been challenged by GOP candidates in almost every imaginable way. We doubt that anything new in terms of his past will be revealed that might shock the general public.

In our view, campaigning over past successes and failures should not be the focus of this campaign. It is the future that has Americans angry and afraid now, and we all want to know what can be done to improve on that future, domestically and internationally.

There is where the focus should be now. For example, we already know, despite what ruling the Supreme Court may render in June over the Affordable Care Act that Romney would try hard to repeal the ACA immediately after becoming president. What we do not know is how he would deal with health care issues without the ACA.

Americans are clearly dissatisfied with conditions in our country today. We all want to hear how to improve those conditions such as growth in the economy, lower unemployment, improving health care, and the list goes on and on.

We call on both candidates and both parties to now provide a very clear vision for America in the next four years, along with a plan to achieve that vision.

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