In every campaign season, the electorate is besieged with candidates’ viewpoints on issues and policy. Far too often, campaigns focus on matters that simply do not matter, such as: who paid what in taxes, what did candidate X do for a living 15 years ago, and so on. This year, unlike any other year in my lifetime, the electorate must accept the irrefutable fact that they cannot be distracted by things that simply do not matter to our country’s recovery.
This year the stakes are too high.
In 2012, a decision made by the voter must focus on the candidates’ big ideas and the issues that matter: How do we get America back to work? What is required to avoid a debt crisis that will crush us? How does America defend itself and its interests in an increasingly dangerous world? What must we do to hand our children and grandchildren an America that is free and where liberty is king?
I have tried to run my campaign focusing on these things that matter.
Yes, of course it is necessary on occasion to respond to the attacks of my opponent on unimportant things. But I hope that between now and November 6, we can keep talking about the big ideas and the issues that matter. I hope that I will make you proud to support me by doing so.