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Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

The criticism of Bernie Sanders that I have heard is not that he won’t make a great president, it is that he is not electable. This idea pushed by the press and, sadly, by establishment Democrats, had all the makings of a self-fulfilling prophecy in 2016 and its proponents are at it again.

I disagree. Bernie Sanders is electable. All it will take is for enough Democrats, independents and enlightened Republicans to vote for him. Knocking on doors for Bernie in 2016, I found that most people I talked with liked Bernie’s honesty, decency and strong character. Most also agreed with his ideas on policy that included government support of both health care and education through college as rights, not privileges. They liked Bernie. But they said, “I’m going with Hillary because she is more middle of the road and safer.” How did that work out for America? What if our founders had said, “Let’s forget the revolution — it’s too risky and will be quite costly, you know. Perhaps we should consider a cheaper, more moderate and incremental insurrection.”

Bernie is the only presidential candidate who has put his finger on the critical, foundational choice confronting Americans today. Either we vote for a Democrat or Republican who will allow corporations and big money to control our government and ultimately our lives, or we vote for the one Democratic candidate who, for decades, consistently and unequivocally has opposed this idea of America while supporting the vision of a government of, by and for all the people. If Americans are wise enough to choose the founders' vision of America over the corporate-big money vision that exists today, Bernie is the only candidate who is electable.

John Trainor

Tucson

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