On "The Situation Room" today, we asked viewers the following questions, and here are some of our favorite responses that we didn't get to read on air:What initiative would you put on your state's ballot?
I'd like to see real, actual campaign finance reform, even if only at the state level. Cap spending on campaigns at a certain level for all candidates so we have less fund raising, less soft money, and more work.Rich, Jacksonville, Florida
Jack, How about a ballot initiative for California to secede from the U.S.?Henry, Los Angeles, California
An initiative that states elected officials shall only be paid the median income of the area they represent.Alex
Here in North Carolina, I would like to see a ballot initiative to ban smoking in all restaurants.Tim, Greensboro, North Carolina
Any soldier that carries a weapon in a war theater should have a substantial increase in their pay. The risk of combat should be rewarded with an income at least as much as some congressman.W., New MexicoHow much damage has the Bush administration's agenda done to the Republican Party?
My mother, who first voted for president in 1960, has always voted Republican. She has said it will be a long time before she votes Republican again.Eddie, Star City, Arkansas
Dear Jack, Abraham Lincoln is turning over in his grave. The party founded 150 years ago amidst a crusade against slavery has become a conglomeration of greed and intolerance. The Bush years have discredited the GOP label for a generation.Hans, Washington, D.C.
The Bush agenda has done huge damage to the Republican Party, which is not going to be able to be repaired in the near term and which will hurt Republican candidates in the 2008 election. The GOP has traditionally stood for limited government to protect equal rights. So much of what the Bush agenda has been about is contrary to these principles.Rex, Sheridan, Wyoming