Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Cafferty: Uniting the country?


Which candidate from the crop of 2008 contenders would do the best job uniting this country and why?
Mr. Cafferty, Mrs. Clinton may have more years behind her, but Mr. Obama has deep experience with a rich variety of people who have come to respect him throughout his life. This includes friends and family in Hawaii, fellow students in New York City and communities of the South Side of Chicago. Obama has been a uniter all his life, and I look forward to it reaching new levels in January 2009. -Graham, Chicago, Illinois

Biden has the experience, the ideas and the plan. Unfortunately he doesn't have the cronies, PACs or money. What a shame. -Herbert, Coral Gables, Florida

Jack, Nobody. We have a pile of candidates on each side, all of whom have drawn their lines and are searching for a base to support them. No Democrat or Republican can possibly unite the country; haven't we proven that over and over again? It is going to take a third-party candidate that owes nothing to either party. No candidate is going to make the electorate entirely happy, so the best we can hope for is someone that can say NO to both sides. -Matt, Amherst, New Hampshire

When a nation is politically polarized like this, it's a sure sign that politicians have acquired too much power. I don't have faith in any candidate. I only have faith in the public’s goodwill and common sense. -Jonathan, Youngstown, Ohio

Hi Jack, They're either pro-Iraq war or pro-amnesty. It's dumpster time for all of them! Bring in a new herd. -Jim, Longview, Washington

Should it be up to the government to protect children from secondhand smoke in cars?
Yes, Jack! It’s long overdue. If parents are too stupid to avoid smoking and destroying the children they claim to love, then we must step in to protect said children. We get upset if we see a parent apply Corporal Punishment (which I believe is perfectly OK) then SURELY smoking should be considered a far worse fate. -Ken

It makes me very scared when I hear about the government wanting to ban this or ban that... especially when it is for "our own good" or worse yet, “the good of the children". Villains who cloak themselves in good intentions are very well camouflaged. But they are villains none the less. When our freedoms are eroded, it damages us all. -Kevin, Monroe, Michigan

Jack, While smoking in a car is harmful to the children inside, there are many more important things for the government to do. Like say: close our borders, rebuild our infrastructure, provide a realistic health care program, get the troops out of the Mideast, stop building bridges to nowhere, and behave ethically. -Larry, Atlanta, Georgia

There are already laws on the books that prevent parents from poisoning their children. There is no difference here. Sadly, many parents are still too ignorant to know the harm they cause their children when they fill their cars with cigarette smoke, as their children sit helplessly in the back seat. At the very least, discussion of this proposal will raise awareness of the danger of secondhand smoke in cars. -Harrison

A bill banning smoking in a car with a young child was passed by the Arkansas state legislature and signed by then Gov. Mike Huckabee over six months ago. It's the law in Arkansas! -Ed, Tucson, Arizona
Posted By Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 8/15/2007 05:49:00 PM ET | Permalink
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