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Strong choice for strong nation: The case for Obama

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By Meg Boyle

I voted for Barack Obama this morning. I haven’t been the staunchest of his supporters but after the limelight dims and the flush of Obamania passes, I see in Obama a strong leader who will restore our confidence and bring us through the difficult time ahead.

As both candidates lack executive experience, a fair indicator of how each will govern is the skill with which he ran his campaign. McCain has run a campaign that has been short on message, lacking strategy and frustratingly tone deaf to the priorities of voters. (Five words: “I will suspend my campaign.” Two more: “Sarah Palin.”) In contrast, Obama has run a disciplined and near-flawless campaign, has made measured, strong decisions and has performed exceptionally well under pressure.Obama has shown sound judgment during the campaign and is unafraid of whether it could cost him the election. He spoke against the popular gas-tax holiday, and he argued the right to meet with Iran without preconditions. You could almost hear the thoughts of his campaign and his opponents: “Is he crazy?” No. He’s right, and he’s not afraid to say so, even if it’s not what we want to hear.

Our decision to elect Obama will mean new jobs created through an investment in infrastructure and green energy; a strengthened fight against the war on terror through the responsible redeployment of troops from Iraq to Afghanistan; a greater investment in children through mandatory health care coverage and education policy reform; an administration that is respectful of the reproductive rights of women; and a stronger foreign policy based on direct diplomacy. Our decision to elect Barack Obama will mean a stronger America.

I voted for Barack Obama this morning. I did so proudly, and without reservation. I did so with the conviction that I’ve chosen a president who will govern fairly, deliberately and honestly. I believe that, at the end of the day, we will find that most Americans voted the same way.

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