Democrats need a moderate to defeat Trump

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To the editor:

The impeachment inquiry in the House of Representatives continues to provide conformation that Donald Trump's "perfect" telephone call with Ukraine President Zelensky should be viewed as soliciting a foreign campaign contribution, which is a violation of the campaign-finance laws.

Trump continues to claim that there was no "quid pro quo," but Bill Taylor, the top U.S .diplomat in Ukraine testified that Trump was holding up U.S. military aid to Ukraine, funds appropriated to help Ukraine fight off a Russian invasion, until he got a Ukrainian investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden's ties with Burisma, a Ukrainian gas company and a conspiracy theory about alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 election. This was confirmed by Gordon Sondland, Trump acolyte and U.S. ambassador to the European Union, who revised his earlier testimony to Congress.

Democrats are in a great position to win the 2020 presidential election, retain their strong majority in the House, and possibly even gain control of the Senate. But this will probably not happen if the Democratic Party's "progressive" primary voters nominate Elizabeth Warren or Bernie Sanders, both of who campaign with false promises of remaking the U.S. nto a workers (in their case, middle class workers) paradise while ignoring our nation's political realities.

Donald Trump must be defeated. The key to winning is to nominate a "moderate" who will focus making sure good healthcare is available to all Americans at a reasonable cost, invest in improving the nation's crumbling infrastructure, protect the environment, pursue measures to reduce inequality by rescinding the tax cuts on the rich, support vocational training and reducing the costs of higher education, more rigorous background checks for gun ownership, and promising to do all they can to seek bipartisan solutions in governing

The road to the White House doesn't go through California, New York, or our own New England. Rather, the party that controls the key swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin will win the presidential election. I believe that in spite of his poor debate performances so far, Joe Biden would do better in a one on one debate with Trump. I think people like him. I would not rule out any of the other "B Boys": Michael Bennet, Cory Booker, Steve Bullock, and Pete Buttigieg. I also like Amy Klobuchar — a lot.

Frank Flaumenhaft,

Sandisfield

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