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June 14th, 2011
09:00 AM ET

Letters to the President: #876 'Compromising to win?'

Reporter's Note: The Republicans wrapped up their first big debate, and the results, while not flashy, are something the president might want to pay attention to…as I note in today’s letter.

Dear Mr. President,

So the big debate here in New Hampshire is done. No Republican seemed to hurt him or herself in the process. A few appeared to help themselves, at least a little bit. But what they said on stage, I think, is not what should concern you.

Rather, what most caught my ear all day were the things I heard from Republicans, Tea Party folks, and independents all day. To put it bluntly, they really want you out of office, and they are willing to compromise on some of their ideals to make sure they get a candidate who can beat you.

Let me say that again: They are willing to compromise to beat you.
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