I grew up in a very strong Republican household. My parents held the polls in their garage and only had Republican friends.
In 1996, I was practically disowned for mentioning to them that I was thinking of voting for Bill Clinton. I told them I really didn’t consider myself a Democrat or a Republican, and I just wanted to vote for the candidate I felt would best serve our country, our children and the future. That was the end of the discussion, and I never spoke politics with my father again.
My father is gone now, and last week I asked my 87-year-old mother who she was voting for. She said, “Trump.” I asked her why, and she said, “Well, I don’t like him, but he’s the Republican candidate.”
I was speechless and thought to myself, “How many other people, Republican or Democrat, feel that same way, that unspoken sense of loyalty to their party, no matter who is running?”
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So, I’m asking — be honest with yourselves — let’s imagine for one moment that Donald Trump is the Democratic Party’s candidate and Hillary Clinton is the Republican Party’s candidate for president. Who would you vote for?
Diane Stockwell, Templeton