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Republican presidential candidates from left facing camera, former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., Texas Gov. Rick Perry, businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum participate in a presidential debate at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2011.

We have a disturbing political climate today between Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives. Neither seems willing to work with the other to avert the financial disaster that is on our doorsteps. President Obama was able to get most of his desired legislation through during his first two years in office because of a Democratic super majority in Congress and excluding Republicans from meetings held behind closed doors. Since then, we have had gridlock, which normally is a good thing in Government. But with America's debt crisis and unemployment problems, gridlock is not a viable option.

Fortunately, the Republicans have two candidates for President that have a chance to change things for the better. Both Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich are alleged "flip-floppers." But look at what they have accomplished by flip-flopping and not just being ideologues.

Romney was able to govern as a Republican in liberal Massachusetts and bring the state a surplus and a health care system that was better than what they had. He was also able to understand the issues that were making the 2002 Winter Olympics a disaster and turn it around. He did this by listening to the various parties and then working with them to be successful.

Gingrich was the leader of the House of Representatives with a Democrat president and Senate. Yet he was able to get a major overhaul of welfare and also get a balanced budget that held until the Gulf War and the War on Terror.

Romney and Gingrich have had by far the best performances in the Republican debates thus far. I suggest it is because they study both sides of the various issues and have a firm grasp of what can and cannot be accomplished. They do not just spout the party line. Thus they are accused of flip-flopping by the Rush Limbaugh types and the liberal media.

But to get America back where it needs to be, we cannot afford a pure liberal or a pure conservative president We need someone who can reach across to the other side and come up with solutions. Fortunately, either of these two candidates appear to be the type of person who can make a difference; a difference that is drastically needed at this time in our history.

David R. Taylor