With so many articles in the Deseret News covering the Presidential campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain, I think many voters feel angst about the dismal choices. It goes beyond party or ideology. All of these candidates have a significant number of traditional "core voters" who are dissatisfied with them. I have never seen an election before where so many "assumed supporters" can no longer be taken for granted. Some may defect to the other party. Some may not vote at all in November. The potential for erosion among any given candidate's political base is high. Voter confidence is low. A truly viable candidate needs to lay out detailed plans for changes in public policy that would highlight key decisions that need to be made in the next administration. Platform should come before profile.

James A. Marples