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Friday, October 12, 2012


I will be so glad when the election is over. I like politics and I like the study of government but the election cycle is just toooooo long. I am tired of the bickering. I am tired of the attacks. I just want it over both on the national stage and the local stage.  I am voting for President Obama, but if I were betting, I would bet that Governor Romney will win.  There was an excellent article about Governor Romney in the October 1, 2012 issue of the "New Yorker" magazine.  It dealt with several facets of his politics, his personal life and his business life.  I actually felt more positive toward him after reading the article. If you have access to it, check it out.

I didn't watch much of last night's VP debate.  I have spoken to moderator Martha Raddatz a couple of times about a year ago, as well as her husband, PBS Journalist Tom Gjelten.  One day Matha called me from her cell phone and I asked her where she was and she told me that she had just driven into the CIA parking lot to get briefed for an assignment she was undertaking for ABC News to a country in the Mideast.  She told me the name of the country but don't remember which one it was.  I thought that was pretty interesting.

Her husband Tom wrote a great book about Cuba, Barcardi and the Long Fight For Cuba which he was kind of enough to send me an inscribed copy. 

I was more interested in watching Martha last night that Joe or Paul.

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