- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 6, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty considers the so-called Sam’s Club voters central to the modern Republican Party (“‘Sam’s Club’ voters called key to modern GOP,” Page 1, Monday).

He talks about the need for the Republican Party to become the party of Sam’s Club voters, those who demand value for their tax dollar. He goes on to say that issues such as health care should be part of the Republican platform.

I find it ironic that he would invoke the name of an organization whose employees are not provided health insurance as a part of their benefits plan. Perhaps Mr. Pawlenty can find other important voting groups for the Republican Party to target, and hopefully those groups won’t have any negatives associated with them.

I know Mr. Pawlenty is considered one of Sen. John McCain’s potential vice-presidential choices. After reading this article, this reader thinks Mr. Pawlenty might not be the best choice.

After all, if he is unaware of what employees of Sam’s Club deal with by not having a health insurance plan, he might be out of touch altogether. This country can’t afford having its leaders out of touch.

MICHAEL P. NESTER

Clifton

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