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I’d do so not out of my own self-interested commonality with her, but out of my shared vision of a state that reflects my belief in liberty, personal freedom and responsible citizenship.

It’s time politicians stop carving us into bite-sized chunks of self-interested voters, pitting the anxiety of one group against the fears of another.

On Election Day, we’re much more than black or white, male or female, married, unmarried, gay, straight, Christian, Jew, parents or childless.

We’re Americans who care about the strength and stability of the greatest nation on earth, and we’re looking for leaders who define themselves by the principles that made us so.

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