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Winning Principles

November 20, 2003

Dan Schnur may be right that "elections are won from the center" (Commentary, Nov. 17). But Schnur sounds more like a political consultant and less like a Republican, especially when he talks about "extremists on both ends of the political spectrum." A Republican president looks like he'll be reelected based on two factors: the positive effect on the economy from his tax cuts and his earned reputation for keeping the nation safe from another terrorist attack.

Backed by that national environment and by the failed policies of a Democrat-controlled state Legislature, California Republicans can win by emphasizing and articulating conservative principles of limited government, fiscal discipline and personal responsibility. It's those conservative priorities, which appeal to the center, that Republicans can use to win elections without having to sacrifice their principles.

Siri Goberdhan Jr.

Buena Park

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