Dear Editor, Some people believe it's too early to be thinking about the 2008 presidential election. U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas is not on the radar of most political pundits. But as a founding member of a grassroots committee that hopes to convince her to run for president, let me tell you why she should be. Lincoln, who lacks a history of political scandals or negative baggage, can speak to the values held by working families and people in Middle America. She is a vocal proponent for an independent U.S. Supreme Court. Her initiatives have encouraged the growth of farm subsidies, child tax credits, nutrition, caring for the elderly, and biodiesel fuel as an alternative energy source. Furthermore, Sen. Lincoln is best-equipped to promote a national strategy that will enhance the merits of Democrats all the way down the ticket. She speaks honestly and eloquently about how education, child care, rural development, health care, and Social Security cohesively tie in to the issue of values. Lincoln would be a logical spokesperson to reframe the morality debate on behalf of Democrats across the country. Democratic Party leaders who want to truly broaden their party's appeal in “red” and “purple” states should take a closer look at Sen. Lincoln: www.lincoln2008.com. Blanche Lincoln is the first potential candidate for the White House to excite and inspire me, as a young independent voter. I encourage all voters to examine her merits as a dynamic presidential contender for the 21st century.
Tony Eichberger Eau Claire, Wis. President and founding member, Lincoln2008