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positive for Republicans is that on issues that are of most concern to Americans, generally Republicans are viewed more positively regarding their handling of these issues.

In recent polling from Pew, Republicans are favored by 12 points on the economy, by 10 points on crime, by 10 points on immigration, by 8 points on the deficit and by 4 points on foreign policy.

Democrats are favored by 14 points on climate change, by 12 points on abortion, by 12 points on health care policy, by 10 points on race, by 8 points on LGBTQ and by 4 points on education. Of these issues, of the top 10 that poll as “very important,” Republicans are favored in 8 of the 10.

The top issue rated “very important” is inflation, which might be understood as the economy in general, and Republicans say this is very important by a margin of 25 over Democrats. What should these Republican candidates who will be taking the stage in this debate be thinking about?

My advice to candidates is to speak directly to the American people and not be obsessed with how they look relative to other candidates.

Jean Monnet, the founder of the European Common Market, which evolved to become the European Union, observed that there are two kinds of people: those who want to be someone and those who want to do something.

Aspirants to the nation’s highest office should be asking themselves why they want it. Do they want to be someone? Or do they want to do something?

The American people are looking for a leader whose motivation is the mission of country, its operation, and the quality of life of American citizens. They are looking for a leader dedicated to fixing and improving our country and not someone who really, deep down, is trying to solve some kind of personal need for fame and recognition.

The problems of the nation are great. Voters can sense those who genuinely care about the country and about them and who have the right ideas.

This is what candidates should have in mind. Those with an honest and sincere heart and a rightthinking mind will connect positively with voters.

Star Parker is president of the Center for Urban Renewal and Education and host of the weekly television show “Cure America with Star Parker.” To find out more about Star Parker and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www. COPYRIGHT 2023 CREATORS. COM.

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