The delegates responded to these other questions:
The Kemp Selection
The Controversy over Abortion
How well the Delegates Represent the GOP
Quesition 4: A question from LeJeune Decker of Paradise Valley, Arizona
I am 75 years old, white and female. I have voted Republican all my voting life, but this year I may just vote for Clinton. I expect the Republican Convention in San Diego will be a disaster. The Republican Party has moved too far to the right. Most politicians are in office for the money and the power. The future looks really bleak. I'll be gone soon but I worry about children and grandchildren.
Gloria Hedderman - Wyoming
I understand how you feel. But I hope you don't throw away your precious vote. If you're really worried about your children and grandchildren, you will recognize that the best thing for them would be to balance the budget and relieve them from irresponsible taxation. I know Clinton espouses some of that but these are historically REPUBLICAN issues - and REPUBLICAN principles. Don't be fooled thinking that Clinton really can or will do it. Good luck to you LeJeune - you're great!
Hans Von Spakovsky - Georgia
If you are worried about your grandchildren, Bill Clinton is not the man to vote for. His budget plans before Republicans took control of Congress in 1994 projected $200 billion deficits for as far as the eye could see. Senior citizens should be panicked because if Democrats continue their obstruction and the system is not reformed, it will go bankrupt and many people will suffer greatly.
Allan Campbell - Pennsylvania
I am not very young any longer; I have always been a Republican but have frequently voted for a Democrat when I felt that the other party's candidate was a better person for the position. I feel that I vote for the country first, for my family second, for my community third, and for the party last. That being said, I will vote for Dole/Kemp this year with out the slightest sad feeling. I do think that the party has had a very serious shift to the right in many cases. I think that the heart and sole of the GOP, persons such as you, need to take ownership of the party. When I look at a future based on Clinton and the Democratic Leadership of Congress and the honest dedicated leadership of Dole I am quite sure that this year the GOP offers you and America more. I am proud of both these fine men and I think after listening to the campaign which is just starting you should vote for them.
Ken Blackwell - Ohio
As we approach the 21st century, the only way we can continue to improve the quality of life in our country and provide opportunities to our chidren is to put in place tax reform policies and an economic growth strategy that wlll grow our economy about four percent annually. The present 2.3 per cent annual rate of growth is totally unsatisfactory. Bob Dole's bold economic plan is the best thing that I've heard in a long time when it comes to creating a better future for our children.
Tim Knopp - Oregon
Don't worry LeJeune, the convention will be one of the best in recent memory. Be positive about your Party and your candidates because they need your help to get elected. I would never vote for a person who cannot be honest with the American people. Clinton has shown himself to be unworthy of the office as president and anyone who would vote to reelect him deserves exactly what they get in terms of their government and their representation. When you are gone would you rather trust your children to a war hero with a distinguished record of service, Bob Dole, or one of the most dishonest and immoral politicians of the last few decades, Bill Clinton? If you vote for Bill Clinton and he wins I will worry about your children and grandchildren.
Bob Groesbeck - Nevada
I am sorry to hear of your dissatisfaction with the Party. I am confident however that when you get into the ballot box in November you will vote as you always have - and rightly so - Republican. Notwithstanding some of the dissension which has arisen in the party, I think it is important that we as Republicans put aside our differences and work toward a common goal. Contrary to your concerns I believe this Republican convention will be one of the most dynamic and exciting in recent memory. We have a very strong ticket and the momentum and excitement to propel Senator Dole and Jack Kemp to the White House. I certainly hope you can be a part of that..
Allen Quist - Minnesota
It may well be that the Republican Party has become more conservative, but it is also true that the country has become more conservative--the Republican Party reflects that change. I would argue that the most attractive ideas about making this a better country for our children and grandchildren now come from the Republican party, and from conservatives in particular. For example, it is the conservatives who have insisted on balancing our budget, others have been dragged along