To The Daily Sun,
Though we are still 100 days away from the New Hampshire Primary, I have already spent months deliberating on who I will support when I finally enter the ballot box on Feb. 9. On the one hand I appreciate what Bernie Sanders has brought to our primary process. He has invigorated the Democratic base and raised awareness nationwide on important issues.
Yet, in this age of polarized politics and an obstructionist Congress, I think Hillary Clinton is the candidate best equipped to achieve real change on the biggest problems in our country. Not only do we hold similar views on a broad range of issues, but as she noted in the first Democratic debate, she is a progressive who gets things done. Her record of success in passing bills and her ability to work with those who hold differing views would be vital in bridging the gap that currently plagues our political system.
With that in mind, I sat down to watch the congressional hearing on Benghazi in the hope that it might further clarify my decision. And after watching Hillary's measured and intelligent responses in the face of 11 hours of partisan grilling, it was clear to me that Hillary Clinton should be the Democratic nominee we choose to face off against the Republicans come November.
Throughout that marathon session, Hillary demonstrated incredible stamina, knowledge, and respect — for the questioners, the Foreign Service, and the sacrifice made by four individuals who lost their lives. Her account of the tragic events of the night three years ago was moving and emotional, and it was clear that to this day she feels deeply for the losses our diplomatic corps suffered. And despite the personal and often incoherent attacks leveled by the Republicans on the committee, Hillary never lost her composure.
In fact, she was most heated when speaking out in defense of others, particularly former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, who was not even present to defend himself. Her fervor, commitment, and loyalty to others makes me feel confident she will use those qualities to defend the middle class and our vulnerable citizens as president.
Hillary's said it herself many times. She's not running for her husband's third term or Obama's third term; she's running for her first term. She has a record of leadership, a clear vision for the country, and a tireless commitment to fighting for all of us. She is without a doubt the most qualified candidate on either side of the aisle, and I am proud to endorse her for the Democratic nomination for president.
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