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Character and the Presidency: The Choice We Face

"Character is the only secure foundation of the state," Calvin Coolidge said in his Lincoln's birthday address in 1924, reminding the nation of the moral model set by slain president. Indeed, Lincoln ranks consistently as one of our two best presidents in polls of historians and the public, a tribute not only to his competence but to his character. But what constitutes presidential character? This question rightly concerns us as we face a choice between two candidates viewed negatively on character grounds by a majority of the electorate.
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