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US debt as a campaign issue

In the article "The Defining Issues," April 13, the question is raised whether the presidential campaign is ready for the issues.

The ever-growing national debt is bound to become a prominent issue, particularly after Sen. Warren Rudman (R) of New Hampshire has come to the fore with the report that he was unsuccessful in his efforts to convince his fellow senators that the deficit must be reduced.

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It is disappointing that, so far, none of the candidates has made the reduction of the deficit a key campaign issue. Jerry Brown supports a balanced-budget constitutional amendment. But that is no longer a practical solution.

It is only H. Ross Perot who looks at the situation realistically. Ernest W. Volkmann, Ligonier, Pa.

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