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Letter: Southwest Air’s political foray doesn’t promote all the options

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Posted: Friday, October 5, 2012 11:16 am

As a frequent traveler who regularly uses Southwest for my business and personal travel, I am disheartened to hear that Southwest is suggesting that I only have the choice to vote for a Republican or a Democrat for president.

In sponsoring the Commission on Presidential Debates, an organization of professional Republican and Democratic functionaries in DC, Southwest is doing just that: preventing me and 200 million other American voters from hearing other qualified candidates for president who will be on the majority of ballots this November.

I strongly disagree with Southwest’s email statement to me that, “The Senior Leadership of Southwest Airlines felt that their core values aligned with the CPD’s mission of providing American citizens the opportunity to make informed decisions” given they are not allowing the American electorate to hear all the options in order to make that informed decision.

If a “core value” of Southwest is to silence the voices of qualified presidential candidates, other than those from the Democratic or Republican parties, I wish to no longer do business with them.

Southwest should stay out of politics and not have a hand in influencing this important election.

Chris Walsh

San Tan Valley

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