What should be the big issues of the 2008 election?
Ken Adelman: I think it’s always integrity. Number two you want to motivate people. President Harry Truman said it best: “I spend all day long convincing people of things to do that they should be doing otherwise . . . they should be doing anyway.” And so that kind of conscience and moral leader on that. And number three, I would say that a president should choose good people. It’s just a thin slice of the job the he can do, or she can do by herself. And you just need top, quality people. That can count for a lot.
It's simply a question of integrity.
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