Mr. Ransom has nailed it, my sentiments exactly, despite the fact that I was willing to vote for him when there was no other option. But I also know of core conservatives who did not feel they could support a liberal Republican. Nevertheless, the biggest problem with a "moderate" candidate is the way they campaign: Same as the Democrat, only less--not the way to justify to so-called "independents" why American needs to elect a conservative Republican. Reagan understood that and brought home the votes!