Presidential election takes on new seriousness in light of Brussels attacks |

Presidential election takes on new seriousness in light of Brussels attacks

PR Tuesday, as Utahns prepared to weigh in on the presidential race, they awoke to news of another horrible terrorist attack in Europe and the graphic images of carnage and chaos in Brussels underscored the importance of the choices that Americans will b

The presidential candidates were quick to issue statements about how they would react , given the reins of power. The rhetoric split, predictably, along familiar lines.

Republican frontrunners Donald Trump and Ted Cruz advocated closing borders and increasing surveillance of Muslim communities — while Democrats Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders called for solidarity with Europe and warned against discriminating against all Muslims.

Suddenly, we are reminded that the chants and taunts of the last few weeks are trivial. The carefully contrived props and slogans, may be clever but are not indicative of true leadership. We hope that voters will keep that in mind as the election campaigns continue over the summer and into the fall.

Almost all of the decisions our leaders face in this connected world have global implications. And we need leaders who have the experience, intellect and temperament to thread their way through complex, nuanced scenarios.

So far this year, Utah appears to be throwing off its ultra conservative mantle. At this writing the results of the state’s presidential poll are unknown, but plenty of pundits have suggested the outcome is far from a done deal. Even the state’s most visible politicians are divided on who to support.

The only good news on this dark day is that turnout for this year’s caucuses –and hopefully on through Election Day — is expected to break all previous records. And we are counting on those who do go to the polls to look beyond the colorful banners and slick commercials and listen closely to the candidates themselves before casting their ballots.

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