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I live in Washington, DC, and the only ballot I can cast that counts on a national level is the one for the Presidency.

DC has a primary election on June 14, 2016 with three names on the ballot: Hillary Clinton, “Rocky” Roque De La Fuente, and Bernie Sanders.

Since I will be out of town on June 14th, I filled out and mailed my absentee ballot today.

I voted for Hillary Clinton.

It was an easy vote to cast.

Given these candidates, there is no doubt in my mind that the former Senator and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is the most qualified and capable candidate of the three.

While I am attracted to much of Sen. Sanders’ analyses of what is not right in our country, I could not vote for him. I do not believe his qualifications or capabilities match Hillary’s.

I understand the enthusiasm of Sanders’ followers and that of much of the younger generations’. I hope they will fight to the end of the convention for Sanders, and if he is not the nominee, then I hope they will get behind Clinton. (If, though it seems unlikely, Sanders is the nominee, I will vote for him in the general election.)**

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind between Clinton and Trump which candidate I would trust in the White House. Trump, though he speaks to and/or for a significant portion of individuals in our country, has not shown the temperament nor the qualifications necessary to lead our country. Clinton, though she has not shown good judgment in regard to her emails and in many ways is likely to perpetuate some of the policies that don’t speak to important problems in our country, she is qualified and capable to deal with the enormous burdens of the presidency. On the issue of Supreme Court nominations alone, I think her potential appointees will reflect more of what I believe are the directions the Court and our country needs to move.

I will vote for Hillary (or Sanders if he’s the Democratic candidate) in the General Election.

**Robert Reich’s Advice for Divided Democrats.