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Anyone concerned about the strength of our nation’s defenses

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Anyone concerned about the strength of our nation’s defenses should look at the records of our state’s two candidates for the U.S. Senate. Ed Harmon voted against funding for the Z-19 bomber, rejected the President’s defense spending plan last year, and voted to close three U.S. Army bases in our state. Tom Caldwell voted in opposition to Ed Harmon on all three of these issues, and is thus the stronger candidate on defense.

All of the following, if true, would weaken the conclusion above, EXCEPT:

A. Ed Harmon voted for a different defense spending plan that called for a higher rate of spending on defense.
B. The Army bases Ed Harmon voted to close were considered unnecessary by top Army officials.
C. Ed Harmon has experience in dealing with national defense issues and is a proponent of assuring the U.S. maintains a strong defense even in peacetime.
D. Ed Harmon is a twice-decorated U.S. Navy veteran who fought for the United States in two wars.
E. The Z-19 bomber has been superseded by a cheaper and more efficient aircraft.


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Let us simplify the argument -

Premise 1: Ed harmon did these things -
a) voted against funding for Z-19 bomber
b) rejected President's defense spending plan
c) voted to close 3 army bases

Premise 2: Tom Caldwell opposed Ed harmon on all three issues.

Conclusion: Tom is the stronger candidate on defense.

This is an EXCEPT question. That is all four incorrect answer options must weaken the conclusion. The correct answer might strengthen/have no effect on the conclusion.

A - this addresses issue (b) in the premise. If Ed voted for a stronger plan, then by opposing Ed Tom voted for a weaker plan. Hence, the conclusion that Tom is the stronger candidate would fall apart.

B - this addresses issue (c). If such bases were unnecessary, Ed's decision did not necessarily weaken the country's defense capabilities.

C - weakens the argument. If he has extensive experience, then probably his voting decisions were for the betterment of defense capabilities (like answer option A). He probably thought that these deals were not good for the country and suggested better ones.

D - does not strengthen or weaken the argument. Does not address what his positions on defense are. hence, is the correct answer.

E - weakens the argument. It explains why Ed voted against the Z-19 plan.
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