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    #1

    were closer by a considerable margin

    Dear teachers,

    I find a sentence from Warren Buffet Speaks (I'm in the middle of reading it) which is quite confusing for me, especially the highlighted words:


    Warren eventually abandoned Conservative politics:
    “I became a Democrat basically because I felt the Democrats were closer by a considerable margin to what I felt in the early ’60s about civil rights.”


    Would you please paraphrase the complete sentence also, so I could grab the exact meaning. Thanks indeed,

    selviya87

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    Re: were closer by a considerable margin

    He felt that the ideas of the Democratic Party were much closer than those of the Republican Party to his position on civil rights in the early 1960s.

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    Re: were closer by a considerable margin

    Selviya, for the THIRD TIME . . .

    . . .you grasp the meaning - not grab it.

    Do pay attention!

    Rover

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