it shouldn't be one or the other

1) It shouldn’t be democratic or Republican to say we don’t target certain groups of people based on what they look like or how they pray.

President Obama

Source:

https://www.washingtonpost.com...m_term=.78bf51453419

2) It shouldn’t be either Democratic or Republican to say we don’t target certain groups of people based on what they look like or how they pray.

3) To say we don’t target certain groups of people based on what they look like or how they pray shouldn't be Democratic or Republican.

4) To say we don’t target certain groups of people based on what they look like or how they pray shouldn't be either Democratic or Republican.

 

Are '2', '3' and '4' acceptable and are they valid paraphrases of '1'?

I think the meaning is that to say we don't target certain groups of people based on what they look like or how they pray should be neither Democratic nor Republican, but something that everybody accepts, i.e. something beyond political divides.

Maybe the sentences should be parsed in a different way.

 

Gratefully,

Navi

 

 

 

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