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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 09:49 AM
I'm really curious as to what people look at in a candidate...and I have to admit, some replies, should there be any, are going to carry a little more weight than others...




 
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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 09:53 AM
How well they can read off a teleprompter.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 09:54 AM
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How well they can read off a teleprompter.


one vote for Obama...

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 10:33 AM
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How well they can read off a teleprompter.


Now we know why Reagan was so popular.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 10:57 AM
Whether they seem sane enough to be trusted w/ the nuclear football.
 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 12:05 PM
Where they stand on the issues as well as their ability to get things done. Do they have concrete ideas and plans or just rhetoric? Bill Clinton came into office with a conrete plan on what he was going to do to bring the country out of the turmoil it was in, and he achieved it. He was a great President.

For 2012 we have to ask what exactly will they do for us, and how will they do it? We need to get specifics not just the usual rhetoric.

Herman Cain has a good tax reform idea, nobody else came out with anything. Would they back his plan and implement it if they got in but he did not? But beyond that, what are his ideas on foreign policies, Consitutional rights, etc. etc. I intend to watch all the debates and find out where all people stand on the issues so later on whichever one gets the party nomination I will know where they really stand.

Look at their records, what have they actually done in the jobs they are in now.

And yes, hate to admit it, but if the candidate is handsome, he will sway the voters.


 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 12:12 PM
he might sway female voters, unless...

well, that's another issue

 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 12:41 PM
As to the topic question, for me, first off, it depends on who the other candidate is.

In the last election, never did I reach a point when I didn't like John McCain. When he picked Sarah Palin, however, that was it.

Then comes the weight of "can they get anything done," but within the realm of how the Congress is swinging in the right and left and what exactly it is that a candidate wants to get done.

I've become pretty convinced over the course of my own lifetime that Presidents in general get too much blame and too much praise for the things they do or don't do. To me, personally, "experience" when it comes to a candidate is something that can mean a lot and mean a little at the same time. There is no place to get training to be the POTUS. There just isn't. I think the real devil in the details is who Presidents hire and appoint to the key jobs once they take office. Thing is, most of us out in the general public have no way of quantifying such things until after they happen.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 12:46 PM
First thought.....there are three telepromptors.....two on the sides and one right in front so they can stare earnestly into the camera and read at the same time.

As for what I will base my vote on.....it will be for who I think will do the least harm to this country. Perry is a loon in my book and Cain has a tax plan that will tank this country if implemented. Romney is actually a decent guy but he's running one of the most strange races I've seen in a while. I would have considered Christy but since he's not running, Obama will get my vote in the next election based on the GOP candidates running now.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 12:49 PM
If he or she is running against President Obama.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 12:52 PM
Sad but true, when it comes to the Presidential election, I try to pick the one who scares the sh-t out of me the least.
 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 12:58 PM
I can't think of one candidate that deserves my vote at this point. I will write in a vote. If there's an even semi-reasonable 3rd party candidate, I will write their name in. If not, I think I will write in my grandmother. She's 93. She has more experience than most people alive and she still works for a living. She totally kicks a$$ and would be a great president.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 01:37 PM
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If he or she is running against President Obama.


Such a high standard.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 03:40 PM
Obama is an empty suit. That's all I know right now, and I truly did not think Obama would be this feckless as he has proven to be. And yet there are those that still grab a spoon and dig into the dung pile cake with a candle on top.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 05:40 PM
I'll vote for the one with the best sense of humor. Everything else is just politics.

 

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  posted on 10/13/2011 at 05:57 PM
Mostly how they stand on the issues and whether it is realistic to expect that person's plans to be enacted. In other words, I would prefer someone practical instead of someone who's ideology could never be realized. This is especially important on economic issues. On social issues, I prefer someone in favor of as much personal liberty as possible (either liberal or libertarian - NOT a conservative who wishes to push a personal belief system on everyone). Finally, I'd like to vote for a candidate who will try to find common ground with the other party and not be afraid to vote against the trend of his own party.
 

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  posted on 10/14/2011 at 07:19 AM
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If he or she is running against President Obama.


Such a high standard.


well, some responses do carry more weight than others...

that's the beauty of our democracy, everybody's vote counts, unless you live in Florida...

btw, I almost completely agree with dutch, leaning toward Brendan's way of voting though...

last time, I wrote in DougMacKenzie...next year, probably one of my grandchildren, ice cream for everybody!!!!

 

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  posted on 10/14/2011 at 08:19 AM
Environment and the Supreme Court. Those are really the only things the President can directly affect. All the rest is window dressing.

 

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  posted on 10/14/2011 at 08:05 PM
I start with one simple test, what does that person believe to be the age of the earth. I don't care if you believe in evolution or not but if you think that the earth is only 5 thousand years old then you're out. Everything else gets evaluated as the campaign goes on. I already decided that I wasn't going to vote for McCain but still generally liked him but when he picked palin ther was no way I wanted him to be president. Horrible judgement !

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I start with one simple test, what does that person believe to be the age of the earth. I don't care if you believe in evolution or not but if you think that the earth is only 5 thousand years old then you're out. Everything else gets evaluated as the campaign goes on. I already decided that I wasn't going to vote for McCain but still generally liked him but when he picked palin ther was no way I wanted him to be president. Horrible judgement !

[Edited on 10/15/2011 by jamminpappy]


I also couldn't vote for someone who would reject all logic, science and evidence just because that's how they interpreted an ancient book. If you can't thing logically for yourself, then I will never trust you with my vote.

 

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  posted on 10/16/2011 at 08:21 AM
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I start with one simple test, what does that person believe to be the age of the earth. I don't care if you believe in evolution or not but if you think that the earth is only 5 thousand years old then you're out. Everything else gets evaluated as the campaign goes on. I already decided that I wasn't going to vote for McCain but still generally liked him but when he picked palin ther was no way I wanted him to be president. Horrible judgement !

[Edited on 10/15/2011 by jamminpappy]


I also couldn't vote for someone who would reject all logic, science and evidence just because that's how they interpreted an ancient book. If you can't thing logically for yourself, then I will never trust you with my vote.


What about those that reject or ignore mathematics?

 

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  posted on 10/16/2011 at 12:11 PM
If math was the criteria, there would be no one in D.C.

 

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  posted on 10/17/2011 at 09:14 AM
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I start with one simple test, what does that person believe to be the age of the earth. I don't care if you believe in evolution or not but if you think that the earth is only 5 thousand years old then you're out. Everything else gets evaluated as the campaign goes on. I already decided that I wasn't going to vote for McCain but still generally liked him but when he picked palin ther was no way I wanted him to be president. Horrible judgement !

[Edited on 10/15/2011 by jamminpappy]


I also couldn't vote for someone who would reject all logic, science and evidence just because that's how they interpreted an ancient book. If you can't thing logically for yourself, then I will never trust you with my vote.


right. Some believe the earth is millions of years old and a book written 2,000 years ago is "ancient".

 

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  posted on 10/17/2011 at 09:55 AM
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If math was the criteria, there would be no one in D.C.
That was going to be my response too. Let's not delude ourselves that anybody in Washington is being honest about the math.

 

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  posted on 10/18/2011 at 01:38 PM
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How well they can read off a teleprompter.


one vote for Obama...

Next!


Obama's approval ratings are so low now, Kenyans are accusing him of being born in the United States.

 

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