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Post Reply Who's your favorite candidate for the 2016 US presidential election?
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Posted 5/30/15 , edited 5/30/15

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Irahabitual wrote:

I want Bernie Sanders to win because he is a homosexual and a Socialist, the sheer panic this would cause in 49% of America would be a delight to behold.


Since when was Sanders a homosexual?


My mistake, mixed him up with Barney Frank. Hopefully he will be vice president
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Michformer wrote:

I think the reason Sanders isn't as popular as Clinton is because the former lacks name recognition. Since not all of us are political aficionados, it's very easy for the average person to assume that Clinton is the better candidate. I've seen videos of people showing their support for Clinton simply because she was the only person they knew of, and/or because she was a woman. That was quite literally it.

I personally find it disappointing that most people will likely vote for the most popular candidate simply because they can't bother doing their homework. In that case, we'd might as well have a Clinton/Bush match-up (which I personally hope doesn't happen).

If people took the time to research the policies of each and every candidate, then they'll be able to make more informed choices. I'll be honest with you: I'm a Republican, so I can't really vouch for what liberals really think is best for their country. But I can understand why most folks want Sanders to win: because he has policies that appeal to the left, whereas Clinton seems to be more of a centrist.

When I'm confronted with a pool of candidates, I want to make sure that I choose the right man/woman for the job. I don't want to support someone who comes off as hotheaded, or soft. I want someone who's pragmatic and able to appeal to a wide electorate, while still staying true to his conservative/liberal principles. But that's just me.

So, what can you take away from what I just said? Scrutinize the candidates and be really sure about who you're going to support.

But in any event, try to respect each other's decisions. Don't lambaste someone because his choice "sucks", is "ill-chosen" or "uninformed".




You're right about how many people vote and that's what worries me. People are too lazy to see what the candidates stand for and what their track records look like. Instead, we have people choosing who to vote for based on color, gender, name recognition, etc. So many politicians are able to get reelected multiple times due to the ignorance of their voters. Just look at John McCain. He's running for his millionth term in the Senate when he hasn't done anything in the interest of the nation. If someone has done their research on Hillary Clinton and still supports her, I'd think they're crazy but at least I can't accuse of them of not doing their homework.

Bernie Sanders is the longest serving independent in the Senate and he only started getting popular in the last few months. He's got good ideas and cares about his voters, so that's one reason he gets support. He's easily the better option democrats have so they don't vote for Hillary. However, he's too weak to do anything against the queen of corruption. He'll divide democrats and steal a lot of votes from Hillary, but I doubt it'll be enough to beat her. That's mainly because of the reason above; most voters won't know who he is. There isn't a person in the nation who doesn't know Hillary Clinton. She's had strong campaign support over a year before she even officially announced her campaign. People are too lazy to go on Google and look up better alternatives.

I have no problem being respectful of other people's political choices. My problem is when people openly say they're voting for the wicked witch of the west just because they don't want to bother researching other candidates. Big names like Clinton and Bush are guaranteed to get tons of support from these kinds of people. It's sad seeing people having to choose between the lesser of two evils just because they don't inform themselves of the greater of goods. That's one of the reasons why democrats and republicans have a monopoly on the political world and why third parties are nonexistent.

I'm not trying to start a fight with anyone here. I'm just trying to express my concern over the fact that so many people here are saying they'd vote for a known criminal who follows her own rules and tries to screw everyone over.
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None really look totally matching to my views (since my views are centralist), but I would say now that George Pataki looks the best out of them all.
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Based on my preliminary research I also like Sanders better than the rest of the pack. I have despised Clinton since she was taking advice from that lunatic lawyer from Florida that got disbarred. I'm not sure about the validity of some of the accusations thrown her way, but I am sure she has a track record of accepting advice from very questionable sources. I don't normally like to think or vote along party lines at all, but I'm getting pretty anti Republican lately. It just seems to me like they're doing more things that bother me and cause problems that affect me than the Democrats are. Don't get me wrong, I don't like Dems either, they just scare/tick me off less than the Reps lately.

I'm not going to get what I want in a candidate unless I move somewhere else and it is a local election. I can try to find what looks like the best available fit and go with it at the national levels. I probably need to move to another state soon, this one has been largely under Republican control for a while. Our educational system is a mess, we rank last among all the states for raising a family, they have done things that bork our economy multiple times, they passed laws recently that literally closed a mess of local businesses and gave Big Tobacco a leg up, etc. These guys are costing us money and preventing a lot of positive progress in my state. Hell, they cut deals to bring in new businesses and make a huge production of it. Then they try to keep the word that the businesses backed out hushed up. They keep talking about the "brain drain" as most of those with more education move away for work and personal reasons. I'm thinking I may have to add myself to that list.
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Posted 5/30/15 , edited 7/20/15

PhantomGundam wrote:


Michformer wrote:

But in any event, try to respect each other's decisions. Don't lambaste someone because his choice "sucks", is "ill-chosen" or "uninformed".




Only time will tell whether or not all voters will take the election seriously and choose their candidates based on their policies. This is the only way we can have an honest and informed debate rather than one that's solely driven by cash, ignorance, and popularity.
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Who cares? They'll all sugar coat their words and make empty promises that are convenient to what people want/need currently. Honest politicians won't last. We'll end up stuck picking between the lesser of two evils.

And if Hillary somehow wins (which is unlikely) I'm just going to assume the American people have gone to shit as a whole. No more Bush's. No more Clintons. Put another in office from either of those families and you're asking to get burned.
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Gun to my head & I had to pick today? Rick Perry. Maybe Marco Rubio, but I'd prefer someone with actual experience serving as an executive.
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dotsforlife wrote:

Who cares? They'll all sugar coat their words and make empty promises that are convenient to what people want/need currently. Honest politicians won't last. We'll end up stuck picking between the lesser of two evils.

And if Hillary somehow wins (which is unlikely) I'm just going to assume the American people have gone to shit as a whole. No more Bush's. No more Clintons. Put another in office from either of those families and you're asking to get burned.


I agree 100% with this. I feel that most politicians are similar to a car salesman, or any type of salesman for that matter. They all will tell you what you want to hear just to make the sale.
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they all suck equally
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Sogno- wrote:

they all suck equally


Yeah but nature abhors a vacuum.
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The GOP field is pretty uninspiring atm. The only one of interest is Rand Paul. The question is whether or not the hawks will kill his image in the media before a presidential primary debate comes about. They keep painting him as left of Obama in foreign policy. The problem with Obama's foreign policy isn't whether or not that it is left or right. The problem is that it is incoherent. Rand Paul's policy is pretty clear. But the alarmists just want to shoot everything it seems.

As for the Democratic field, Clinton seems corrupt as hell. That being said, whoever can make the world go around and improve the economy might have my vote. Clinton seems like she might be able to do that, but if she winds up opposing TPP for political reasons then idk if she would fit that criteria. Sanders and O'Malley both oppose TPP. People keep trashing it because it is discussed behind semi-secretive doors, but the fact of the matter is that nations never want their cards fully public. Otherwise, the negotiations would be fruitless. It would be like telling someone "Hey I'm willing to pay 50 dollars, but I would like to pay 25 dollars." If they know what you have, then they are gonna milk you for all it is worth. Trade deals will always have to be semi-secretive; for better and for worse. Obama is totally right on TPP, and Warren et al are wrong.

Candidates (and prospects) who I seriously oppose are the following: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Rick Santorum, and Bobby Jindal. All the others I'm still out on court.

If both parties wind up pissing me off too much with their nominations, I will prolly vote Gary Johnson.
Posted 5/30/15
heh, i wanna see negative campaigning
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Who is the next retard leading the US?
Posted 5/30/15 , edited 6/3/15

eclair-lumiere wrote:

No Barrack Obama? Well, I guess my country is screwed then. Whichever one hates the UK the least, please.

A President can't be elected more than twice. elected
Obama was honestly the best President this country had & I'm anxious about getting a new one.
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None. Bye!
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