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OT: The Next President

Hi Pters!

I am not American, but we are all watching your elections with utter fascination. I am fascinated to know what you think about Obama vs Clinton and who your think will ultimately be your next president.


Thu. May 8, 10:45pm

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You luckily aren't seeing the mud slinging. I am a democrat, so I am happy that I am being represented by either by a woman or an African American man. More so, I plan on voting for either one, because I whole-heartedly want America out of the war, and the republican candidate (who is ancient) is plannning on staying in indefinately.

Thursday, May 08, 2008, 10:55 PM

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I was actually rooting for Hillary until she came up with that stupid gas tax break... it revealed that she would not stick to fiscal responsibility if she could get a political gimmick out of it. I think Obama will get the democratic nomination and then the real fun will begin. I will be very interested to see if white America can support a black candidate... I have my doubts. McCain will destroy our economy even more than bush has.. I think if the Iraqis are forced to stand up for themselves, they will be ready... I hope so. We need to stop this.

I heard that some big shot is predicting $7/gal gasoline. We can't fight a war at those prices..

Friday, May 09, 2008, 12:17 AM

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As a Democrat,

I am ashamed of my party and what a mess it has made of these primary elections. I think Howard Dean and the head honchos of the party really screwed this up, and we're clearly in four yet ANOTHER 4 years of Republican party rule.

I will be switching to Independent, and deciding in November who I will be voting for, whether the candidate be McCain, an Independent Clinton or a surprise Bloomberg. I cannot bring myself to vote for the sham of a man that is Barack Obama.

Friday, May 09, 2008, 4:51 AM

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McCain interests me because he is hated by the extreme right wing in the us. Which means he is doing something right. Obama interests me because he is a man of obvious intelligence. But I wonder what is core beliefs are. I'm not bothered that he is close to some people who are crazy (aren't we all?), but he expressed a real indifference to their behavior. And some of that stuff is really insulting to most of the country. It just took him so long to say "those people are just crazy."

I'm sad Hillary is done. She is the smartest of the bunch. I'm leaning to McCain, but could be convinced to vote for Obama if I got a better sense of who he is.

Friday, May 09, 2008, 7:38 AM

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I think that the media has far too much influence in telling people who to vote for. For most of the primary season, they gave Obama a free ride. They loooooove Obama. Whereas, they give a more balanced picture of McCain and Clinton, and the fact is that all three have a few warts.

I am ecstatic that our candidates this year have been diverse, also including Bill Richardson of NM, an Hispanic. Up until this point I have been despairing that the 2-party system would ever give us real CHOICES.

And I think it is great that it has really been a race between candidates for the democratic nomination. People are excited about voting! And even the last states to vote really count! North Carolina was pretty much disenfranchised in the last last presidential election, for instance -- it did not even hold a primary! This year it was a major state. This is a HUGE boost for our system.

Personally, of the candidates remaining I think Hillary is the best. But I will definitely vote for Obama if he wins the nomination. Or let me put it this way -- I will vote against McCain. I am a scientist, and McCain has shown himself to be anti-science in many cases. I am pro-choice, and McCain is rabidly against a woman's right to choose -- and in fact, I think he is misogynist in many respects. I think he will keep us in Iraq for longer than we need to be there. And I think he is too old to lead a demographically young nation.

Friday, May 09, 2008, 8:10 AM

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I am a conservative republican. I will be voting for McCain. I am confident in his attitude regarding the war. He is in my eyes is the only one who's being honest . It is true, unfortunatly we will be in Iraq for the next one hundred years. If you look at our history we have troops always left behind "completing the job" for instance in Germany, the Gulf war and basically every other part of the world we have faught with. I do not agree with this but I actually respect the honesty about the statements McCain has made. The truth is, it does not matter, whom ever the next President is will be credited for getting us "out" of the war. It is just the timing game and will fall into whom ever's lap has the job next.
I truly feel that Obama is just bad news. I feel that there is no trust there. And yes I agree w/ show me your friends and I'll tell you who you are. I can not stand that he refuses to wear ann American flag on his lapel. I find it so difficult to see how he can use Bill Aires' home to host a party and get his campaing running ...he is a known associate of terriosts. I am a NY and have seen up close and personal how terrorism has effected my life and family. I do not want someone leading our country that I can not even stomach b/c he's not patriotic enough in my eyes. Also still can not find anything he truly has done. I would not trust and or hire a "new" contractor to build or pratice on how to build my home. Let alone In our country I am certain that this is not the time to give a"new comer" a chance to "change" our country by hiring a guy. who has no experience. I can not think about"hiring him and letting his first job be rebuilding our country. At least Clinton has experience . Now do not get me wrong I feel as though she is not exactly trustworthy either, but I would have to say that just her pride in the country would make her a more worthy canidate. And her experience.
Overall our country needs help and with the war I would turn to the one who has been on the front lines. McCain has been on the front lines and also stands up for what he believes, in the sense that we conservatives are not completly happy with him, b/c he's not conservative enough. But for me he's honest enough. I do like HIS idea of the gas least it helps me now and today, I realize it is not a permanent solution but I can use the extra $63 dollars in my pocket (not $28) that Barak figures it to be..ya see we are struggling here and now and will take any tax break we can get.
Bottom line we need to pray for our country and for evryone voting to truly vote and think not to be fooled or influenced by the tainted media...we all need to think for ourselves and truly invstigate, watch the canidates and get a sense of who they truly are not what party t hey are from but who would represnt and honor us by the job they will do for the best interest of our country....for me that is McCain,

Friday, May 09, 2008, 8:35 AM

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We Are Screwed Either Way !!

How about a candidate that,
1 - Will pull out of Iraq, so no more $ or lives are lost
2 - Take said $ saved and develop a universal health care plan similar to other countries.
3 - Introduce 1 year Maternity leave (paid) so that $ does not need to be put into pre-school education
4 - Focus on the pathetic economy that GWB has completly neglected because of his ego and the middle east.

Friday, May 09, 2008, 8:54 AM

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I'm a Hillary supporter but will back Obama when he gets the nomination. I have always thought there was something phony about him, can't put my finger on it.I think he's an excellent orator, but there doesn't seem to be a plan attached to his words. I don't like the fact that he is for merit pay for teachers....just a bad idea. McCain will simply continue the course we're currently on and I can't stomach that. To say that we've remained in countries like Germany post-war is not a fair comparison to the Republican plan in Iraq. We're not in Germany today because we fear another Nazi outbreak. We're there simply because there are jobs that can't (won't) be taken away. If McCain is elected, we will stay in active combat in Iraq for the foreseeable future, and I don't think most Americans want that.

Not trying to start a fight here, but I can't fathom why anyone would vote for McCain at this point. We're in an unwinnable war, our economy is a mess, and our current government has turned a deaf ear to the environment. Why would you consider anyone who promotes the status quo? And so what if Obama doesn't wear a flag pin? I don't wear one, does that make me unpatriotic? Why is that the standard of a candidate's patriotism? And to say he's essentially a terrorist is the same as calling McCain a warmonger. I'm from NY as well, and I also have seen what terrorism does first hand, so why would I vote for a party that ignored the warning signs of that terrible day?


Friday, May 09, 2008, 8:59 AM

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If only hilary didn't screw up. Mccain will undoubtedly be our next preisdent. Which isn't the worst outcome.

Friday, May 09, 2008, 9:03 AM

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I agree with 7:38 AM

But need to further add that Obama is rather dismissive when he either cannot answer the questions or when he just plain doesn't like the question (maybe those two are the same thing). Because of Obama's dismissiveness, I somehow doubt that we will know much more about Obama before November 2008. Obama just can't seem to stop dancing *around* the questions and the issues.

Friday, May 09, 2008, 9:03 AM

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