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Old 10-27-2008, 09:51 PM   #1
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Top 3 Reasons for voting for your candidate

With one week to go, let's lay our cards on the table.

Me:

Candidate of choice: Obama
Reasons:
1. He will get the US out of Iraq, finishing a failed war that should've never started in the first place under the circumstances. The troops need peace, and need to shake off the nightmarish life they've had to live for the last 5 years. What may happen in Iraq after the US leaves won't be pretty, but it's up to the Iraqi's now. They have GWB to blame.
2. He will be better at fixing the economy than McCain. We can argue this point all week, but that's my opinion. Taxing is a prickly issue, but we've got to pay for our financial mess somehow. The original tax plan he proposed will certainly be amended in the congress anyhow. I also think he will put money where it counts: healthcare, education, and middle class tax cuts.
3. He will restore US respect around the world. He is the polar opposite of GWB, the man responsible for our current hated position with every other country. And, to a greater extent, the fact that he would be the first African-American to be president is one of the biggest triumphs in all of politics. He is intelligent, patient, rational, and inspirational. This is what this country needs right now.

I could name many other reasons, but let's keep this brief. Those are my top 3.
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:32 PM   #2
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Obama

1. I'm a socialist.

2. White guilt.

3. I'm from fake America.
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:39 PM   #3
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1. I drank the Kool-Aid.

2. He's, like, soooooo cute.

3. My favorite actor told me to.

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1. He's a liberal
2. He's a White Sox fan
3. He smokes cigarettes
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:12 PM   #5
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Sorry, JOFO, I'm sure you're looking for actual, serious responses.

I'm voting for Obama because I believe he is the better choice of the two. Is he perfect? No. Is there stuff I disagree with him on? Yes. Is he a better choice than McCain? In my mind, yes.

Edit - actually, I want to change my reason to this: I believe Obama is looking out for me more than McCain is.

1. I think he'll be better for America than McCain.

2. I think he'll be better for me (single female American of a certain tax bracket) than McCain.

3. Just to piss off my parents. (kidding. )
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:13 PM   #6
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His temperament and even keel demeanor, I believe he is thoughtful and rational and calm. His intelligence and ability to get along with various types of people, I believe he possesses both of those qualities

I'm hoping his policies will help the middle class

To change the image of and feelings about the US in the world, am hoping he can do that
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:20 PM   #7
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Obama:

I believe he will get us out of Iraq sooner
He is despised by the religious right, 'nuff said right there.
While flawed, his plans for the economy, healthcare have more merit


Bonus:

His judgement is not so flawed as to have someone like Sarah Palin in his ticket.
He could have gone after McCain/Palin for so many things (not speaking out against domestic terrorists who bomb abortion clinics, ties to Charles Keating, Pinochet, international terrorist Ollie North, etc) but has kept things positive for the most part.
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:29 PM   #8
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Obama

1) Supreme court nominations
2) Best chance to get this deficit spending under control.
3) Best chance of undoing the damage to our constitution and civil rights that the last 8 years have done.

Bonus: Best chance of earning back some of the respect we lost from the rest of the world.
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:46 PM   #9
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Obama

1. I'm a socialist.

2. White guilt.

3. I'm from fake America.
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Originally Posted by corianderstem View Post
1. I drank the Kool-Aid.

2. He's, like, soooooo cute.

3. My favorite actor told me to.



Thanks, I needed the laugh this morning

Obama

I agree with many here. I think he will be better for America than McCain. I don't think any candidate can do all they propose to do while campaiging, but I believe he will take the country in a better direction and restore the faith that many have lost over the last 8 years. He's intelligent & speaks well (unlike GWB). And he seems to understand how people are hurting right now. Cydewaze mentioned the Supreme Court. While not the #1 issue for me, this is very important now & for our future. And again, cydewaze mentioned the fact that we may gain back some respect in the world previously lost by the current administration.
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Old 10-28-2008, 12:58 PM   #10
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1. the impossibility of me possibly ever voting for a Republican for POTUS because the party has checks to write to the religious right that most often manifests itself in judicial appointments at all levels of government, especially the SCOTUS.

2. a black man with a Muslim-sounding name will likely subvert the calcified notions of what an American is and what the president and the government does on the proverbial "Arab Street," and the creation of a more elastic understanding of the US will be far more effective than bombs in fighting the so-called GWOT.

3. he gets us above and beyond the political paralysis of the Baby Boom generation -- they all still fucking hate each other and i'm sick of it.



these are global reasons for Obama, if you want reasons for why Obama is preferable to McCain, i can come up with lots of those as well.
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:59 PM   #11
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Barack Obama

These are reasons I would vote for him if my birthday was a little more than 60 days earlier.

1. His sound judgment and, consequently, his correct viewpoint on most of the issues, especially those that actually matter.

2. Who he will nominate to the court is much better than the alternative.

3. He does not resent me for living in the northeast near a city and being an educated, in-the-know citizen. Or, as Republicans would call me, an "elite."
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:22 PM   #12
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Obama:

1. Avert nuclear holocaust due to McCain's imulsiveness and hawkishness and/or Palin's incompetence

2. Tackle global warming and avert death of the species/planet due to climate change

3. Avert descending into the combination of a police-state and crazy short-on-food-and-other-necessities society.
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Old 10-28-2008, 05:13 PM   #13
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Helen Clark:

1. Simply don't trust John Key - a history of flip flopping and sheer lies, from himself and the party

2. Lesser of two evils, while this Labour government isn't the ever, they've not broken the country, which is what we need at the moment.

3. I still don't trust John Key. Big tax cuts when we can't even afford the little tax cuts we're getting, onya douchebag.



Oh, your election. Never mind me.
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Old 10-28-2008, 05:47 PM   #14
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obama

1. he'll get us out of iraq

2. mccain's run a terrible campaign, which is disapointing, and is 8 years too late.

3. bloomberg didn't run


i feel mccain could be an okay president... obama could be one of the greatest presidents we've ever had or an absolute disaster. either way is okay with me, 'cause frankly if a 4 year republican disaster is followed by a 4 year democrat disaster perhaps maybe we'll finally have enough common sense to elect a third party candidate.

a man can dream, can't he?
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Old 10-28-2008, 06:12 PM   #15
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Obama

1. I'm pretty much a socialist.
2. He seems more in touch with reality (as in touch as a wealthy politician can be, I know).
3. His priorities are more in line with mine. I feel like McCain's campaign is centered on things that are in the middle of my priority list, at best.

Bonus: I like Joe Biden. If Sarah Palin were to become POTUS, I'd want to shoot myself in the uterus.
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