20 July 2007

Presidential Election 2008

If you would have asked me a couple years ago who my favorite Republican & Democratic presidential candidates were, I would have probably answered John McCain & Hillary Rodham Clinton. That was a couple years ago. A lot has changed since then. I have watched more debates, as well as more television interviews. Even more importantly to me, I have watched how different candidates have voted on issues. After all, actions do speak much louder than words.

I am registered "no party", and still have not decided for which primary I will register.

Candidates on the Republican side (in alphabetical order):
  1. Sam Brownback
  2. Newt Gingrich
  3. Rudy Giuliani
  4. Chuck Hagel
  5. Mike Huckabee
  6. Duncan Hunter
  7. John McCain
  8. George Pataki
  9. Ron Paul
  10. Mitt Romney
  11. Tom Tancredo
  12. Tommy Thompson
  13. Fred Thompson

Candidates on the Democratic side (in alphabetical order):

  1. Joe Biden
  2. Hillary Rodham Clinton
  3. Chris Dodd
  4. John Edwards
  5. Al Gore
  6. Mike Gravel
  7. Dennis Kucinich
  8. Barack Obama
  9. Bill Richardson
The reason I wrote Republican candidates before Democratic candidates was simply for 2 reasons:
  1. the republican list was longer
  2. the current executive branch is Republican

If the primary presidential election was today:

If I was registered Republican, I would vote for Ron Paul simply because to me, he seems like he has the most sense, does not appear to be a Bush "yes" man, does not give me the impression that he will run this country on paranoia like his predecessor.

I also liked Ron Paul in the debate against Rudy Giulliani. After that televised debate, you could not pay me to vote for Giulliani. It is bad enough that Giulliani sucked as the mayor of New York and was about to be voted out of office on 11 September 2001, and then somehow, Giulliani's political career was saved at the expense of thousands of casualties.

The way Ron Paul voted is also a huge plus to me. You can see for yourself on this website: http://blog.washingtonpost.com/capitol-briefing/2007/02/iraq_debate_by_the_numbers.html

Now, on to the other side of the isle if the election was today:

If I was registered Democrat, I would vote for...shoot...this one is more difficult for me. Let's start with who would not receive my vote:

I would not vote for anyone who voted for the war. This can be seen on the senate website at http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=107&session=2&vote=00237

There were 77 yeas and 23 nays.

Those that voted for the war were:

Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Baucus (D-MT)
Bayh (D-IN)
Bennett (R-UT)
Biden (D-DE)
Bond (R-MO)
Breaux (D-LA)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Campbell (R-CO)
Cantwell (D-WA)
Carnahan (D-MO)
Carper (D-DE)
Cleland (D-GA)
Clinton (D-NY)
Cochran (R-MS)
Collins (R-ME)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
Daschle (D-SD)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dodd (D-CT)
Domenici (R-NM)
Dorgan (D-ND)
Edwards (D-NC)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Feinstein (D-CA)
Fitzgerald (R-IL)
Frist (R-TN)
Gramm (R-TX)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Harkin (D-IA)
Hatch (R-UT)
Helms (R-NC)
Hollings (D-SC)
Hutchinson (R-AR)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kerry (D-MA)
Kohl (D-WI)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lincoln (D-AR)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Miller (D-GA)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Nickles (R-OK)
Reid (D-NV)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Santorum (R-PA)
Schumer (D-NY)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-NH)
Smith (R-OR)
Snowe (R-ME)
Specter (R-PA)
Stevens (R-AK)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thompson (R-TN)
Thurmond (R-SC)
Torricelli (D-NJ)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)

The only ones who voted against the war were:

Akaka (D-HI)
Bingaman (D-NM)
Boxer (D-CA)
Byrd (D-WV)
Chafee (R-RI)
Conrad (D-ND)
Corzine (D-NJ)
Dayton (D-MN)
Durbin (D-IL)
Feingold (D-WI)
Graham (D-FL)
Inouye (D-HI)
Jeffords (I-VT)
Kennedy (D-MA)
Leahy (D-VT)
Levin (D-MI)
Mikulski (D-MD)
Murray (D-WA)
Reed (D-RI)
Sarbanes (D-MD)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Wellstone (D-MN)
Wyden (D-OR)

Notice all the presidential candidates who voted for the war, and not a single presidential candidate is on the "against the war" list. Now, to be far, not all presidential candidates were Senators in 2002, and only Senators in 2002 had the option of voting for or against going to war against Iraq.

So thank goodness the primary election is not today, as I am still undecided.

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