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I don't normally post in this forum...I'm abit out of my league.... But I've been thinking about this a lot.<br><br>
Ashamedly I have to admit that I've never voted. Either I haven't been registered or I forget <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> But I plan to vote this coming election and even my local elections....<br><br>
Anyway, who would you like to see as the next President?
 

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I would be satified with Not Bush but I am trying not to start foaming at the mouth until after the primaries.
 

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Count me in the "Not-Bush" category.<br><br>
Right now, none of the Democrats impress me overmuch. I can't say that I'd rather have Al Sharpton than GW, but any of the frontrunners would do.<br><br>
Normally, I tend to vote with my conscience (which tends to be towards a 3rd party candidate, though not always)...but I'm willing to sell out for this coming election.<br><br>
Which is too bad, really, because it means yet another 4 years for the Democratic party to refuse to wake up and/or remain lukewarm as no doubt many normal "Indies" such as myself will do the same.<br><br>
If the close election in 2000 didn't wake 'em up, almost nothing will. But I'm not willing to make my children suffer the alternative.
 

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OH....like Kitty (hi kitty!) I tend to vote 3rd party, most often Green. I have voted for Ralph Nader in every single electino so far.<br><br>
This time, I will also most likely "sell out" and go for whichever Not-Bush democrat makes it. I think under all the hype, these two parties have too much in common, but there is enough *not* in common to get bush the hell out of there.
 

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Right now I'm supporting Howard Dean. I have been home watching CSpan & breastfeeding for 3 months now & have seen 2 debates& a healthcare presentation with all 9 candidates & campaign stops from Dean & Kerry. Dean's positions are very close to mine & he is a clear speaker, not all that equivocating people from congress do.<br><br>
I really think all the candidates are interesting & have their role. I saw Carol Mosely-Braun speak & I just thought what a lovely & gentle country we would have to be to elect her. I also really like Kucinich's anger. He gets me really fired up. And Sharpton gets the roundest applause of all of them when he speaks! At the debate sponsered by the Sheetmetal Workers Union, Bill Press asked Sharpton what his goal in running for office was. Sharpton said that his Grandma always said that you can't get a donkey to do anything by being nice to it, you have to slap it~ he said that his goal is to "slap this donkey (the democratic party) all the way to the white house." It was better when he said it!
 

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I like Kucinich the best so far but I am still hoping General Clark will run.
 

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Kucinich.<br><br>
And, I don't know if I can sell out and vote against my conscience..........it has been sooooo long. If Kucinich doesn't get the nod I'll probably be back in the 3rd party camp.<br><br><br><br>
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I like Dean the best of all the Democratic candidates. However, I'll vote Notbush no matter who gets the nomination.
 

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"Anybody But Bush" pretty well describes it.<br><br>
Actually, I think some of the Dem candidates are quite wonderful. Many have lots of Congressional experience and have a great understanding of how things work in the US and in Washington. Some of them have new ideas and that could open the door for new possibilities. They all seem to be moral people, although I know Carol MB has been in trouble before with finances. Dean, Kerry, and Kucinich have my attention right now. Bob Graham also understands state govt. very well. But I like Dean's fiscal conservatism, and I think he stands a good chance.<br><br>
In Texas, there are "yellow dog democrats" who would vote for a yellow dog before a Republican. I'm not that radical as I have voted Republican in the past. But this isn't my old Republican Party which used to keep govt out of people's private lives, keep deficits down, etc.
 

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I like listening to Kucinich; he's got brains, and he seems a fearless pragmatist. He's my favorite thus far, and I'd like to see him become the next President. It makes me sad that he's not the best looking of the choices. I know that figures in, and it upsets me.<br><br>
I'll vote Dem regardless, count me in among the NotBush voters.
 

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While DH & I were watching the Dem debate on PBS last week (and Sharpton couldn't make it due to transportation problems) DH *kept* saying, "but it would be so much cooler with al sharpton," "why isn't sharpton here?" etc...<br><br>
Accd to the poll posted a while ago, Kucinich (how do you pronounce that again?) is most in line with my views (BTW, that *freaks* FIL out, lol). I'm pretty much behind Dean, though, logically. Honestly, ABB is who I will vote for and I will *not* vote for a 3rd party candidate. I cannot, as a matter of conscience, put Bush back in the white house.<br><br>
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No way on Dean. He's for the 'gradual removal' of our people in Iraq. No! Bring them home now. I got two cousins there and it hurts.<br><br><a href="http://www.bringthemhomenow.com" target="_blank">www.bringthemhomenow.com</a><br><br>
Kucinich for President.
 

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While DH & I were watching the Dem debate on PBS last week (and Sharpton couldn't make it due to transportation problems) DH *kept* saying, "but it would be so much cooler with al sharpton," "why isn't sharpton here?" etc...<br></b></td>
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Oh, I don't doubt that Rev. Sharpton could liven the place up a bit. It's not that I dislike him, it's just that I don't really believe he'd be able to pull together a cohesive cabinet. He does not really strike me as a team player, if you know what I mean. Now, GW is able to pull together an effin' scary team, and sidesteps too well. But I think I would wince equally to have either one represent our country, just for very different reasons.<br><br>
However, if Al's name is on the ticket, then so be it. I will vote for a turnip, a naked mole rat, or a sock puppet, if it means that Rumsfeld and Ashcroft would be gone gone gone.
 

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Things aren't good when "the American people" are offering to vote for turnips, rodents or sock puppets.
 

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I'm actually leaning toward not Bush myself (gasp....just don't tell anyone <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">)<br><br>
I saw Dean a couple months back. I like what he was saying and that he wouldn't be bullied into letting the interviewer put words in his mouth. I like that he knew what he had said in previous interviews so when the reporter said, Well you said......, he was able to say No, I said......<br><br>
Which might be kinda minor but I like a man who isn't afraid to back up what he has said before....kwim? But I'm not sure where he stands on other "issues"
 

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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by Tigerchild</i><br><b>Normally, I tend to vote with my conscience (which tends to be towards a 3rd party candidate, though not always)...but I'm willing to sell out for this coming election.</b></td>
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The sad thing is, the more people that are willing to "sell out", the less likely we are to end up with a government that actually represents us.<br><br>
I've always voted my conscience in the past, which leads away from the two-party system more often than not, and I'm going to continue to do so.
 

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And while I totally support your right to vote your conscience, I can't have it on my conscience that I, in any way, helped put the demon shrub back in office. If it was someone like McKain running for the rebublicans, then I wouldn't be terrified of them winning, but...<br><br>
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<table border="0" cellpadding="6" cellspacing="0" width="99%"><tr><td class="alt2" style="border:1px inset;"><i>Originally posted by veggiewolf</i><br><b>The sad thing is, the more people that are willing to "sell out", the less likely we are to end up with a government that actually represents us.<br><br>
I've always voted my conscience in the past, which leads away from the two-party system more often than not, and I'm going to continue to do so.</b></td>
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Bully for you! There's always room for saints/true defenders. However, I am first and foremost a pragmatist. I voted for Mr. Nader in 2000, and got Rumsfeld and Ashcroft...and obviously the Democratic Party whiners didn't get my particular message (after all, it was all Nader's fault Bush won, right? Couldn't have been Gore's spoiled brat behavior or inept campaign management, could it?).<br><br>
Frankly, I am MORE worried about the burden my children will already shoulder because of this administration increasing, than trying to build up a multiple party system within the next two years. I'll go back to doing that after 2004. Too late to do so right now, IMO. I just want the man out of office. Not that it's likely to happen with an electorate that believes that Iraq was behind 9/11...but...even a cynic like me needs hope, and their ain't none with a 3rd party right now, for 2004, as far as I'm concerned.
 
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