Indiana Primary: Who should I vote for?

Tomorrow is my state’s day to vote for a potential candidate. So here is the deal:

who should I vote for?

let me know who I should vote for and why.

several rules:

  • stay positive. I’m not gonna vote for a candidate cuz i hate the others, i’m gonna pick them based on positives.
  • Don’t be jerks.
  • if you want, just give me some pros and cons for each candidate. i’d be interested in that dialogue too.

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8 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Jessica on May 5, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    I think you should vote for Obama. I think he has a better foreign policy, he is less in debt to lobbyists and big business, and he was the only one to sign an amnesty international document promising he would not use torture. I also think, while he’s not perfect, he has significantly more integrity than his opponents.

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  2. Adam,

    Thanks for your comment on my blog earlier. Of the three choices remaining, I have to say Obama. I think he has the potential to be an inspiring leader and our nation really needs that right now.

    We must find a way to build some bridges to others in the world and remove the dark cloud that has hung over us domestically for the last several years.

    Personally, none of the three is doing or saying enough for me as far as reversing the foreign and domestic policies we need to “undo”.

    I really cannot think of any positives to Hillary or McCain winding up at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

    McCain has a great deal of experience, but that is trumped by some very poor assessments of current policy. McCain seems intent on following through and expanding the failed Bush/Cheney middle east strategy by putting his politically bullet proof POW suit on and pushing forward.

    I once really liked him, but he has, frankly, lost my trust.

    Hillary, despite the fact I think she means well, really seems to be in this for Hillary. As I’ve watched this campaing unfold, I’ve sadly been forced to conclude that the Clintons really are all about what their worst political enemies say about them…the power.

    Policy-wise we get largely the same things with Obama without the Clinton baggage.

    Honestly, I still believe Ron Paul is the truthful and “real change” candidate America needs. I believe he will still be on your ballot tomorrow….don’t forget him.

    I think it is a good thing that Indiana actually has a say tomorrow. Best of luck in the booth.

    Ray

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  3. Posted by Susan on May 5, 2008 at 10:41 pm

    Please consider voting for Barack Obama. I support him because he is an intelligent man who could repair the reputation of the United States in the world. I know there is little policy difference between Obama and Clinton – they are both Democrats – I am a lifelong democrat so I agree with the majority of the stances of both. The difference is a choice of style. I chose Obama because I like his positive message and I like how he thinks before he speaks – and then tells the truth. I have been impressed with how respectful Obama is, how he doesn’t take cheap jabs at others – even when given the opportunity to do so (like during debates) he stays on message, he doesn’t change his message, nor his personality.

    I am a high school teacher in an urban school. I have seen the hope in my student’s faces when they speak to me about Obama. I want them to believe that in the United States anything is possible. I believe that Obama is a once-in-a-generation leader. I want to see him leading our country out of the economic downturn, and bringing our troops home from the war in Iraq.

    I realize my response is lacking in specifics about Obama’s policy – you can easily find that info on his website. I ask you to join with me in supporting Barack Obama.

    Thank you for considering Obama. Susan from Minnesota

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  4. Posted by Josselyn in Buffalo,NY on May 5, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Hi, Adam. I guess I should make my main argument to you based on my unique perspective as a constituent of Senator Clinton. If you don’t mind, I’m just going to give you a link to a diary I wrote recently that has many details and sources about how she has let my home town of Buffalo, NY down over the past seven years. http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/4/29/8525/60253/960/505500

    But, I didn’t start out being “against” Hillary. I did choose to be FOR Barack Obama over her back when I used to still have a very high opinion of her, so I’m going to give you the reason why in a nutshell. It’s not even that one candidate is so much “better” than the other, it’s that one thinks WE’RE capable of better. That we’re capable of better as a nation and as an engaged populace who pays attention to what our elected government is doing in our names. That we’re not stupid or lazy, to be blunt. And has the even temperament and basic characteristics to lead us. Because that’s ultimately what an executive does and where their greatest power lies – in leadership.

    I think Senator Clinton and Senator Obama ultimately have a very different view of what government is and how it should function. Senator Clinton did a tv ad in which she is labeling wrapped gifts that read “Health care” and “Education” etc. and I think that is how she views government. As an office from which good things flow, handed down from above. Senator Obama has the reverse view of government. That is an agency OF the people, there to do their will, or that it should be, anyway. That WE dictate how that government should participate in our lives [or NOT, as the case may be]. That we all participate, and continue to participate even after the election cycle is over and no matter who “won”. This is an argument as old as elected government in this country. Do the constituents elect whom they consider to be the best person for the job, then send them on their way to do as they deem best, or is that elected official to continually check in with their electorate re: their wishes on issues as they arise? Obviously, I think most representatives feel it’s a combination of the two, but, unfortunately, too many exterior factors intrude into that direct relationship, whether it be lobbyists and PACs, fellow party members with their own agendas, the media’s love of whatever makes a profit which means whatever is most sensational, etc. I think the world we live in and the past 8 years have proven that we can no longer just “trust” our elected officials to do “the right thing” or even as we wish. We must swing back to actively informing them when they go off course and try to elect one who is more beholden to the electorate than to lobbyists, corporate donors or even his own party. It’s the only way I see us “little people” of having any hope of wielding any power to ensure what we wish to see happen comes to fruition…or at least having a shot at it.

    Anyway, I didn’t mean to get quite so far into political theory! 🙂 I do firmly believe that you shouldn’t expect things to change if you vote for the same people who have lived their long careers mastering the system that is the problem. I don’t have some misty illusions as to what Obama will actually be able to accomplish [remember, I’m from the state where Elliot Spitzer was supposed to be our knight in shining armor!], but I’d rather support the one who at least is promising to listen and respect everyone, and I think has tried to demonstrate those beliefs through actions during a very difficult campaign season. He has NOT gone after his opponent on baggage that others could have, would have and may very well still do so in the general election.

    Anyway, if you’ve read this far, thank you…and thank you for being open to hearing arguments from complete strangers. 😉

    Best of luck in all things,
    Josselyn Borowiec
    Buffalo, NY

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  5. Posted by Fai on May 6, 2008 at 7:43 am

    Adam,

    I think it’s great that you’ve solicited input on making your decision on who to vote for. And it’s fitting that you should solicit opinions, as that is one of the many reasons why I am supporting Barack Obama. I believe his is a collaborative approach to governance, and an approach I feel we’ve moved much too far away from in our country.

    I feel strongly that it is everyone’s responsibility to work to ensure our communities and therefore our nation are as strong as they can be. Over the past 7 years, and even prior to that, we as citizens have allowed ourselves to disconnect from one another more and more. It feels as though we have turned too far inward, and perhaps worry more about ourselves, rather than about others. This self-preservation approach does not serve a society well. As a group, we are only as strong as our weakest individual. This turning inward has been very clearing evident within our government as well. As an institution, it has served to reinforce the trend of “me”, rather than “we”.

    When I was making my decision on who to support, I decided to listen very carefully to the way in which each of the candidates spoke. What words did they use? In what way did they communicate their message or their stand on issues? Of course, I was interested in the specifics of their policies, to ensure their positions were similar to mine. But, once I had made the determination it would be a choice from the slate of Democratic candidates, I was looking for the candidate who’s underlying message was something more than what he or she wanted to do or promise to us. I was looking for a candidate who would ask more of us. A candidate who seemed to recognize the inherent flaw in turning inward. A candidate that challenged us, as citizens, to reengage and take back the process from those who would co-op it.

    Based on that examination, it became clear to me who my choice had to be. Senator Obama’s core message to us is that WE must be engaged. He will be there to be our advocate, to help ensure we are given the resources and the platform in which to perform, to help ensure a level or more fair field. But he believes ultimately, that in order for our society to thrive, “me” must become “we” again. The belief that “I am my brother’s keeper” is central to the way in which he has and would govern.

    I know to some, this may seem naive. And there are those who simply have become too cynical and do not believe anything can change or improve, and they are just looking for the candidate that comes off as the best “fighter”; the one who seems to “play the game” best. And I can understand that cynicism, because I was almost lost to that. But we cannot give in to that cynicism, or we truly are lost. I simply refuse to believe that we can’t, as a society, expect and do better.

    Senator Obama asks all of us to expect more from ourselves and from the very nature of our government. That is why I have chosen to support him, and why I hope you will also make the choice to vote for him.

    Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share my thoughts with you.

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  6. Obama. I have been convinced ever since I heard his keynote address to the Sojourners a few years ago.

    Also, it may be a good idea to ask around not on the blog, “like such as” the good locals at Handy Andy to see what they think.

    It appears that people who read blogs are people who like Obama.

    More people should read blogs.

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  7. Posted by Bill on May 6, 2008 at 10:58 am

    I suggest you vote for Hillary.

    Obama has ties to terrorists, Farrakahn, and a host of other shady characters. He’s got no substance, and runs a campaign based on buzzwords and sound bytes. His experience is nil – try to find something good that he’s done for us during his time in the senate. He is a empty suit, and a socialist, through and through.

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  8. Bill.

    You give no reason for voting for Hillary. Only reasons not to vote for Obama. I think each candidate has a lot of reasons NOT to vote for them.

    Adam

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