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Old 01-09-2008, 03:55 PM   #16
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Ron Paul is good for the process regardless of where he stands. Because at the end of the day, even if his policies and views are way off, at least he's engaging the American people on some level.

As far as Obama goes, since I'm actually supporting him, I won't dare get into anything that will dispute what you believe or think about him. But being around the campaign, I will say that he has definitely laid out some very concrete plans on a number of issues. It's just that the clamour around him is so "loud" at times, that's not what people are buzzing about.

We'll see how it all shakes out in a few weeks.
That's what we need more of.

Sometimes, the candidates that don't have a real genuine shot at winning tend to be the most attractive. They'll speak there mind, and give you a lot of unadulterated information... that might not sound pretty, but is at least genuine.

Just because an idea is a little extreme, doesn't mean it's not worth talking about.
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That's what we need more of.

Sometimes, the candidates that don't have a real genuine shot at winning tend to be the most attractive. They'll speak there mind, and give you a lot of unadulterated information... that might not sound pretty, but is at least genuine.

Just because an idea is a little extreme, doesn't mean it's not worth talking about.
Conversely, the candidates who are the forerunners seem to get more and more vague, as if by being specific and honest they think risk alienating people.

I guess if you're in front it pays to suddenly go vague and fluffy.
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His message does resonate with a segment of the public. But I think those people generally agreee with him on an issue here and there. For instance, he's outspoken about the war but he also want's to get rid of the Federal Reserve. He's also made some controversial statements about public education.

I think if he were a leading candidate and was under the spotlight 24/7 like some of the others, most people wouldn't take as seriously as they suppose they do.
God forbid a person for making a comment about doing away with the well run federal public school system. I no nothing of the guy nor do I think I would vote for him but I get a kick out of when people talk about doing away with the federal school system. Everyone says its failing but its not the system failing its the lack of money. So we give them more money and things keep getting worse so we again give it more money and thing keep going down hill. If anyone metions doing away with the federal goverments role with schools everyone freaks out like they are doing such a great job. The way it works now we send our tax money to the fed then they take about 20% of the money for their share of cost in running schools then send us back the difference. We could increase spending with thet alone by 15 or more % then let the local people who know our local needs take care of education. If they are failing just vote them out of office.
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There can be plenty of clamor around a candidate who is mostly "fluff."

He's young, good looking, excellent speaker. The masses love that, regardless of what he's actually saying or not saying.

Like you said, I'm really not even debating political viewpoints here, but more campaign/candidate strategy and presentation. I've read through his issue stances on his website, and it all strikes me as incredibly vague. It's stuff like "Let's improve healthcare" and why it's so important, but never gets into the nitty gritty of how he's going to do it. That's really not even commenting on him as a person or an individual, but how his team is presenting him to the public.

Like I said, Hillary does a better job of this than Obama. I'm absolutely not a supporter of her and it'll be a cold, brisk day in hell before I cast a vote for her, but I think she beats Obama out on presenting substance and being detailed.
Ummm...I beg to differ. There is, or at least there should be, a very comprehensive outline of his healthcare plan on the website. And I've personally heard him outline segments of it as well. Not one candidate - not one - has outlined their entire healthcare plan in a public setting. It's just too nuanced and detailed.

As far as Obama v. Hillary. There are some style differences in how they present their ideas, concepts and policies. I won't argue that point. He's definitely a dymanic orator, and if that's one of his strengths, then he should by all means play to his strengths. I think at this stage in the race though, enough people have kicked the tires and looked under the hood enough to know that there is more to Obama than flash and glitz.
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Conversely, the candidates who are the forerunners seem to get more and more vague, as if by being specific and honest they think risk alienating people.

I guess if you're in front it pays to suddenly go vague and fluffy.
I agree with you here. Generally speaking, when a candidate is considered the front runner, he/she starts playing the polls like a scared boxer in the 12th round. Just don't get knocked out, play it safe. At that point, it's all about keeping the poll numbers steady.
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I am one of the many undecided voters. That said, if I had to choose between Obama and Hillary, I would go with Obama every day of the week and twice on Sunday. In my view, Hillary is the ultimate flip-flopper. I have no idea where she stands on any given issue. And her latest "feel sorry for me because politics is hard" bit makes me chuckle. Isn't she the same one who wanted praise for being able to hang tough with the big boys?
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I am one of the many undecided voters. That said, if I had to choose between Obama and Hillary, I would go with Obama every day of the week and twice on Sunday. In my view, Hillary is the ultimate flip-flopper. I have no idea where she stands on any given issue. And her latest "feel sorry for me because politics is hard" bit makes me chuckle. Isn't she the same one who wanted praise for being able to hang tough with the big boys?
I tend to believe Hilary has virtually no chance.

Even if she somehow wins the primaries... The debates will destroy her.

She looks as if she's coached beyond belief. She hasn't said anything against the grain. It's as if she's the walking, talking, smiling and waving Democratic platform. I really think your going to need (to be a leader) some sort of defiant stance on a given issue.

Maybe I just haven't been paying enough attention to her...
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The guy is irrelevant, he doesnt stand a chance at the presidency. He's just a nobody.
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Oh I didn't know that kinda stuff about Ron Paul. Honestly, I have never actually looked into his views on Civil Rights and stuff all I know is very superficial but what I knew I liked. But after all this, I'm over him. I'm still not voting for Huckabee, that guy is an Evangelist's wet dream. Not to hate on Evangelists, just the ones I've met are just a little too conservative and always have an "I'm better than you, because X" type of attitude.

I'm still riding the Obama train. Hillary has been losing a little support because of her constant thrashing of Obama lately and throwing that "he has no experience" excuse out there. How do you guys feel about that?
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I'm still riding the Obama train. Hillary has been losing a little support because of her constant thrashing of Obama lately and throwing that "he has no experience" excuse out there. How do you guys feel about that?
Hosting dinners at the White House and sleeping with the President for several decades does equal "political experience." I'm not sure why she thinks she can play the experience card when she has less political experience than Obama.
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I'm still not sure what to think of Clinton and Obama. I thought Hillary made good points about herself and about the competition (particularly Barack) this past Saturday but it came across as kind of petty.

What I really didn't understand was when Obama said to Hillary "You're likeable enough" What was that all about?

Anyhow, either one I think is a far better choice than Ron Paul
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Hosting dinners at the White House and sleeping with the President for several decades does equal "political experience." I'm not sure why she thinks she can play the experience card when she has less political experience than Obama.
The reason my friend told me was because she "Has experience with foreign policy". Granted, I don't know much about Hillary and her foreign policy experience but apparently its more than what Obama has?

And apparently this experience is supposed to help us pull out of Iraq as well...?
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I wanted to start this very same thread but couldn't be bothered. I don't know if he was the author of some of the things that appeared on his newsletter but it was all done under his name.

I saw him on the Meet The Press too and he appeared quite foolish when he said I am against pork belly yet when pressed about 10 million dollars he slipped into a bill for his district he tried to explain his action by saying "but I didn't vote for it." Even worse, he tried to pass his actions off as means of getting a tax refund for his constituents. By his that logic any member of congress can make that same argument.

How f'ing disappointing...he's just another sad old man.
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The reason my friend told me was because she "Has experience with foreign policy". Granted, I don't know much about Hillary and her foreign policy experience but apparently its more than what Obama has?
Hillary has been in the Senate since 2000 and Barak since 2004. Prior to that, Hillary was First Lady whereas Barak was in the Illinois State Senate. Neither one of them can play the "experience" card. To the extent that either one of them plays the "experience" card, I find it somewhat interesting that they are both playing the "change" card as well.
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I think the best thing for the country is for Obama and McCain to win their parties' nomination. I feel like either one of those candidates is a solid step forward from where we are currently.
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