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Candidate or party?

Posted Sunday, August 16, 2009, at 10:39 PM

I'll freely admit when I go to the polls I vote for the candidate, not because he or she is affiliated with a certain political party.

And, I'll also admit that too often I find myself forced to vote for the candidate I consider the lesser of too evils.

What does the Democrat or Republican tag tied to a candidate now mean to you when you go to the polls?


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Unfortunately there isn't much difference between the two anymore.

-- Posted by quietmike on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 5:18 AM

the title, or tag or party does not mean a thing, my vote goes to whomever believes the bible and follows Christ, I can vote with a clean conscience that way. For instance, I am against abortion and gay rights , so why would I vote for a politician who supports it, kind of defeats the purpose.

-- Posted by michaelbell on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 5:35 AM

I vote for the candidate . . . the last election I voted for one independent, two democrats and one republican I believe.

Unfortunately so many people vote just on party lines and that is why we get stuck with so many horrible choices!

-- Posted by jaxspike on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 7:13 AM

I vote the candidate first and don't worry about party on LOCAL elections, but by the time it gets to State and especially national, party has a definite influence.

While the last 6 years blurred the differences between D and R I vote one way more than another. I would have to know the candidate personally before I would be convinced they would not always follow party lines and that they could be effectual within that party.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 7:29 AM

I always vote for the candidate. I've also often stated that I considered my choices the lesser of two evils.

I consider myself independant, but if I had to bear a label, I suppose I would call myself a Libertarian.

-- Posted by Nobody'sFool on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 11:51 AM

"The lesser of TWO evils", not "too" evils.

-- Posted by transplant on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 4:12 PM

I vote just like you Bo. By the candidate.

-- Posted by dh38583 on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 4:51 PM

I tend to vote for the candidate with a voting record that closely represents my own values. I determine this by checking for myself instead of listening to the media hype. However there are those who would vote for the devil himself just because he had that little D or R beside his name. Blind allegiance to a single party serves only to further the cause of devisiveness.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 5:15 PM

There is a distinct difference in the two parties platforms; this is reflected in their votes. Our legislature's votes today are along party lines. Politicians respect power and influence, the best way of gaining any of that is either through campaign contributions, or by volunteering for a candidate or the party. I vote for the party.

-- Posted by Grit on Mon, Aug 17, 2009, at 7:59 PM

Well I voted for Ross Perot and who is to say Ralph Nader wouldn't do a great job, he seems to be GREEN !

-- Posted by abner_t on Tue, Aug 18, 2009, at 10:24 AM

I vote for the candidate. As in last year's general election, I voted for at least one of each party...just worked out that way.

I believe one should look at the candidate's record (or personal history if there is no voting record) to decide whether or not they agree with the way the candidate is likely to vote. Many people are not happy with the way a particular candidate has turned out after being elected. All you can do is try your best to determine whether or not you agree with that candidate before voting on them.

PLEASE don't let anyone influence your voting before doing at least some research on your own.

-- Posted by Thom on Tue, Aug 18, 2009, at 11:46 AM


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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette.
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