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Thoughts on the candidatesPosted Tuesday, February 12, 2008, at 9:27 AM
Rush Limbaugh says he simply will not vote for John McCain because he's supposedly not conservative enough.
Limbaugh, at least, has guts enough to stand up for himself, whether you agree or not with his stance. But are Republicans going to damage their chances by demanding their nominee pass a "litmus test?"
McCain will likely have guts enough to stand up for himself as well -- but will the party platform written for him rein him in?
It seems like some want to slap a label on everything political. Why can't candidates simply be themselves instead of representing a so-called "party platform?"
Why can't someone be, for example, "liberal" in some areas but "conservative" in others -- as, for example, pro-life yet liberal when it comes to the economy?
Meanwhile, my thoughts on the three leading candidates:
John McCain: His admittance that he knows little about economics is troubling. I've paid more attention to comments about his hot temper. Do we need a hothead in office? And is 71 too old? His vice-presidential choice will be extremely critical. Could the president-in-waiting end up being a powerful economic czar?
Hillary R. Clinton: Is it just me or does she come across as arrogant? She also seems like the exact opposite of the kind of woman Bill would be attracted to...but then, as they say, opposites attract. But I like some of her economic plans and they seem more realistic than the other candidates'.
Barack Obama: Great speaker, lots of big plans, few details about how those plans will be funded -- in other words, lots of talk but lack of substance? I like how he talks of the future instead of the past, though.
But I'm not really drawn to any of them. Be thankful our nation doesn't revolve around one leader.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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