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About those endorsements...

Posted Wednesday, March 5, 2008, at 11:25 AM

John McCain and Barack Obama have taken heat lately over endorsements from individuals whose proclamations some find offensive.

Do endorsements really make that much difference, as long as any candidate doesn't agree with all facets of the endorser's message or let that endorser influence their thoughts?

I suspect opponents play the usual political games: Try to connect that candidate with someone considered liberal/prejudiced/a crackpot/offensive.

I do think candidates should make clear their personal disagreements with endorsers' controversial beliefs.

But I personally am not going to vote for or against anyone based simply on someone else's suggestions. Those who can't make up their minds for themselves doesn't need to be voting.

Added note: I wish Mike Huckabee had finished better in the GOP primary. His Christian views added to the race and needed to be heard. Anyone else think he'd make a good vice-president?


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Personally, if I were McCain, I would have hated to hear that GWB was going to endorse me. That, in my opinion, would have been the kiss of death to his campaign if he had done this earlier in the campaign.

But you can't generally blame a candidate for the people that have "endorsed" them unless the candidate has sought out this endorsement.

-- Posted by Thom on Wed, Mar 5, 2008, at 11:46 AM

You are right a Bush endorsement would be the kiss of death and I think they all knew this. That is probably why he didn't endorse him until after he got the nomination secured. But you have to look at it this way, Bush is Republican Who else would he endorse but another fellow Republican? But I do have to say I think both Obama and Hillary have people who would like to endorse them also but they too know it would be the kiss of death. But I am sure after the Democratic nomination is over we'll see more endorsements.

But there is still a difference in an endorsement and people who you associate with on your own free will.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Wed, Mar 5, 2008, at 12:16 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.