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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hatuey View Post
    Awkward, I thought the main reason why people didn't want to vote for Obama was because of his allegedly personal connections to Wright, Ayers and father? How funny that when the personal life of a politician we like is in question, all the sudden it's off limits. Romney's religion? Off limits. Gringich's affairs? Off limits. Obama's schooling? Clinton's affairs? Well those were different. Right? In the last 20 years, Republicans perfected the art of public assassination of a person's life through the guise of "character" questions. Now all of a sudden digging up angry exwifes, girlfriends, and anybody who has anything bad to say about you is no longer acceptable.

    The best part is that there are so many people here who tried to use Obama's supposed links to "Islam" as a reason to attack him. Anybody remember when Obama was a secret Muslim and we on the left were too blind to see it? And if we did see it, how could we justify voting for a Mooslum? Now religion is off limits, affairs are off limits and your kids are off limits even if you use them as your own personal little cash cows and sympathy cards.
    Oh, whatever.

    I didn't vote for Obama because he's on the wrong side of every issue that matters to me. Period. His connections to unrepentent domestic terrorists and radical black liberation theologists didn't help, but if you think that the main reason people didn't vote for him was because of his "allegedly personal connections," you're mistaken.

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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Quote Originally Posted by lizzie View Post
    I vote primarily based on whether or not a candidate shares similar philosophies and values with me. I vote based on what I perceive as personal character, and not on personality. I don't care that Romney is a Mormon, and I would vote for an atheist if his behaviors indicated good character. Character isn't in what one has done wrong, but in what one has learned from his mistakes, and in the positive changes those mistakes have caused a person to make in their lives.
    All true, but, IMO, personality( a good one) is vital for the President's success as a politician.
    I am impressed that Mitt has a rather nasty one, he strikes me as believing that he is better than others....a type of royality...OK in England 500 years ago....not in our nation...not today.
    The President is a servant of the people..

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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Hated Clinton....still do. Hate Gingrinch.

    I don't vote for people I despise.

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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Religion in and of itself will not eliminate a candidate for me. What they do with regard to their beliefs certainly might. If, for example, somebody was of the muslim faith I would not at all discount them. If they asserted that their beliefs required that we base our system of law on extremist islamic belief I would immediately discount them.

    Infidelity, again, would not immediately eliminate a candidate. People are not perfect. If their infidelity were hidden or handled by illegal means (i.e. the alleged actions of Edwards in regards to funneling campaign money to his mistress) I would not be able to vote for them.

    Character is important; don't get me wrong. But character is multi-faceted. I have not been a model of "moral living" at some points in my life, but I feel that my actions towards others and my goals for this country trump my past decisions. I also believe that my behavior in a larger sense supports my intentions and goals. If I can say the same of a candidate then they will be capable of earning my vote.
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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Politicians, like everybody else...their opinions are a penny a million. Their intentions (promises) aren't worth a dime.

    I judge people by their actions, not their intentions. Politicians personal lives are historical, almost living clues as to how they will engage in their actions...not their intentions.

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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Religion makes no difference to me. I judge a candidate on their words and actions in respect to the job they are running for.

    There are two things that will definitely turn me off of a candidate:

    1. If they are a liberal.

    2. If they are a liar.
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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Quote Originally Posted by earthworm View Post
    All true, but, IMO, personality( a good one) is vital for the President's success as a politician.
    I am impressed that Mitt has a rather nasty one, he strikes me as believing that he is better than others....a type of royality...OK in England 500 years ago....not in our nation...not today.
    The President is a servant of the people..
    *Believing* he is better is just another belief, and just indicates personality. I look at a candidates past associations and actions, then I look at his present associations and actions. I don't care if someone else believes he is better than me or not. It's not his beliefs that I care about, but his actions and ability to make sound decisions that are constructive, not destructive to the country.
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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mycroft View Post
    Religion makes no difference to me. I judge a candidate on their words and actions in respect to the job they are running for.

    There are two things that will definitely turn me off of a candidate:

    1. If they are a liberal.

    2. If they are a liar.
    You have a lot of contempt for a lot of people you don't know.

    Oh, wait, we're talking about politicians....right? Glad to know that so-called Conservative "politicians" NEVER lie. Gezzzzzzz, what a relief that is. Mannnn-oh-live. You had me going there for a few seconds. What the hell was I thinking?

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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Yes, Personal Lives are one of the factors that I take into account. I find it very difficult to believe that a candidate can GOVERN morally if they cannot LIVE morally.

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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    Yes, Personal Lives are one of the factors that I take into account. I find it very difficult to believe that a candidate can GOVERN morally if they cannot LIVE morally.
    Depends on the definition of "morally"...and who defines it.

    Isn't that really a problem?

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