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    Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Say Romney won the nomination. Would you, in all honesty, not vote for him based on the fact that he may be a different religion than you? Would you not vote for Gingrich due to his wife's Tiffany's tab? Or do you vote based on what they are elected to do: Preserve America and continue on its amazing legacy?

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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    I vote for whomever I think will do the best job for ALL of us. Regardless of their dirty laundry.

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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    I vote primarily based on whether or not a candidate shares simlilar 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 Mormom, 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.
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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Depends. Personality is virtually meaningless. Character can be an indication of whether or not I can trust them to do what they say they will do. Not all candidates can be judged equally. It's a judgment call by me at the time.

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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Quote Originally Posted by PresidentRomney View Post
    Say Romney won the nomination. Would you, in all honesty, not vote for him based on the fact that he may be a different religion than you? Would you not vote for Gingrich due to his wife's Tiffany's tab? Or do you vote based on what they are elected to do: Preserve America and continue on its amazing legacy?
    I do not care what someone's religion is.Romney is not getting my vote because he is a stinking liberal.If I wanted to vote for a Lib then I will vote for Obama.


    If its proven that someone had an affair then I will not vote for that person.The way I look at is if that person can't be faithful to this his wife then he can not be trusted to be faithful to this country.I will not vote for a man who cheats on his wife.Gingrich is not getting my vote because he openly supports amnesty for illegals, co-sponsored the so-called fairness doctrine and ethics violations, not because of the allegations of a angry bitter ex-wife.If the allegations of his ex is true then it proves that a scumbag in his personal life will be a scumbag politician.
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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Quote Originally Posted by PresidentRomney View Post
    Say Romney won the nomination. Would you, in all honesty, not vote for him based on the fact that he may be a different religion than you?
    That would be a really, really stupid reason for me to not vote for Romney, given that, as it happens, he is actually of the same region as I am.
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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    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.
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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Quote Originally Posted by PresidentRomney View Post
    Say Romney won the nomination. Would you, in all honesty, not vote for him based on the fact that he may be a different religion than you? Would you not vote for Gingrich due to his wife's Tiffany's tab? Or do you vote based on what they are elected to do: Preserve America and continue on its amazing legacy?
    This is one of those "shoe on the other foot" thing. In Romney's case I don't think it would matter because the guy from the most part is straight arrow, although I think I know where you are actually going with this. No I would never vote for Gingrich. The guy is a caricature of corruption. It is one thing for people to claim Obama is a Muslim or from Kenya you know, that in some circles can be debated. You CANNOT debate that Newt bought crazy jewelry from Tiffanys after saying he struggles too, and cheated on all of his wives, while saying he wants to preserve the sanctity of marriage. A man like that doesnt deserve to be President. Romney though? He would be another Obama with some things different I reckon.
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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    I vote based on their ideas. Simple as that really.

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    Re: Do you Vote Based on Personal Lives?

    Quote Originally Posted by PresidentRomney View Post
    Say Romney won the nomination. Would you, in all honesty, not vote for him based on the fact that he may be a different religion than you? Would you not vote for Gingrich due to his wife's Tiffany's tab? Or do you vote based on what they are elected to do: Preserve America and continue on its amazing legacy?

    Maybe a Mormon can not be depended upon to "Preserve America and continue on its amazing legacy", maybe someone who cheats on two of his wives cannot "Preserve America and continue on its amazing legacy", maybe someone whose wife overspent at Tiffany's cannot be counted upon to "Preserve America and continue on its amazing legacy".

    These things may not be independent to some people. Personal beliefs impact what a President will do to a large extend, as such all potential President should be vetted for their "personal life", it's no more onerous than a security clearance for a sensitive job, except that it's done for millions to see.
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    And I wasn't making an appeal to authority, I was making an appeal to the philosophical body of work of the founders, the worth and content of which should be well-known to anyone with a cursory understanding of basic history and philosophy.

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