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    Re: candidate or party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    This. Unless the candidate is an independent then he'll be adopting the platform of his party, so I'll be voting more for the party platform than the candidate.

    And since the only two parties capable of winning a major race are Republicans and Democrats, then those are the only two worth focusing on.

    And since each party will have to cater to their base in order to be elected, that counts out Republicans for me.

    Of course, there could be exceptions, like if Satan, Prinice of Lies, were to run as a Democrat. But no presidential race would ever be that awesome.
    These days, I think I'd rather vote for Satan.
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    Re: candidate or party?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    The reason people only vote the party is is because that's what your going to get the party not the candidate I would personally love to see that change but it won't happen. You can't do anything in parliament without everyone in the party voting for the same thing.
    So long as people with similar philosophies continue to discover that by banding together they stand more of a chance of getting their legislation enacted, there'll always be political parties.

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    Re: candidate or party?

    Honestly it depends on if you are talking about the Presidential race or the if we are talking congressman/woman. Presidential elections i vote for the candidate. When voting for Congress i usually vote for the party of the president, just for the sake of progress.
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    Re: candidate or party?

    Like others, in a perfect world I'd vote for the candidate, but since they are all invariably douchebags or turd sandwiches, I tend to vote against the two major parties rather than with one of them.
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    Re: candidate or party?

    In local elections it's a lot easier to vote for the candidate... there is less of a monolithic force behind them and they are more likely to be thinking for themselves. That's how it seems to me at least. There's just so little money in it most of the time.
    As offices get higher in power it's harder and harder to separate the party and other organized groups out of the decision.

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    Re: candidate or party?

    Everybody says they vote for the candidate, but like 80% of Americans clearly just vote for the party in reality.

    It's like how everybody says advertising doesn't work on them, but nonetheless, advertising causes huge spikes in sales.

    Also, everybody is thinking about the presidential race. When you vote for county comptroller, who amongst us can really say that they're voting based on anything other than the letter next to their name? Like you've even heard of them before...
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    Re: candidate or party?

    I tend to vote for the candidate, but in cases like the national election, there's a very fuzzy line. I rarely see a candidate straying a significant distance from the views of their party.

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    Re: candidate or party?

    I usually vote for individual candidates. However, there are exceptions. For example, the California legislature is dominated by democrats that have over-taxed and economically gutted our state. Therefore, I vote a straight republican ticket for the state legislature. Nationally, the GOP dominated congress has been nothing but in-fighting obstructionists, with stated hopes of implementing what I believe will be draconian social measures on a national level and plan to give corporations and the country's wealthiest individuals even more power while paying less taxes. I vote a straight democratic ticket for congress now, whereas in the past when the democrats held too much power in congress, I voted a straight GOP ticket.

    Both political parties suck. Both will, if given unfettered power, ruin this country. As long as politicians are bought and paid for under our current campaign contribution laws, nothing will change for the better.

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    Re: candidate or party?

    I vote for both or am influenced by both and weigh the consequences. I had drifted sufficiently away from the Democratic Party as a whole to warrant looking at the Republican Party offerings. Now, my disposition is rather in the center (or if you ask your nearest NE progressive, I am a right-winger), albeit my positions are slightly Right or Left depending on the issue, so I am more swayed by candidates that would likely have more of an approach to the center. I am in no way suggesting that once they get into office they will not be pulled to the center in at least some to many areas (because they will be inevitably), but the disposition one way or another to the Left or the Right impacts my decision. As such, I am still in many regards attached to the Democratic Party platform and like some things Obama has done, however, I believe in curbing the perceived excesses in addition to siding with someone who is more on my level in political ideology.

    I embrace whole-heartily voting for the "lesser of two evils" and have no ill-feelings about it.
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    Re: candidate or party?

    I am loyal to the Democratic Party and vote straight ticket more often than not. I only check the individual Democratic Party canidates' names when I'm interested in the local bond measures.

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