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    Re: candidate or party?

    Quote Originally Posted by comedy4all View Post
    Do you vote for a candidate or do you vote for a party?

    With the divide that is plain to see between the parties; are you motivated to vote for a politician based on the stance that he/she takes on the issues or do you vote based on the ideals of one of the political parties?
    Of course, I'm pro-life, so that probably translates into at least a 90% straight party vote, but I still read up on candidates.

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    Re: candidate or party?

    I said "I vote for the party!" because in reality that's what we're all doing for most elections. Trying to separate a candidate from their party is impossible.

    However, I do read up on the candidates and I usually do not vote a straight ticket.
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    Re: candidate or party?

    I vote for either the Democratic or Republican candidate based on which of them I dislike the least based on my research of their positions and character. I don't vote strictly party line, though due to my views I have voted democrat more than republican in the past. I refuse to vote for 3rd party candidates because if I'm going to waste my vote, I might as well have stayed home. If I can't find any information on the people running for a position, I don't vote for that position.
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    Re: candidate or party?

    Quote Originally Posted by comedy4all View Post
    Do you vote for a candidate or do you vote for a party?

    With the divide that is plain to see between the parties; are you motivated to vote for a politician based on the stance that he/she takes on the issues or do you vote based on the ideals of one of the political parties?

    It's good to have good people to vote for, but if they are going to DC, you really need to vote for the party.

    Nancy and Harry are ample proof that party affiliation is a real and important reason to vote by party line.

    The Democrat party is the most unAmerican organization on the planet.

    If a foreign power had done to the US what the Democrat party has done, it would be considered an act of war.

    Our students can't read, our population is waiting for the next handout, the debt is beyond comprehension and the President thinks all of this indicates that his programs are working.

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    Re: candidate or party?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    In theory, the candidate. In practice, there are almost no Republican candidates with whom I have much in common, so it usually ends up being the Democrat by default.

    What is it about the Democrat Party that attracts you? There is nothing in government that is not driven by expenditure of tax dollars and generally the Democrat party approach is one if irresponsibility and lack of planning.

    The Democrat approach to social issues, social goals and social problems is to exert central government control. The philosophy of the Democrat party is that the system of work for reward is flawed and needs to be amended to the Communist ideal.

    I don't understand the commitment of some to this approach. Why are you so committed?

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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, Prince of Lies, were to run as a Democrat. But no presidential race would ever be that awesome.


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    Re: candidate or party?

    Quote Originally Posted by iacardsfan View Post
    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.

    How do you define progress?

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    This is quite possibly one of the most depressing threads I've seen. Vote for the party because 'that's just the way it is"? If that's the general consensus, we deserve to fail as a nation.
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    Re: candidate or party?

    Quote Originally Posted by DiAnna View Post
    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.


    It sounds like you vote a straight "spend more than you can ever collect" ticket.

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    Re: candidate or party?

    Quote Originally Posted by code1211 View Post
    You're just not listening.
    Um...what?

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