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    candidate or party?

    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?
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    Re: candidate or party?

    In an ideal world, I'd vote for a candidate. Party affiliation means absolutely nothing to me. I would vote for anyone from any party whose views matched my own.

    Unfortunately, there isn't a candidate anywhere whose views match my own, therefore I spend most of my time voting *AGAINST* candidates, people I feel would cause nothing but trouble if they get into power so I try to block their election.

    Seriously, if I could only vote for people I actually supported, I'd probably never vote again.
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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?
    Mostly the candidate.
    Had the Republicans nominated Perry, Bachmann, Cain, or one of their like, I'd have voted for Obama just to vote against them. As it is, I'm registering a protest vote for Gary Johnson because of the Libertarian platform, knowing that he has no chance to win. Actually, no one but Obama has a prayer of winning California, so my vote is pretty much irrelevant except as a protest vote.

    Between Romney and Obama, I think Romney is the better candidate, but don't share the doom and gloom predictions of the Republican partisans that another four years of Obama (read Democrat) rule will send the country down the porcelain throne.
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    Re: candidate or party?

    I will vote for any candidate I feel is the best person now...for too many years I voted straight republican...

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    Re: candidate or party?

    Strictly candidate.


    As odd as it may sound I don't necessarily always vote for the candidate that best match my views. I have strong feelings when it comes to honesty and integrity. I refuse to vote for a slimeball even if their ideas match mine perfectly. I prefer to vote for a candidate that I feel is very honest and truly wants what they believe is best for the people even if those views conflict with my views. (Un?)fortunately this conflict of interest rarely happens as I feel most candidates are dishonest self serving hypocrites and would never receive my vote.

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    Re: candidate or party?

    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.
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    Re: candidate or party?

    I would vote for the party because that how things work here.

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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?
    I vote for the candidate, whether I think they'll win or not. I hold no loyalty to any party.
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    Re: candidate or party?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    I would vote for the party because that how things work here.
    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.
    Last edited by Cardinal; 08-17-12 at 12:57 AM.

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    Re: candidate or party?

    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.

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