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2008 Presidential Campaign

Poll
Question: Who is your choice for President?
Hillary Clinton
Rudy Guiliani
Barack Obama
John Edwards
Mitt Romney
Ron Paul
Dennis Kucinich
Fred Thompson
John McCain
Bill Richardson
Joe Biden
Chris Dodd
Mike Huckabee
Tom Tancredo
Mike Gravel
Ralph Nader

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« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2008, 12:04:55 pm »








                                                    How to Be a Better Voter





By George Stephanopoulos,
PARADE Magazine
jUNE 27, 2008

H.L. Mencken is often quoted as saying, "No one ever went broke underestimating the intelligence
of the American public."

Great line, but Mencken got it wrong at least when it comes to voters.
 
Ever since I planted my first lawn signs for a county judge as a high-schooler in Cleveland, I've been fascinated by campaigns and elections. Now, 30 years later after working in the Capitol and the White House, serving in three Presidential campaigns, and covering three more as Chief Washington Correspondent for ABC News I'm still fascinated.

And I'm still convinced that, in most elections most of the time, voters get it right. The process works. As we head into the most exciting, historic, and high-stakes Presidential election of our lifetimes, here are some suggestions on how you can be an even better voter.



Know What Matters to You

Start with a gut check. Sit down and really think about which issues are most important to you: national health care or national security? Global warming or the makeup of the Supreme Court? Consider what qualities you most prize in a leader: empathy, decisiveness, or intelligence? Candor or competence?

Then imagine that you are the President. What would be your top priority? Whom would you turn to for advice?  Which principle or position would you be willing to stand by even if it put your whole Presidency at risk? How you size up the candidates should flow from how you answer those basic questions.
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Your mind understands what you have been taught; your heart what is true.
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