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Pre-election poll

Poll #255275 Pre-election poll

The Super Tuesday Democratic primary approaches. For whom do you intend to vote?

John Edwards
John Kerry
Dennis Kucinich
Al Sharpton
Other (list in comments, please)
Also, in comments, please list the main reason you plan to vote for this candidate.

For myself, I intend to vote for John Edwards. He really impressed me during the South Carolina debates. During the successive weeks, I've read a good bit about both him and Kerry, and preferred what I read about him. Edwards has taken the time to fill out an NPAT at VoteSmart.org, and while I don't agree with him fully, I'm closer to him on issues than the remaining candidates.


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Feb. 27th, 2004 02:32 pm (UTC)
I think Edwards does bring a more optimistic message and that is very important to me since I think there is going to be a lot of healing nessisary after Bush is out of office. I think Edwards has been consistant about his stances on the issues throughout the campaign and that is reflected in his voting records (albiet a short one) in the Senate. I also think Edwards is an Idealist and that many of his ideals are inline with many of my own. That is important to me because it establishes a candidates 'default' position on issues and the direction from which they approach problem solving.

I don't think Kerry is a bad choice but I think if you look at Kerry's voting record and comments made on the record in the past he seems a bit too inconsistant and some of his positions now seem to be positions of convienence. I also think he is part of the old washington machine. I
Feb. 27th, 2004 02:34 pm (UTC)
BTW the link you gave is a ghost site for a spammer. I think you mean www.vote-smart.org
Feb. 27th, 2004 02:51 pm (UTC)
Gah, you're quite right. Thank you much; sorry about that. Serves me right for trying to do it from memory. (Oddly, my work's filtering software blocks it, but not, say, CNN or the New York Times. Heaven forbid we get any information from other sources.)
Feb. 27th, 2004 04:46 pm (UTC)
AS a North Carolinian, I'm particularly bitter about Edwards. He has used his one term in office as a springboard to the presidency, and I'm not sure I know if he's done anything good for this state. There are a LOT of angry NC people, both Dems and Repubs, pissed at him. I know Elizabeth Dole (our other senator) and our governor showed up to view the damage when Isabel ripped up our coastline. Edwards was MIA. Almost evertyhing I've heard him talk about implies he sides with Bush on every issue, just doesn't like the way Bush executes (heh, pun intended). For instance, he's against gay marriage, he just doesn't think we need an amendment. He is pro-Iraqi war, and even helped write the Patriot Act. I've been trying to figure out what kind of Democrat he is. About all that seems different between him and Bush is the whole "I'm the son of mill workers so I won't like big business" spiel.

I wrote him a letter when I found out about Bush's "Free Speech Area" bull**** and I received a form letter in reply that was a defense of the Patriot Act, and he ended it with a sort of "sorry we don't see eye to eye on this." That pretty much cemented the fact that he would lose my support unless he actually got the nomination.

Not trying to start a debate, and I know Kerry is questionable on some levels as well, but Dean's out and I have to vote for someone not Bush and not Nader...

(Oh, and our primary doesn't even frikkin count since it's not till JULY... grumble...)
Feb. 27th, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC)
Mur, I really appreciate you weighing in on this. As a North Carolinian, you're able to give a first-hand view and information that's based on a real experience. Thank you. And yeah, I was gonna vote Dean, too, but we know what happened there, unfortunately.

I totally disagree with Edwards on the Patriot Act, and I think he's playing politics with the gay marriage issue. The NPAT was filled out well before the constitutional amendment and all the opinion polls, and in it, he says "I believe in equal rights and dignity for gay and lesbian Americans." Sounds purty, sure, but kind of a non-answer, in that it stops well short of saying anything about marriage. He did say in a debate yesterday that he wouldn't vote for the Defense of Marriage Act.

Good for you for writing, BTW! For what it's worth, I've received the same sort of letter dismissal from that socialist nit John Lewis.

Really, you raise something that bugs me about the remaining Dem candidates: they both have certain issues where they're Bush Lite. :(
Feb. 28th, 2004 07:15 am (UTC)
I don't like the way the Democratic Party is leaning to the right. Kucinich is my choice and maybe my vote will give a message, though in November I will vote for whomever the Dems nominate. As long as Bush is run out of office!
Feb. 28th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC)
The primary here in DC has already come and gone. And my candidate, Howard Dean, is no longer running for the presidency.

That said, the only thing that excites me about this election is the chance to get rid of George W. Bush. I'm not especially excited about Kerry or Edwards, particularly in light of the gay marriage issue. But then on that issue, I'm not entirely enamored of most Democrats either, as I watch one after the other attempt to take the safest possible course in the face of an issue that is undeniably about equality under the law. Come the presidential election, I will not be voting for anyone so much as I will be voting against Bush. And I'll still be voting for someone who can't bring himself to support equality under the law for me and my family.
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