Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Hiram, Ohio, USA
Here's my take on the candidates...
Obama and McCain are about as different as the US political system allows two candidates to be...not only in their stances on issues, but also in their relationship to their respective parties. McCain's coming off as fairly conservative at this point, whilst simulataneously trying to distance himself from Bush. I don't find that overly convincing.
Obama, on the other hand, did something that impressed the hell out of me. Just after Clinton announced the impending suspension of her campaign, Obama flat out dictated to the Democratic Party that they would not accept money from Political Action Committees and lobbyists...essentially continuing his policy of running a campaign on individual donations (which are carefully restricted to relatively low dollar amounts under campaign finance law). This makes him much less beholden to various organizations for a victory, and thus much more independent than any candidate has been over the last few decades.
The other big issue I see is the war. McCain has stated flat out that he won't pull out until 'the job's done,' a process that he has admitted could take decades. Obama, on the other hand, supports immediate withdrawal of US troops. Make of those positons what you will...
As for the 'experience issue,' with all due respect, McCain has exactly as much experience running a country as Obama does...absolutely none. It's an entirely different job from serving in the military or on the Senate. In my mind, there's absolutely no 'issue' at all.
Finally, I won't ever claim Obama isn't a career politician. He comes from Illinois, and Chicago politics have long been considered some of the roughest in the country. He's good at what he does; it seems to me he's as idealistic as it's possible to be whilst still coming from the Illinois arena. In the interests of full disclosure, Obama's got my vote. I think this country's a hell of a lot better prepared for a black president than it is for another disaster like we've faced for the last eight years.
Originally Posted by Navar89
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