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HELP! I'm voting tomorrow and can't decide

Updated on March 19, 2008

Hillary or Barack?

Your choice should depend on two factors:

1. Who can best lead the country to achieving your goals and those of a majority of Americans--ending the war in Iraq and restoring our credibility among nations, getting the economy back on track, restoring fairness to our tax system, improving our out-of-control health care system and put Social Security back on a solid financial footing, restoring Constitutional government, restoring the separation of church and state, adopting a national energy policy which start doing something about global climate change and reduce our dependence on foreign oil and dirty coal power, and someone who can help elect more Democrats to the Senate and House of Representatives; and

2. Who has the best chance of defeating John McCain in November?

The articles linked below were written by a Clinton supporter and an Obama supporter. You may find them helpful in making up your mind tomorrow.

Obama Speech On Race

Hillary Clinton by Ellen Chesler in The Nation

Barack Obama by Michael Eric Dyson in The Nation

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    • brideagencynews profile image

      brideagencynews 

      10 years ago from USA

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    • Sally's Trove profile image

      Sherri 

      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I did watch the Obama speech in its entirety.  It was impressive, IMHO2. Yes, it won't help Obama.

      The race issue is something that this country's politicians have never addressed when campaigning. I admire Obama for bringing it up in his speech.  However, he should have brought it up a year ago. But he didn't. He did it now only because he was being attacked regarding the Rev. Wright. So what kind of belief system does Obama have?  Proactice or reactive?

      This question is important to me.  Anyone with a few brains can counter an attack.  But it takes a special person to step up and say what his beliefs are, from the get-go, so to speak.

      Again, thanks for provoking a good conversation.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      You should watch Obama's speech in its entirety. It was very impressive, IMHO. It's too bad the race issue raised its ugly head. It won't help Obama. Tnx for the comment. I just posted the YouTube video of Obama's speech yesterday.

    • Sally's Trove profile image

      Sherri 

      10 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I had been on the fence for months about whether Hillary or Barack would be my choice.

      L Ring, I share your thoughts in every way...I, too, wish they weren't running against each other.

      Ralph, looks like it's been two weeks since your primary. Things have changed since then, and voters who have yet to participate in their primaries can now take those changes into consideration. Perhaps the most significant change is what's transpired regarding the Reverend Wright. Barack's relationship with this man was not news you had before your primary. My primary is not until April, and I can't wait to cast my vote.

      Thanks for provoking a good conversation. S.

    • jormins profile image

      jormins 

      10 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Sorry L Ring if I offended you. I do admit there are many voters that are educated having a tough time deciding, it just seems like I keep running into voters who have no idea about the candidates. For instance, one person was telling others that Obama's Senate district is a suburb of Chicago and Obama has done nothing for the community. Since I am from this area I was compelled to remind this person trying to sway voters for Clinton that 55th street is hardly a suburb, and Obama has a long history of community organizing on the south side, one of the worst urban neighborhoods in possibly all of America. I do applaud you though for getting has much information as possible on the candidates. I just wish there were more voters like you.

      You never know, if Obama and Clinton don't hate/kill each other by the end of this primary, maybe they'll pair them together, that whole "Dream Ticket" scenario.

    • L Ring profile image

      L Ring 

      10 years ago from Southern USA

      I actually HAVE followed coverage jormins, but as mentioned by Ralph in one of the comments above, they are both excellent candidates, which is the problem I'm facing. I am not deciding based on gender(yeah, I'm female but I'm not a raging feminist so gender means nothing unless you're my gynecologist). Race and ethnicity also don't have an effect; my mom is a South Korean immigrant and my dad's white, so I can pretty much be as dark or light as I want. I actually feel that I relate to both candidates and could vote for either one. I just wish they weren't running against each other, which is what ultimately makes it a difficult decision.

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      stormyweather 

      10 years ago from Devon, UK

      Mr Marmalade. It'll be less of a step if people stop going on about gender and skin colour ad-infinitum. He is of heritage anyway - half black, half white, no more one than the other.

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      Iðunn 

      10 years ago

      the power of Christ compels you. oh god, now you have me thinking about austin powers.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      10 years ago from Central New Jersey

      ahhhh an exorcism is what we need:-)

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      Iðunn 

      10 years ago

      in on that one too~

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      Roberta Kyle 

      10 years ago from Central New Jersey

      agree Ralph--Cheney is the son of darkness:-)

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Cheney is almost as bad as Rove.

    • robie2 profile image

      Roberta Kyle 

      10 years ago from Central New Jersey

      ahhhhh great minds dontcha know:-) I'm gonna be watchin the vote tomorrow though--it's a cliff hanger fur shure

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      Iðunn 

      10 years ago

      we do often seem to agree politically, don't we?  have to admit to a fondness for hyperbole and an affection for the phrase "spawns of satan" used in conjuction with the GOP.  :p

    • robie2 profile image

      Roberta Kyle 

      10 years ago from Central New Jersey

      We agtree--have some Little Friskies:-)

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      Iðunn 

      10 years ago

      yes :)

    • robie2 profile image

      Roberta Kyle 

      10 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Unfortunately you are right Iðunn ......break out the Little Friskies, here we go:-)

      BTW Karl Rove is the spawn of Satan

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      10 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      and I am afraid Mr.Marmalade..oh dear G-ma :o) hugs

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      Iðunn 

      10 years ago

      I suspect it will take back to back dems and I do mean two terms each, to clean up the damage Dubya alone has personally done in 8 years.

    • robie2 profile image

      Roberta Kyle 

      10 years ago from Central New Jersey

      We need a Democrat to clean up after the piggies in the White House now and either one will do. I'm with Iðunn on that--whew it's gonna be a messy job. Great well reasoned presentation, Ralph. Thumbs up!

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      Iðunn 

      10 years ago

      I'm in either way. I would have preferred Edwards and didn't get that choice. Of the two left I prefer Hillary, not personally, but because I think she can more effectively get things done via her experience. However, whoever it ends up, my vote is Dem.

      Voting GOP is like voting for Satan.

    • Ralph Deeds profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Deeds 

      10 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Actually, their thoughts are pretty close on most of the issues.

    • MrMarmalade profile image

      MrMarmalade 

      10 years ago from Sydney

      You must admit it is a big step for USA.

      White lady

      Black Gentleman

      Could you have any thing more oposite apart from their differing thoughts?

    • jormins profile image

      jormins 

      10 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Some great essays. I wish more voters would actively educate themselves on all the candidates. It always shocks me when I see the numbers of people who have not decided who they are voting for on the last day, or even worse, who haven't decided until they are inside the booth. While some may just be torn between the 2 candidates I think a great many don't know very much about either candidate.

      After 20 debates and all the constant political coverage you'd think everyone would be well educated on Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama by now.

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