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Who should I vote for in the Presidential election?

Updated on March 20, 2013

Who is the best candidate running for President of the United States?

Isn't that the $64,000 question? Of course, so many people are politically polarized that they only look at their own party's candidate and won't even consider the opposition candidate.

That's where most people make a big mistake. Because believe it or not, both parties-republican & democrat-have something to offer. And to think that only one party always has the right answer is a shortsighted and narrow minded view of how politics actually works.

First, the candidate that offers up ideas and answers that make sense and also happen to be the same answers and ideas you believe in is a good start. And quite often those come from the party you belong to (if you are a member of a certain political party.)
But...what if the candidate on the other side is the one giving you those ideas and answers?
Do you still vote the party line, despite knowing that the political opponent is really the guy who should get the job? Or at least is more in line with your views on how these problems should be addressed?

That's why people should register as independent voters and not align themselves with a specific party- it gives them the freedom to vote any way they want without being called a "traitor" or "turncoat", or feeling bad about themselves because they let their party down.

Voting because you "like" someone is how many people like to vote. It's a "gut" feeling.. and sometimes your gut is right. But sometimes it's not. Listen to what the candidates say...then watch what they do...then decide if they are "real" or just a lot of hype. Read what they have done in the past and see if it holds up to what they say..

So who is the best candidate running for president? It depends on how you look at the you feel Obama has done a good job these past 4 years? Do you feel he has put the USA on the right track fiscally, morally and globally? Has he delivered on all his promises? Has he given us the change he promised? If you believe so, then he's your guy.

But if you feel he has not given you your moneys worth, are you willing to let him take another 4 years to try and make it better? Would you even consider a republican if his ideas and answers are sound and seem to make sense? Could you vote for someone that has the right answers but doesn't follow your political philosophy 100 percent? Well, if you could, check out Romney's ideas and answers- and if they make sense to you, then voting the party line doesn't seem to make much sense does it? Would you have the courage and strength of will to vote your conscience?

And if you're a republican but believe Obama is the better choice, has the better answers and has us going in the right direction, then the same logic applies to you as well- don't just vote the party line if you know in your heart and mind that it's the wrong choice. Again, it will take some real intestinal fortitude to go against your party's candidate-are you up to the task?

These are the questions all voters must answer in their own minds and then decide. The right choice is not easy, but it should be debated in your mind, and then rationalized to a final decision-not just automatically voting the party's candidate every time.

And stop believing all the media bias from Fox or CNN, they both have an agenda and both distort the facts to make the candidate they support the better guy.

Both demonize the other party's candidates, which is unfortunate. If they could both stop the name calling, out right distortions of the facts, and making up stories or issues out of thin air, we might have a clearer view of the candidates real persona- and get an idea what they really stand for.

Remember, when you vote for a president, its for the betterment of the whole USA, not just a town or small the right thing. Vote for the person you feel has the best ideas, answers, experience and know-how to do the job of the president of the United States.
Then win or lose, you can at least sleep at night.


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    • Ken Burgess profile image

      Ken Burgess 5 years ago from Florida

      People want to point to the disaster the economy became under Bush... who had to deal with 9/11, Katrina, and the Housing Meltdown... I don't care what President was in office at that time, those catastrophes would have crippled the economy no matter who was in office.

      In comparison, Obama has had no disasters to compare to those three, that he had to deal with, and yet... the economy is as sluggish today as when he took office, despite 6 Trillion dollars more being added to the debt.

      Obama renewed the PATRIOT Act with increased provisions, and he also signed the National Defense Authorization Act into law. Citizens can be detained without trial under the NDAA, which is obviously very bad.

      He did not allow five days of public comment before signing bills as promised: "Will not sign any non-emergency bills without giving the American public an opportunity to review and comment on the White House website for five days." completely ignoring American's outcry over Obamacare... which seems ok now, until we have to start paying for it in 2014.

      And clearly, he is determined to raise taxes should he get another four years, not that Obamacare isn't already a new tax.