What steps and process do you use to select a political candidate to support?
Determine their past voting record, bills etc if they are available and determine if they acted within the confines of the Constitution (either Federal or State, depending on office). If they did not, then they do not get my vote...unfortunately it is sometimes the lesser of to "evils"...If they believe that government is the answer, then they miss the meaning of American exceptionalism. A small government, pro free market, pro personal responsibility, lower taxes for ALL, Constitutional person is what is needed on all levels of government.
First, I want to know his record as an elected officeholder. I don't look for rigid compliance with my own preferences on issues, but I do try to get a feel for what motivates him so I can make an educated guess about the positions he may take on future questions. Then I look at the people with whom he surrounds himself, his political allies and enemies, his personal friends, his past and his role models. Who supports him, and why? Where did he get his personal money, and who is providing his campaign money? Why does he want to run for the office in question? Has he ever shown a willingness to cross the interests of his own political ambition in order to maintain principles, or is he purely mercenary like so many pols? Can he afford to hold a responsible elective office without having to take bribes to feed his family? Does his record show he jettisons his campaign promises once elected, or does he make a good faith effort to keep them?
I look at his character first. If they flip flop, that is a bad sign to me. I do not go by parties. I look at what they want to do and how they act with the people. I look at what they want to do in office as well and I try to pick who I think will be best in office. But there is not always a good choice.
I'm interested on how he deal with past and present problems. I want to see solution to every problems not explanations. It is also important to me whom he seek help.
Does he follow the Oath of Office he swears to uphold? Does he interpret the Constitution or Follow it word for word? This eliminates the last 300 or so that ran for President.
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