Your Election Opinions



As we've said, we believe very strongly that the 2008 Presidential election will shape the future of America in a way that few elections have. We want to hear your election opinions.

What do you think are the most important issues -- the ones that will determine which candidate you vote for?

How will you decide which candidate to vote for? Will you vote along Party lines? Will you vote on the issues? The personalities?

What role do you believe the War on Terror plays in this election? Is it a major defining issue, as we believe it is?

We want to know how you view the issues and the candidates. We want to encourage a healthy debate that will help others become better informed before deciding which candidate to cast their votes for.

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To find out which candidate's views are closest to your own, take the survey at the Minnesota Public Radio site. You can also view the cumulative data and the candidates' positions on the major issues by clicking on the tabs. The issues covered include: the war in Iraq, Iran and nuclear power, immigration reform, tax cuts, collapse of the mortgage industry, education, social security, and health care, among others.



Here's What Our Readers Think:



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the road to socialism 
A reader writes: I am a 47-year-old business man and am scared to death of our future. We now have a black socialistic-minded president that has …

Obama - No Surprises 
Prioleau writes: Things Fall Apart Well, it's all over but the taxin'. The Chosen One has been chosen, and America is in for some big changes. …

The Abyss Between Us... 
The 2007/2008 War for the White House. There are those that say it’s the worst race ever, and those that say it’s the tightest race ever, and those, …

Democratic Congress Responsible for Economy 
Melanie writes: So George Bush has been in office for 7 1/2 years. For the first six, the economy was fine. Don't blame Bush for the economy problems …

Vote with Common Sense 
Americans must vote with Common Sense! After 9/11, there are many people who can't vote their heart. So I hope you will be the first to tell the …

Blue Star Families for Obama! 
I am a proud Blue Star wife and Gold Star sister-in-law, and I am also an active member of Blue Star Families for Obama (www.bsf4o.com) I firmly believe …

Clinton Ambassador Voting for McCain 
For much of my adult life, I've supported Democrats for the most part. I served in the Clinton Administration and have supported many …

Obama Insults Law Enforcement 
My son, a Kent County, Michigan, deputy sheriff, sent this to me, about Barack Obama's visit to Battle Creek, Michigan. Thought you'd be interested: …

Obama's Great Depression 
Obama will tax 2/3 of American small business at 50% . Small business employs half of American workers. Why would (or how could) small business …

Stand up Obama 
The number one issue to me is that the dollar is weak. That simple fact sends out a huge message around the world that things are not going so good in …

Republicans awoke
a "Sleeping Giant"
 
Nick writes: I believe the Bush administration has awoken a "Sleeping Giant" with its Eight years of lies, deception, repression, and Unconstitutional …

Sarah Palin -- The American Margaret Thatcher 
Sarah Palin is the US's answer to Margaret Thatcher! Anyone who thinks she cannot handle the job or deal briskly and efficiently with ANY issue, …

Obama and infanticide 
Vietnam Vet writes: Can someone explain to me how in this great country, a proponent of infanticide has been nominated to run for President of this …

I'm Voting for Obama and Biden 
Ellen wrote: I confess when I first heard McCain would be the Republican candidate, I was excited. I thought I could be happy no matter which party …

What election? Not likely to happen 
Simelius, of "Washinton" says, "I am certain there will be no 2008 presidential election -- martial law will be declared by Nov 2008 to postpone elections …

Does Our Vote Really Matter? 
Al Gore was elected President of the United States by the American people. Yet Bush won based on the electoral college. In this election we find out …

Democratic candidates have no military experience 
Personally, I think if a presidential candidate has never served in any military branch, HE/SHE should not be a president. How can HE/SHE be the "Commander …

We Cannot Pull Out
of the Middle East!
 
If we abandon our base of operations in the Middle East, there WILL be another 9/11 sooner rather than later . None of the rank and file American …

The Real Candidate Behind
Obama's Superficial Appeal
 
Obama is another case of things not being what they appear to be. In a recent opinion piece in the New York Sun, columnist Kenneth Blackwell , who …

Socialism or Constitutional Freedom?? 
The American people have to decide what direction they want their country to go. If you vote for the Democrats then you support a life of socialism …

Repeal the Bush Tax Cuts? 
Think for a minute about what the liberals want to do with their Health Care and other tax-and-spend social restructuring of this country. I received …

Can a Good Muslim be a Good American?  
Can a good Muslim be a good American? This question was forwarded to a friend who worked in Saudi Arabia for 20 years. The following is his …

Human Trafficking - a woman's vote 
And as we skirt immediate human issues, nudge me to Hillary's stand on human trafficking. In her so-called "savvy" as woman role model, where is her …

The Angry White Man
Will Decide the Election
 
With all the pandering to special interest groups, we sometimes tend to forget the concerns of mainstream Americans. An opinion piece in the Aspen …

I will vote for someone
we really need
 
Although i really dislike Hillary Clinton, do not want to vote for her, but frankly, I have to. She more likes our family - our mother, our sister …

Narrowing the Field of Candidates 
With the departure of Fred Thompson , the GOP field took a predictable left turn. Since Bush 41 and Dole , it's been clear that Republicans do …

Flag Officer Supporting McCain 
I know John McCain from my Navy days. While I do not always agree with him on all issues, I feel strongly enough about what is going on in our country …

Democrat or Republican?
The Answer is Shockingly Easy
 
Do our neighbors to the north have a better perspective on our political process than we Americans do? This editorial piece was published in the National …

Ron Paul For President! 
Ron Paul Supports Our Troops and wants to bring them home! Peace In 08 Ron Paul For President

Time for Patriots to Speak Up 
BG Cash wrote: Occasionally, I receive an email that I agree with so totally, I want to pass to everyone on my list. This is one of those emails. I …

This Morning  
Kathy writes: Friends In the last 10 hours, two friends called me. One was ecstatic. The other very worried. One friend supported Barrack Obama. …

All About Ice Cream 
It's all about the Ice Cream ..... The most eye-opening civics lesson I ever had was while teaching third grade in 2000. The presidential election …

A Large Serving of Crow 
Kyle-Anne writes: My Large Crow Has Been Ordered A few months back I postulated that a McCain landslide was in the making. I went on a few radio …

The Race Card Trumps 
Joe writes: The 2008 election just proved that black Christians will kick their Christian beliefs to the curb to vote in a black man (or half-black man)no …

End of Days 
A reader writes: I don't think everyone realized that voting Obama has now created a super power with the Democrats. They now own the senate, congress …

Concerned 
"Concerned" writes: Two words..........VOTE MCCAIN!

Think before you vote 
Ellen writes: I think Obama should win the election because I know he will make a change and that's what this country needs right now. He has made a …

Presidential associations 
Ernest writes: In response to your allegations of associations between presidential nominees and unsavory characters, our sitting president's family …

Actual Results are in - NOBAMA!!!!!!!!! 
Tim writes: OK...McCain is crazy and Obama is evil. What a terrible situation. It is much better to have a crazy person surrounded by a decent cabinet …

We Need President McCain 
Skip writes: It is unbelievable to me how so many Americans can be fooled by rhetoric that BHO is qualified to be President and CINC (Commander-in-Chief). …

Scared American 
How do you interpret the constitution? In a 2001 Chicago radio interview Obama states "The Supreme Court of the 1960's didn't break free from the essential …

Implementing President Obama's Policies 
Business Owner writes: As of November 5, 2008, when President Obama is officially elected into office, our company will instill a few new policies which …

News Media Coverage 
A reader wrote: It sickens me to think that the news media already has the election wrapped up with all their polls predicting already who will be president …

Obama=un-American  
Anyone who votes for Obama is Un-American and has fallen into his one word trap - "change". Obama says he will "redistribute the wealth." That is exactly …

Negative Campaign Tactics 
Mary writes: I think that for too many years the two-party system in the United States has been failing the people, turning them against one another …

Warn Voters About Obama and Odinga 
Jenny writes: I cannot understand why the Obama connection to Odinga is being ignored by all major media and the McCain campaign. I sent an email …

Obama a Republican??? 
Jeannie writes: Listening to Obama, one would think HE is the REAL REPUBLICAN! He's FOR 2nd Amendment Rights to carry a gun? Really??? And …

Vote for a Leader 
Daniel writes: In the presidential debates, what I saw from the presidential candidates was just absurd. I want to vote for a leader, for someone …

Vote from your heart 
Joseph, from Ghana, writes: Although this year's election is very a tight one, only one person must get to the top. Well, everyone want the beneficial …

Obama's Empty Promise of Change 
Who can believe in Obama's empty promise of change? This citizen begs to know -- WHAT does he propose to change? The only identified change anyone can …

Who Am I? 
Who Am I? I am under 45 years old; I love the outdoors; I hunt; I am a Republican reformer; I have taken on the Republican Party establishment; …

Confused Democrat 
I am a Democrat, but I am confused. What are we going to vote for...Prom queen? Who the heck is Biden? What has Obama accomplished in the senate? …

Where were Obama's "Testimonials?" 
Charles Krauthammer's column yesterday hit the nail squarely on the the head. This must NOT be missed! By CHARLES KRAUTHAMMER | Posted Thursday, August …

Sarah Palin -- Someone to Vote FOR! 
Agnes writes: HOORAY! Someone to vote FOR! I vote MCCAIN/PALIN Ed.: Agnes, thank you for contributing to our conversation. Would you share …

Presidential Platform
Worthy of Support!
 
Election humor received via e-mail -- Now here's a Presidential Platform worthy of support: (1) 'Press 1 for English' is immediately banned. English …

Irish Thoughts on the Election 
Mary Catherine wrote: An email from Ireland to all of our brethren in the States...a point to ponder despite your political affiliation: 'We, in …

Obama or McCain? 
Here's a copy of a very clear and concise article by Thomas Sowell. It made me realize what a mistake it would be to not vote in this election because …

Obama, A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing 
Mary writes: Do not be fooled by this man, who I believe to be the most dangerous man in America and our time. He is skilled in creating chaos …

Obama Needs White
Blue-Collar Vote
 
Michael, of Elkins, WV, writes: If Obama cannot win the white blue-collar vote, he won't win the election. Editor's Note: According to …

Election Humor -
'A NEW DIRECTION'
 
Official Democratic Party campaign car -- designed exactly the way Obama and Clinton lay out their campaign message. Which direction do they propose …

Communism?
Will it be here Jan. 2009?
 
Well the way I see it is Stalin was correct when he said he would bury the US. And the generation at the time, their grandchildren would live under Communist …

Real change? Ron Paul 
Ron Paul. End of story. Unfortunately Americans do not really want change -- they want the same old BS that has been spoon fed to us for years. …

We Can't Afford Democrats' "Change"! 
Think about it.... America ALREADY voted for "change" Freedom takes vigilance. A little over one year ago: 1) Consumer confidence was …

Obama setup 
Its surprising that a vast majority do not see the Obama set up by the republican party. It is not suprising that there has been little or no attack adds …

The Real McCain 
Although John McCain sometimes takes unpopular stands, he stands on his principles, and he doesn't back away just because his position is unpopular. …

Hillary Clinton A Better Choice 
Both Hilary clinton and Obama should be given a fair chance. Even so, Hilary clinton should have the upper hand and people should acknowledge her and hopefully …

political corn flakes 
Folks in politics is just like a bowl of granola: What ain't fruits er nuts is just flakes!

election humor 
Electile Dysfunction: The inability to become aroused over any of the choices for president put forth by either party in the 2008 election year.

John McCain is the man we need! 
I have known John McCain for over 40 years. He was one of my flight instructors in the Navy before he was shot down and became a POW in Vietnam. …

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