McCain has been seen to be spending more time blaming Obama.... But its working!

@James72 (26832)
Australia
August 21, 2008 3:27am CST
Well according to polls I saw this morning anyway..... According to the poll I saw on TV it stated that some 56% or so of people felt that McCain's main focus at the moment is on berating and negatively commenting on Obama; yet only 38% of his time is spent on discussing policy and what he will ultimately do for the USA if elected. I am not from the US but like it or not we foreigners are also bombarded daily with all US election related news as well! The interesting thing in regards to the above though is that although McCain is not focussing as much on policy (which you think would be far more important) as he is on making Obama look bad; it DOES appear to be working and their approval ratings are now neck and neck. Is anyone as intrigued as I am regarding how it is that the people polled are acknowledging the wrong aspect of what it should take to become a President here? I am not informed enough or even outwardly politically aligned enough to state who I think is the better man for the job; but I still find it interesting that a negative push to bring down another candidate appears to be more effective than when McCain concentrated on his policies as his main focus? Any one else find this interesting?
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@raclie (1734)
• Singapore
21 Aug 08
that is just silly.. i mean, if you want to be president you should actually try to focus on what you want for the country instead of putting the other candidate down. so in a way, people are voting for him because the candidate they want is "not up to standard" i just find it soooo silly!!! if concentrating on your politics gets lower results as compared to putting down the other person, it just says two things... 1. you should change your ideas 2. you are really desparate because you resort to the lowest of the lowest way of getting points...
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
21 Aug 08
Yes it is silly when you really think about it. Yet they have to do what they have to do and the fact of the matter is that it helps their cause! The poll example I gave is proof of this. As much as we would like to think that policies and policies alone will win elections, they just don't! Thanks for responding.
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@raclie (1734)
• Singapore
21 Aug 08
but still, if it was only politics alone, it will be fairer and will raise the standard of politics and will not make it such a dirty game. and if you do it by politics alone, it will improve the standard of living in the country as it is run by someone who really CARES about the country instead of someone who only knows how to "point fingers at people's faults"
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
21 Aug 08
Unfortunately raclie, even FAIRNESS is not acknowledged as a relevant part of any political campaign! Not between candidates anyway..... I of course agree with you that in the perfect world things should be this way but it just isn't and probably never will be! All we can do as voters is sift through all the crap and make as educated a decision as we can when we pick a candidate to represent us.
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
21 Aug 08
Here in the USA that is the way. Why was/is the Jerry Springer show popular? American people want smut. They believe a lot of what they see on television. A lot of people just vote without a care in the world. Bush was elected twice.
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
21 Aug 08
Oh I agree with this 100%! lol. Sensationalism and controversies will always attract a bigger crowd than reasoning and intelligent argument! But this is the candidacy for the President of the United States and not some agressive redneck or a soap opera celebrity! I just find it interesting that even in spite of the seriousness of what this is all about; people STILL end up resorting to this type of thinking. They get all caught up in the PR machines and online/television representations rather than seeking facts that will assist them in making an educated decision that is in their best interests for the future! And yes, Bush is a good example!
@James72 (26832)
• Australia
21 Aug 08
Thanks for responding by the way!
@coolseeds (3925)
• United States
22 Aug 08
I do think it is a sad situation when you have to resort to dirty tactics to win a vote. Only so many people are capable of reasoning so you have to give the people what they want. Maybe in the years to come they will put the candidates in a steel cage to battle it out. But that would be just for the primary elections.
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• United States
22 Aug 08
Guilty people always shift the focus onto other people. If we don't want people focusing too much on our shortcomings, we shift focus to look at someone else's problems. Our kids do it all the time. As soon as we get on them about something they did they shift the attention to something somebody else did. It's childish and makes for an unattractive candidate. Grow up boys, you're not fighting for first pick on the playground.
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@raclie (1734)
• Singapore
22 Aug 08
yes!!!! i find it so too!!!! but if you look at it, politics IS a playground... and the top men are the bullies... think so?
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
22 Aug 08
Guilty? Or are they just doing what needs to be done to win the election? All is fair in love and war supposedly! It has been proven in the past that a candidate that chooses to always play the nice guy will generally end up at the bottom of the heap. Understand it or loathe it, its a reality of campaigns and the fact of the matter is that it draws attention and wins elections! I guess all we can do is sit back and enjoy the circus! Thanks for responding.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
21 Aug 08
I have found this to be interesting and at the same time scary.. I don't like any of the candidates, there are too many rumors, half-truths and controversies surrounding everyone that we have running in this election.. I would love to have the opportunity to vote for someone who left me feeling good after listening to them, but I haven't.. I would love to feel like I was voting for a great candidate.. I don't get that feeling in this election.. I will vote but I will not do it whole-heartedly as I have done in past elections.. I am also not sure who I will pull the lever for as I haven't heard much but so much mud-slinging and many half-truths or outright lies.. I don't like to vote for the person who can sling the most mud as this is not what we want in the White House.. I would love to have an option to vote for a man of integrity with a background that shows his intelligence, morals, honesty, decency and integrity.. We do not have one of those in this election.. Have a great day..
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@James72 (26832)
• Australia
22 Aug 08
Well this would not be the first time that choices have been limited! I have read many an article in the past stating that maybe Bush would not have been re-elected if there had of at least been someone more worthy running against him. To have two candidates running and no faith in either of them is a dilemma indeed! There is nothing worse than a "Damned if you do and damned if you don't" situation..... Thanks for responding.
• United States
22 Aug 08
I am not sure that Bush was elected! I am not even close to believing that he was elected by the normal voting process.. Someone or a few someones may have a bit more money lining their pockets for helping to get "Georgie" into office.. That was a joke of an election.. He will be gone soon but I am not sure how long it will take to get over him and his "visit" to the White House.. Have a great day and thanks for the best response..
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