A Question For Non Americans: Who Do You Want To See As Our Next President?

@pyewacket (44036)
United States
October 10, 2008 11:32pm CST
Okay once again, I've got to make this clear I'm not really a politics kind of person..BUT...As many non-Americans know, we are about to elect our next President in just a month's time. Many of us Americans aren't really thrilled with either candidate for President, but I want to know what are your viewpoints for those who AREN'T American? The reason I ask is that there is so much bickering around by Americans themselves as to whom is the better candidate (I personally don't think their is one and am very disillusioned) No doubt many of you non-Americans are watching this political battleground as much as we in America are....so I'm really curious...whom would you prefer to see as our next President...or are you like we Americans, not too thrilled with either candidate? I think Americans would like to hear what the rest of the world thinks as far as this upcoming USA Presidential election and whom they would like to see elected Warning: Please be civil here...do not judge others opinions here..ESPECIALLY you guys here in America..ya hear me? OR I'll fling you all with wet noodles..LOL
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27 responses
@RenoMan (90)
• Togo
11 Oct 08
Stephen Colbert with Jon Stewart as Vice-Pres. I'm serious. These guys have it more together and more creative solutions to problems than any politician anywhere. In Canada we are going to polls on October 14th to elect a new Prime Minister. I'd like to see Rick Mercer as PM for the same reasons as Colbert/Stewart in the U.S. I figure, if the real politicians can't get it right, then let the real people of the electorate have a go.
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• Togo
11 Oct 08
Question: I'm new here, and after I posted my comment I got a box saying add life as a hobby. When did life become a hobby? Just wondering.
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@BarBaraPrz (20147)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
11 Oct 08
Hey RenoMan... I agree with you re: Rick Mercer for PM... how about Stompin' Tom as Deputy PM? I've also asked the "life is a hobby?" question myself, and that's why I refuse to add it as one of my interests.
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@ronaldinu (12445)
• Malta
11 Oct 08
I have not followed much what is going on in US. I would like to see Obama and the democrats in power. I would have preferred Mrs Clinton in power. I believe she could have done a good job.
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• United States
11 Oct 08
I agree that Hillary Clinton would have been a better choice. I just hope she will run again in 2012 and I am still around to vote for her (which I did in the primary).
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Yes I would have preferred Clinton as well..a lot of us would have
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@oriental (1051)
• Uruguay
11 Oct 08
Going back to previous elections, I used to think and say that if I were an American citizen I would vote for Democrats but as I lived abroad it was of my interest that Republicans won the elections, as democrats are most protective of American workers and Republicans tend to favour free commerce. But in this occasion with all the turmoil of the world financial crisis, I'm not sure which of the two candidates would be a better option.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Oct 08
You're right neither candidate seems "stellar"...there are just too many issues to resolve to make our country a better one --we've had Presidential candidates before making promises after promises about reforms and none have kept their word
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@sandymay16 (1619)
• Philippines
11 Oct 08
I was hoping Hillary Clinton would win. I was always watching then but I seldom watch now about the happenings related to the election. Whoeever will win does not matter to me but it still matters to my country because we're considerd an ally whatever that means. haha, noodles are delicious.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I think a lot of what happens here in America does have an impact on other countries...look how our financial situation is causing a snowball effect on the stock in other countries.
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
11 Oct 08
Barack Obama - Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is the junior United States Senator from Illinois and presidential nominee of the Democratic Party in the 2008 general election.
I am not following the American presidential race so closely, because I don't have any influence on it, by not having the right to vote, so my opinion doesn't matter. I think Obama will loose, because I don't think the American masses can accept a black president yet (nor a woman, as a matter of fact, so the democrats should have thought better...) Anyway, I would like to see Obama victorious, mostly because of Sarah Palin, an active environment enemy, considering her relation to oil industry, her support for offshore drilling in the Arctic refuge, and also an artisan of the wolf aerial hunt in Alaska.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I see you're well informed about Palin's issues about the environment in general and of course of her wolf (and bear) slaughter...no one who is involved with the environment or conservation issues would want this woman anywhere near the White House
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
11 Oct 08
Yes, I am well informed of her deeds. I am an active cyberactivist (I learned about this word recently, and I've been dying to use it ) and many environmentalist web sites, such as Defenders of Wildlife or NRDC are taking a stand against her at least by informing the public on who she really is.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Oct 08
I'm a great cyberactivist too..lol...I subscribe to Defenders of Wildlife, World Wildlife, Sierra Club and on and on and am always getting their email newsletters..and don't ask how many animal organizations I belong to.
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
11 Oct 08
well gonna read what they have to say! lol
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
11 Oct 08
ok I had a talk with a black lady and she said Obama for he would be looked at to be more into pleasing the people for he is black. but that was her only reason. Adn my daughter said to her if he became prez. and turned us whites in to slavery would she(the Black lady ) be our owner! I dont like either one really either but I do think that with all the years that Mc Cain has been in the government he knows the ins and outs alot better than Obama who has only been in for 144 days! And I wish the mud slinging would stop! Makes them all look like little kids!
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• United States
11 Oct 08
LOL! What was the lady's reply when your daughter asked her that?
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Yes there has been a lot of mud slinging in this campaign ....worse than I ever remember....yes what was the woman's response?
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• Australia
13 Oct 08
From where I sit, both pragmatically and ideologically, the last thing in the world I would want to see is yet another ultra-conservative free market anti-environmental administration in Washington. What your government does unfortunately affects all the rest of us, and it is rarely a positive effect. I have no particularly strong views about Obama, although the irony of a black president in the USA amuses me (being part black, Australian version, myself). My main interest in him is how long he will survive assassination. Lash
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• Australia
13 Oct 08
Just did a quick analysis. Out of 37 responses so far there are about 7 fence sitters and a score of 28 -2 for Obama. But Clinton may have done even better if the number of folk wishing it was her instead of Obama standing is anything to go by. Lash
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
13 Oct 08
Well all I can say is that I sure as heck didn't vote for Bush...LOL. How he got in again is a mystery to a lot of us. I was a Clinton backer myself..preferred her over Obama...but no way am I voting for McCain..it is a gruesome thought...yes, wonder how long Obama will last...we unfortunately have a lot of white supremacist groups here
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• United States
11 Oct 08
Having been married to a German and lived in Germany for many years I still have close contact with German friends and family. What they tell me is that they think Obama could be a very dangerous choice as to some of the older Germans he is very reminiscent of Hilter with the same charisma and glib promises of change. On the other hand McCain's strong ties and fondness for the military and wars does not promise 4 years of peace. So I would say that they do not care too much for either choices.
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• United States
11 Oct 08
That is very interesting. A lot of people are comparing him to Hitler. I think he is too socialist. Actually, both seem to have similar ideas about war, which is something I don't understand about the Obama supporters. Why do people think he is not going to war? He talks constantly about returning to Afghanistan, he has even talked about invading Pakistan, Iran. He's a dangerous person in my opinion, as you said. But McCain does not speak so recklessly about war. He just wants to not leave Iraq dangling; he wants to finish the job......
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Well what you have to understand is that all candidates make promises for change....going all the way back...and we haven't seen it happen yet...I just really don't know whom to vote for to be honest...none inspire me....both seemed filled with empty promises that they can't keep. For instance when Bill Clinton was President he had a meeting with the Native American nations (it was telecast live on CNN...remember seeing it)--boy did he go out on a limb promising this and that and a better policy for Native American peoples...there was one Senator (crap forget his name) that was a Democrat and Native American himself...he was very impressed with Clinton and so were the other members of the Native American delegates that finally real results would come about ...after time passed it became apparent that Clinton was just doing lip service and this senator actually changed parties and became Republican as he was fed up with the broken promises Clinton did to the Native American people
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@donna22 (1120)
11 Oct 08
I like Obama. He always interests me when i se him on TV. I think he will be someone for the young people (black and white) to look up to.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
13 Oct 08
I'm thinking a lot of younger Americans will particularly vote for him...hope so
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
11 Oct 08
If there is no other choice, I would want McCain. Obama is out because he will pass a law taking away pro=life laws that are already passed in some states. Also he wants to kill babies that have survived abortions by making it illegal to keep them alive. That as well as being so far left. I think the tax laws of both candidates have their setbacks, but really I do not like anyone who thinks children are a punishment. Obama can lower the taxes, introduce universal health care, get the troops withdrawn, but if he does not value innocent human life, what good is he? He will bring the States down and unfortunately he will probably get in.
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
13 Oct 08
You seem to be the only pro McCain person here...LOL. I hate to say it, but I'm pro-choice...I'm not sanctifying abortion mind you, but I think it should be a woman's freedom of choice.
11 Oct 08
obama defnitly hop atlst he wil turn the sad plight of america bak :)
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
13 Oct 08
If he does get elected I hope he keeps his promises he's been making
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Of course I can't respond to your discussion on a non_American level, pyewacket, but I just wanted to say that I think the outcome of this election is poised to have a profound effect upon the world, and that includes people from all countries. So, I'll just sit back and read the other responses now.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
13 Oct 08
LOL--it seems most people here are rooting for Obama, doesn't it?
11 Oct 08
i want Obama to win also does anyone else think that McCain sounds like Bush, just from that it puts me off wanting him to win PS do those noodles come with a sause ;)
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Oct 08
Yes McCain does sound like Bush..uh, what kind of sauce do you want?
11 Oct 08
Hi pye, As you know i haven't a clue about our politics never mind The American Polictics, but with what I have heard Americans going on and on about it, I for thinks the Democrats will do better for the America than Bush who is a Republican, I think Obama will be good for the country and it would be a change. God know what will happen if McCain and his side kick Palin get in power, it will be world war 111 I'm sure. We just have to keep our fingers and everything cross. Bright Blessings. Tamara
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
12 Oct 08
It's a shame that to be honest neither candidate is "stellar" I was disappointed Clinton did get the Democratic go ahead instead.
• Canada
11 Oct 08
OK I hope I don't sound totally out of touch here but I think it would be cool to have obama in. We could witness history. The first black man to become president. I am not following the debates or anything like that so I don't know what he has been "promising" but he seems allright to me...plus mccain seems to much like bush to me...sounds just like him...I'm expecting him to get in.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Yes McCain does sounds like a Bush...who needs another Bush type administration...eight years has been enough I think
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@gemini_rose (16193)
11 Oct 08
I have not got a clue, not one. I sometimes try and listen to things but it all goes WAY over my head. I reckon I have enough troubles following the antics of my own country's leaders never mind trying to follow another country too! I listen to so much of it and then I just tend to switch off in my head.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Oct 08
LOL--I think a lot of us folks here tend to switch off listening to the candidates after awhile
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@Betty740 (19)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I am a born us citizen and yes I am worried about the choices we have this year. I wish there was a rule that if you ran for President you had to resign your seat in the senate or house to run for President then I believe the race would be shorter and we would not have to hear all that junk that goes on and I believe we would get better choices to vote for. If they had to resign their seats they would think about it because if they lose they would lose their post and be out of a job. also and maybe just maybe we would get better people, people who are committed to being honest and reliable and have the US's interest at heart and do what is right for the people, we had 2 senators and one representative that voted for this so called "bail out bill" against the wishes of the people of the our State. I wish we had some honest people that could afford to run for the offices but to run you have to sell your soul to the special interest groups. I bet there will be people running the day after the election for the next Presidential election the week or maybe day after the election.It is a mess and I don't see any relief in sight, Do You?
@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Yes it is a mess. Also I can't help thinking that the truly genuinely qualified people that wish to run for President never get the chance as they don't have the financial backing, not like the millions and millions the major candidates can rake in
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@BarBaraPrz (20147)
• St. Catharines, Ontario
11 Oct 08
election choice - Quick sketch of my choice for US prez...
You're right, I'm not thrilled with either candidate, but as I prefer a democratic government in power in your country... We have our own election happening Tuesday (day after our thanksgiving!) and I'm hoping for a change here, too... give me something to be thankful for...
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Oct 08
I think the world in general is getting fed up with their political leaders no matter which country you're talking about...good luck..hope you get a more favorable candidate in your country
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
11 Oct 08
I have always been a fence sitter when everyone is rushing for the latest news on the development of politics either domestic or international politics. America is about to see a new chapter in political history if Mr Obama is chosen as the next president of America. I don't hear much of his rival as much as I hear of Obama. I don't know how great this Mr Obama is but he is sure to be a favourite of the muslim countries as he is known to be one of them which I think he denied. Since America is the world's power negotiator and being looked upon as the most advanced country in the world I believe the American soil needs a very strong president to lead the country into the next century. A weak president would see problems not only in America but to all the third world countries. So vote wisely.
• United States
11 Oct 08
Very well said. You sound very wise. Yes, Obama says he is Christian. Anyway, it is interesting to me that people outside the US believe he is Muslim. And it is also interesting to me that you say we need a very strong president! We are always hearing that people outside our country believe we are too strong and too much bothering other countries. I agree, we need a strong president who is committed and dedicated to preserving our individual freedom as well as protecting our nation.
@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
11 Oct 08
The deciding factor in any political election is the voters and the real power is now in our hands. If need be the candidates would want to beg us to vote for them to be in power and to sit on the hot seat. We are not going to misuse our citizen rights as we need to ensure our country is well looked after even though whoever is elected and be at the helm of the country's administration, our daily life would always remain the same. A very good example is my country Malaysia. We just had our election and the result was a total dismay to the ruling government. We are now facing political instability and we see reports of political unrest in the daily news everyday. Who are we to blame now, the Government of the day who failed to deliver their promises and incompetent in the country's administration or the voters who voted the opposition to distabalize the Governement? With this kind of scenario the citizens of the country are the people who suffer most having a weak leader that is incapeable of running a good governement. Make sure you vote the right candidtate. Your happiness is our delight and hopefully we all would share and stay in a peaceful world with the coming of a new American President.
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@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
11 Oct 08
zandi: in re your comment, "...he is sure to be a favourite of the muslim countries as he is known to be one of them which I think he denied." I think your comment is uninformed and irresponsible since I don't believe you would have any inside information about Mr. Obama. Simply having an ethnic name does not make a person that ethnicity. I have a Latino name but that doesn't make me a Latino.
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• India
11 Oct 08
I am in favour of Barak Obama as I am an Indian and the policies of Obama are quite in favour of India.He wants to kill all the terrorist from Pakistan and he is against the policies of Pakistan so thats very good for India as terrorism is one of the measure problems here.I think Barak Obama will prove as a great leader for your country and he will solve all the present problems successfully.
• United States
11 Oct 08
I knew there HAD to be someone in the world besides me who had heard Obama's talk about fighting in all these countries: Pakistan, Iran, Afghanistan, etc! I didn't know that Pakistan harboring terrorists was such a problem for India? I thought they were mainly aimed at the US.
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@pyewacket (44036)
• United States
11 Oct 08
Yes, I would think that Pakistan's harboring of terrorists would be a threat t to India since the countries are neighbors.
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