For All U.S. Mylotters: How do you choose your Presidential Candidate :-)

Philippines
March 10, 2010 7:06am CST
Hello lotters (specially US Citizens Lotters) am not actually going to budge in your politics but since you people had recently had an election not long ago, i just wonder how do you determine who's the best among all the candidates in the Presidency? *Is it their track record *popularity/used to be celebrity *popularity in the surveys *just a pretty looking person * how they answered on issues regarding the countries problems * how they respond to their controversies Well, am asking because i feel i need am planning to campaigning on a specific candidate some day next week. but now in recent topics about the election for the first time am seeing voters that are not very serious or doesn't go deep in choosing the candidate.they're a lot of newly registered voters in my country but doesn't check their candidate based on principles, or plat forms , or how to address issues, instead. Frankly, am very disappointed but i guess i have no right to rant since it's my second time to vote for a president but first time that i realized how the people can be so easily deceived by their candidates. They choose them because: * they like they're good in commercial ads, * received money from them in exchange for votes * they're relatives is a celebrity/popular icon and it's their idol * simply because they're parents are politically popular * they choose them, with out further looking into them * they want to their chosen candidate "just" to beat the other guy * they're for the poor Well, most of my people would say "only in the Philippines", am sick and tired of it. the next time i call my presidential candidate i would asked him about implementing voters education included in the curriculum in every college schools. Frankly, i felt so depressed.i fear if the other guy wins, we might yet again have another 6 years of HELL Have a Great Day....
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7 responses
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
10 Mar 10
I know where I stand on almost all issues. When deciding on who to vote for, I look at the candidate/incumbent at where he/she stands on the issues, and I vote accordingly. He/she that reflects my values, beliefs, opinions, etc. most closely gets my vote. The other things you mention, such as popularity, celebrity status, looks, etc. have no bearing on the way I vote.
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• Philippines
11 Mar 10
hello hoffer, thank you so much for telling me your criteria, it seems that people shouldn't judge candidate on the looks alone. i feel so sad about it last night that i had to make this topic, even cried a little. I wish my people would be a bit smarter now and then. otherwise, we might end up choosing the wrong candidate here.
@hofferp (4739)
• United States
11 Mar 10
I too wish we had more informed voters. Some still vote for what I believe are the wrong reasons -- looks, celebrity, party, etc.
• United States
10 Mar 10
Since when does the UK vote for a President of Great Britain?
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• United States
10 Mar 10
Sorry ......thought it was for UK folks
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• Philippines
11 Mar 10
How can you be sure that the person was chosen in the party get's to choose the right person to be prime minister.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Mar 10
i would like to quote the lamb "change their position on issues as soon as they are elected". i think this is also common to our candidates or shall we say, politicians. i would also like to believe that you are still young to get yourself getting involved much to politics or maybe it's just because you believe in your bet. i respect your point of view about the tandem of G-B or any other candidates campaigning for their dream position. what i can say is, whoever wins, will be our leader for the next 6 years. and for that, what we can do is respect the election results.
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• Philippines
10 Mar 10
hello neildc, WELL, GMA IS A POPULAR MIND CHANGER I thought that was the case, but as i go deeper and deeper, i realized the people, msot specially the new voters aren't that serious in SCRUTINIZING THEIR CHOSEN CANDIDATES. they just support support with out clarifying the issues that's being asked to them. that's why as long as they're still in the campaign stage we have to GRILL them now and NOT after the ELECTION. I'll be neutral after may 10, if my chosen tandem doesn't win i don't care at least I vote for the right person. I won't complain either if the winner screws the presidency, why? cause i didn't vote for that person, the majority did. i will just help my own people my way. people are protesting every day or week and then the scandal never stops or resolve. so, am active now fighting to convince to choose some one i think is better,most specially if they can't defend their position why they vote for the other guy
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Mar 10
I won't care either if my bet will not win, at least I voted for the right person I THINK IS RIGHT FOR THE POSITION. you have your bet, my other friend have the other, mine is the other guy. LET'S JUST WAIT, till May 10. good luck to all of us.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Mar 10
The issues need to align with mine at least fairly closely...
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• Philippines
10 Mar 10
hello dawn, is that you? that's cute. well, maybe i should start asking my and compairing my own.
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@dawnald (84131)
• Shingle Springs, California
10 Mar 10
Me as a baby... Over here around election time you can usually find a site that lists the candidates and how they stand on a set list of issues, so you can look at them and see who is closest to believing in what you believe in. Whether or not they're being truthful is another issue.
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• United States
11 Mar 10
Flipping a coin, using a dart board, Ouija board, close my eyes and just start making marks. All has worked well in the past.
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• Philippines
11 Mar 10
wow, really? that's so funny. have a great day...
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@zandi458 (27952)
• Malaysia
10 Mar 10
The political scenario in your country is totally different from that of ours. We don't choose our president. We choose our representatives in the house of parliament. Those who won in the country election would in turn vote who would become their leader ie we call our Prime Minister and President for some countries.
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• Philippines
10 Mar 10
zandi, I don't know how to intrepret this but some how i get the impression that it's really harder in your country to exercise the right to vote for a leader. what if teh one you selected chooses the wrong candidate? well, at least am a bit lucky because i lived in nation where the people decides to vote for their LEADERS directly. trouble is that most are deceived.
@BlueGoblin (1833)
• United States
11 Mar 10
We flip a coin.
• Philippines
11 Mar 10