Who did you vote for and why?

United States
December 3, 2008 7:43pm CST
who did you vote for? i wanna know!! did you vote because of race? Polocies? economic change? difference? change? just because?? i really wanna know. i voted for mccaine because i belive that he was all for my views and belifes. whats your reason?
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• United States
4 Dec 08
I didn't vote for a third party because they coundn't win. I didn't vote for Obama because I own a small business with 4 employees. If Obama actually does what he said he would do on his website, I would have to fire two of my employees by 2011, and have a hard time keeping the business afloat even with the cuts in labor. So there was only one option left.
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@myklj999 (33128)
• Olney, Illinois
4 Dec 08
The only reason a third party can't win is because people like you think they can't and therefore won't vote for them. Perfect logic.
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• United States
4 Dec 08
The problem is that our system is really designed in a way that it promotes a two party system. Although it is possible for a third party to replace one or the other parties, it is more likely that that they simply push the major parties to accomidate their views. They may actually win a couple of elections in odd cases, but usually what happens is if the third party is able to pull enough votes they simply cause the party that is closer to them to lose. This causes that party to shift its views closer to the third party that took all its votes. So I have made a statement by voting for third parties before it is only to allow another canditate to lose.
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@iriscot (1290)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I agree trouble, the third party simply won't get enough votes to win and they upset the chances of the one who has the closest principles of one or other of the parties. As for taxing the small business owner, I don't think Obama's plan will hurt your business. To start with, if something isn't done soon you won't have a business anyway. Secondly, as a former business owner I was only taxed on my net profit not the gross. If you are fortunate enough to have a net profit of over $250,000 you will be very well off. I never reached anything close to that figure and I had two stores and 11 employees. I wish you well in your business, and hope that you can continue without the recession draining your assets.
@taface412 (3175)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I voted for McCain because I fel anyone who ran for that position should have military experience. I voted for McCaine because he chose a runnng mate who ha just enough controversy to get the medias attention that was not really controversy because each time it panned out to be nothing. I voted McCaine because I did not believe what I thought I heard I believed what I checked out and saw for myself. I also voted for McCaine because I stopped watching CNN. I really wanted to vote for Ron Paul but did not want to chance my "other" vote as if I was iffy about Obama. I knew shortly after he becam popular with the press I was non impressed. So we are the ones he stated to earn our respects. As long as he doesn't put this country in the pot and stops worrying about giving out stimnulus checks he might have a chance with me. Right now I think it is said most people are worried about the stimulus checks and not worried about our future....
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@taface412 (3175)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I find it funny how most peole say the President doesn't have much authority over war (when you bring up military experience and that office) but yet we will blame a President for creating a war and keeping us at war. I guess it depends on what side of the party's you are on and who you want to believe in that moment. Me, I believe anything is possible when you have someone who knows how to manipulate people with one thing while doing another. But I guess we'll see what the future holds.
@anniepa (27280)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I disagree with you that the President should have to have military experience. It obviously could go either way, the last two Presidents prove that; Clinton had no military experience and was a terrific President and Bush spent a couple of years absent from the Texas National Guard and he's going to go down in history as our worst ever. Never mind all that, if what said was true that would leave out an entire generation more or less since up until Bush's terms we hadn't had any wars to speak of so fewer people were compelled to enlist plus it leaves out almost all women. Annie
@taface412 (3175)
• United States
4 Dec 08
"sympathy vote"....I doubt it. He used a strategy in this campaign and he chose the woman (a woman who proved she could handle the pressure of running in a heated campaign). Plus if the press reported these things I honestly would not believe it. They were slighted and I lost all respect for them throughout the campaign. I think Obama received the sympathy votes. And I do not believe Hope lies within words alone. Actions speak louder than words and banners. I have said those words all my life and hope only springs from initiative, perseverance and experience. And consistency throughout it all. I never saw consistency with Obama other than making sure he looked okay according to the polls. But all is said and done and I am waiting for him to prove he is appropriate for that position. And I hope he does not continue to Change his actions based upon who he is speaking to. It takes a strong character to stand behind your words. And I am a realistic optimist. And I believe in America anything is possible. And race was never an issue to me because growing up I knew one day there would be a black president just like I know one day there will be a woman president....honestly I do not care I just want someone who has the experience and can get the job done the right way.
@myklj999 (33128)
• Olney, Illinois
4 Dec 08
I voted for Ralph Nader because I couldn't stand either McCain or Obama.
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• United States
4 Dec 08
lol so on voting day thats who u voted for?? i would have done the same but i was choosing the best out of the two that where ahead..
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@myklj999 (33128)
• Olney, Illinois
4 Dec 08
I guess my vote counted just as much as yours since neither of them won.
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@xfahctor (14126)
• Lancaster, New Hampshire
4 Dec 08
I voted for Chuck Baldwin -(C) for a number fo rasons. I was leaning toward McCain untill he put his signature on T.A.R.P. I guess I just got tired of the 2 party monopoly. I heard the word change tossed around like a football this election and as much as people were screaming "change", people were still clamoring to go and once again, elect one of the same two parties we have been voting in decade after decade. I felt Chuck Baldwin best represented true conservative and FAR more important, the constitution. A number of issues have become a stick in my craw and neither of the 2 main candidates were going to do anything about them. T.A.R.P. the 3rd infantry devision's home soil deployment, border patrol checkpoints IN THE MIDDLE OF MY STAE 75 MILES from any border, the northcom civil assistance plan, the patriot act, the homegrown terrorism and anti redicalization act, the slow disapearence of the 10th amendment, the list goes on.
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• United States
4 Dec 08
i gree and i definatley hate the fact that we have a 2 party government.. if they are running for president they should have that many parties.. not just 2 big ones
@annjilena (5620)
• United States
4 Dec 08
i voted for obama we need a change the pesent goverment suck race had nothing to do with it even though he made history beening the first black president.i think the lady lost the race for maclaine bashing as she was.
• United States
4 Dec 08
i do agree but their are people out their that voted against obama cuz the color of his skin, and vise versa. im glad we have change and i know i didnt vote for him but i hope he will do good for us!
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I voted for Obama because I feel he stands for the things I believe in and that he'll be something this great country hasn't had in awhile - a President with an Administration that's for ALL Americans, not just those who agree with what "the decider" decides. I know he won't be perfect, he probably won't be able to do everything he said he'll do and I'll likely disagree on him more than once or twice but I believe he's going to do his best for our country and I believe the same of those he's appointed so far. Annie
• United States
4 Dec 08
good! very interesting!! do you belive in this change he talks about? with him being my president and all i hope he does good buttheirs peope out their who think diffrent.. what do you think?
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@anniepa (27280)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I'm not sure if you mean do I agree he'll bring change or do I believe we NEED change, but I'll say "yes" to both. I've already said I don't expect him to accomplish 100% of what he's promised any more than anyone before him ever has but I believe he'll try and I have no doubt we're in desperate need of change from the past 8 years. Annie
@iriscot (1290)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I agree Annie, we do need a change and I think Obama is showing change right now by picking persons to serve on his cabinet from both parties, he's picking the person he feels will be right for the job and not just the "good ole boys". As a veteran of the Korean War I would have liked him to choose Colin Powell for a position in his cabinet concerning our nation's security. Powell "lost face" at the UN when he was tricked into backing the War in Iraq by Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld. They made him the "goat" and I know he is suffering for it. They destroyed a great Army General.
@sirnose (2440)
• United States
4 Dec 08
I voted for Sen. Obama because he was the only one for so-call "change",so i held my nose and voted for Sen.Obama...I liked Ralph Nader he was closely to my views and beliefs, but, i knew he couldn't win...Sen. McCain he was for a 100 yr war in Iraq which i didn't want our troops in Iraq for eons...and that's why i voted for President-elect Obama...