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masked_marsoe VIP Member

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#1 12 years ago

See also: http://forums.filefront.com/pub/320153-primaries-republicans.html

The Democrats have 8 candidates currently running, but have presented a much more homogeneous, less diverse front than the Republicans. However, they have the advantage of attacking (offence is the best defence in politics). There is also the possibility of a Democratic "dream team", a Clinton/Obama presidential ticket. And now in July, for the first time, the polls say all Democratic leading candidates would win against Republican leading candidates on averages.

And here they are (all info wikipedia):

Joe Biden

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Joe Biden, born November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania, U.S. Senator from Delaware and candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988, although he ceased active campaigning in 1987, before the first primaries. Biden first hinted that he might run in 2008 in a December 8, 2004, radio interview with host Don Imus, saying: "I'm going to proceed as if I'm going to run." Biden has repeatedly stated his intention to run, and did so as early as 21 March 2006. Biden's Federal Leadership PAC is "Unite Our States", which tracks Biden's public appearances and policy positions. On 7 January 2007, when asked by Tim Russert on Meet the Press "Are you running for President?" he responded, "I am running for President." He also said he plans to create an exploratory committee by the end of the month. On January 31, 2007, he officially signed the papers with the FEC to run for president.

Christopher Dodd

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Christopher Dodd, was born May 27, 1944, in Connecticut and is a five-term U.S. Senator from that state. Dodd was reported to be a likely contender for the Democratic Vice President slot on John Kerry's ticket in 2004. In May 2006, Dodd said he has "decided to do all the things that are necessary to prepare to seek the presidency in 2008", including hiring staff, raising money and traveling around the country in the next few months to enlist support.

Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton, born October 26, 1947, in Illinois, U.S. Senator from New York and former First Lady of the United States. Clinton announced the formation of her exploratory committee on 20 January 2007, with a post on her website. She has delivered several speeches which analysts say are intended to reach out to moderates. She has also been holding fundraising meetings, including meeting with women from Massachusetts, a key constituency of potential rival and 2004 nominee John Kerry; however, these activities are consistent with the lead up to a campaign for re-election to her Senate seat in 2006. Many Republicans appear to be hoping that Senator Clinton will run for President, presumably believing her to be a polarizing figure. If elected, Clinton would be the first female president.

John Edwards

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John Edwards, born June 10, 1953, in South Carolina, former U.S. Senator from North Carolina, candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2004 and 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee. As a presidential candidate, Edwards was famed for his populist message in his "Two Americas" speech and also for his optimistic, positive attitude. This was evidenced by his refusal to attack his opponents. In the primaries, Sen. Edwards had strong come-from-behind showings in the crucial states of Iowa, Oklahoma, Virginia, Tennessee, Wisconsin, and Georgia. He also won the North Carolina caucus and the South Carolina primary. Edwards has kept his Federal Leadership PAC, the One America Committee, active to help Democrats across the nation win elections in the future. On February 5, 2005, Edwards spoke at the New Hampshire Democratic Party's fundraising dinner.

Mike Gravel

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Mike Gravel, born May 13, 1930, in Springfield, Massachusetts. U.S. Senator from Alaska from 1969 to 1981 and an active candidate for Vice President in 1972. He is most known for playing a key role in ending the draft during the Vietnam War through the release of the Pentagon Papers and through staging a one-man filibuster for 5 months. He is also notable for advocating a guaranteed annual income, which he termed a "citizen's wage," of $5,000 per person, regardless of whether the person worked. On April 13, 2006, Gravel announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination. His policy announcements to date include support for direct democracy, FairTax and withdrawal from Iraq. His is considered a very longshot candidacy since former Sen. Gravel will be 78 years old at the time of the general election and will have been out of federal politics for almost three decades at the time of the election.

Dennis Kucinich

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Dennis Kucinich, born October 8, 1946, in Cleveland, Ohio. Ohio Congressman, former Mayor of Cleveland, and 2004 Democratic primary candidate. Dennis Kucinich is known by many as "The Peace Candidate", having received the 2003 Gandhi Peace Award. Kucinich opposed the war in Iraq and the Patriot Act. Under Kucinich's plan, United Nations peace-keepers would go to Iraq if the Iraqi citizens desire their presence. Congressman Kucinich re-introduced legislation to create a United States Department of Peace via HR 808 on February 5, 2007. Dennis is currently campaigning to end the war in Iraq by cutting off funding, if such measures are necessary. He is in support of peaceful diplomatic relations with Iran, and all nations. Dennis has received many awards praising his courage and work for peace

Barack Obama

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Barack Obama, born August 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S. Senator from Illinois. A "draft Obama" movement began with his well-received 2004 Democratic National Convention keynote address. Obama was the featured speaker at Iowa Senator Tom Harkin's annual steak fry, a political event favored by presidential hopefuls in the lead-up to the Iowa caucus. He was endorsed by talk show host Oprah Winfrey in 2006. Various recent opinion polls have seen Obama's support rising, with him trailing only Hillary Clinton in several polls. If elected, he would become the first African-American President of the United States.

Bill Richardson

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Bill Richardson, born November 15, 1947, in Pasadena, California, Governor of New Mexico, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Secretary of Energy and U.S. Representative. After reportedly informing party leaders in February 2005 of his intention to run for president, on December 7, 2006, Richardson said "I am running" during his response to a prospective question about the 2008 presidential election by Fox News, however he later retracted the decision and said he would make an official decision by January. Recently on The Daily Show, Richardson stated that he was definitely running for President. On May 21, 2007, he officially declared his candidacy. If elected he would be the first Hispanic American to hold Presidential Office.



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#2 12 years ago

Well, I'm not so familiar with those candidates. I only heard a lot of negative things about Clinton. I wonder if the allegiations from the movie "Sicko" are true? She also seems to be the kind of person who blames everything on videogames, which isn't exactly the way to my heart.

Obama seems alright, but I don't really know much about any of the other candidates.




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#3 12 years ago

Barack Obama is my choice, there's no question about that.

Obama is sole truly fresh face & wind of change from all presidential candidates from both parties. He's able & inspiring speaker, getting people not just interested but also excited about issues & politics in the USA. He's charismatic & sincere person who creates aura of confidence & trustworthiness around him instead of doubt & indifference like so many other American politicians. His young age also gives points for him in the US politics largely made up from old career politicians.

Obama has first-hand experience about fighting against poverty as he worked as community organizer in Chicago and state legislator in the Illinois State Senate where he supported various anti-poverty measures such as expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit. Obama has extensive plan for better health care and views about energy independence, fuel-efficiency & motivating enterprises to find solutions for renewable fuel are healthy in addition to fact that he acknowledges the danger of global warming. In immigration policies he's supporting bi-partisan solution: securing the borders AND giving illegals possibility to become citizens. Partisan measures haven't & aren't going to work in solving the immigration issue.

In matters of homeland security Obama seems to have concrete and practical ideas such as protecting chemical plants from terrorists & tracking spent nuclear fuel. In the field of foreign policy Obama promotes cooperation with the world community and America must lead by deed and example while taking active role in stopping conflicts in Darfur & Congo, that is intervention based on humanitarian reasons. What is important thing to note is that Obama has opposed the war in Iraq from the start and has actual plan to end it, the plan largely supported by bi-partisan Iraq Study Group.

However most importantly Obama is determined in fighting against corruption, pet projects & earmarks in Congress while promoting ethics & lobbyist reform, transparency of politics and voting rights. All this can be seen from Obama's voting records & legislation proposals such as "Transparency and Integrity in Earmarks Act", "CLEAN UP Act" and creating an independent ethics commission. Obama doesn't just talk here, he also acts. Hillary and others may talk nicely about fighting against corruption and increasing transparency but Obama is the only one who's actually going to do something about the issues.




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#4 12 years ago

I hope I can register to vote sometime soon, don't know exactly how that works for a citizen living abroad. Obama would get my vote pretty much for the reasons that Relander mentioned. He's just a fresh, young face in American politics, but by no means inexperienced. I think he could do a good job. I really hope Clinton doesn't win, I really have a problem with her, not so much her standing on the issues but her attitude.




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#5 12 years ago

I like Obama, frankly I think Clinton is the only one in the party who can challange him. Clinton does have some unsavory things to her, but not enough that would really make her a bad president [and you know alot of it is political spin or exageratted]. She'll probably end up as his vice president. I hope for Obama because the Democrats should win this election.




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#6 12 years ago

Richardson is the only one I trust, even if I don't agree with dems.




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#7 12 years ago

Forget the Democrats. They all are peddling the same crap, Hussein Obama included. Obama wants to reinstate an Assault Weapons Ban in Chicago and probably to follow in its footsteps a national one. Just more political feel-good bullshit: assault rifles are not killing the people and nationally rifles are used as low as 3% in gun crime: it's little hoodlums running around with stolen and illegally purchased handguns doing it. He also wants some form of amnesty for illegals: that's a big no-no in my book. They are a huge drain on the economy in this country and that combined with the nanny universal healthcare both he and Clinton want will make taxes go through the roof. Obama is the same stuff with a fresh face and nothing more.




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#8 12 years ago
Hussein Obama

huh?

I would choose Obama as my candidate, but I am more conservative so.....




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#9 12 years ago
WickedVestige;3803394huh? I would choose Obama as my candidate, but I am more conservative so.....

Hussein is his middle name. If you are more conservative than look at Bill Richardson for the democrats...but either way Ron Paul is the best canidate for this election.




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#10 12 years ago
WiseBobo;3803447Hussein is his middle name.

Please don't tell me you consider his middle name a fair argument to make against him? There's no reason to call him "Hussein Obama," just as you wouldn't call Hillary, "Rodham Clinton." (Despite that it's not her real middle name, she used it as such pre-campaign.)