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Old 01-08-08, 09:05 PM
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The Candidate Calculator

Go ahead, do the calculator and see who you should vote for:

http://www.vajoe.com/candidate_calculator.html

I wound up with Tom Tancredo. Well, he is gone now, so I suppose the calculator is less than scientific.

Here is how I broke it down:

issue, for/against, priority high/medium/low

Abortion Rights: against, high
Death Penalty: for, high
No Child Left Behind: Against, low
Federal Embryonic Stem Cell Research: against, low
ANWR Drilling: for, high
Kyoto Protocol: against, high
Assault Weapons Ban: against, high
Gun Background Checks: against, high
Patriot Act: for, high
Guantanamo Detention Camp: for, high
Waterboarding Detainees: for, high
Citizen Path for Illegal Immigrants: against, high
Border Fence: for, high
Internet Neutrality: for, high
U.S. Sanctions Against Iran: for, high
Military Action Against Iran: for, high
Support Iraq War: for, high
Increase Minimum Wage: against, medium
Same-Sex Marriage: against, medium
Universal Health Care: against, high
Free Trade: for, high
School Vouchers: against, medium
Privatizing Social Security: for, medium
FairTax: for, high

This site was getting a lot of hits today, and took me awhile to get through with my votes to the candidate calculator answer.

I probably could have favored Stem Cell Research. I'm not 100% opposed.

If they had civil unions for same-sex, I would have supported.

I also was on the fence over the "No Child Left Behind".

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Old 01-08-08, 09:31 PM
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Well, I support Mike Huckabee right now and after plugging in my answers for this thing, it actually picked Mike Huckabee for me with a 92.31% match.
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i had a 63.xx% match with dennis kucinich and a 62.xx% match with John McCain
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I didn't feel like adjusting importance sliders, and I got Joe Biden with 72.73%.
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Looks like I'll be voting for Kucinich.
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Old 01-09-08, 12:35 AM
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still about the same from other calculators:
kucinich 86%
Gravel 82%
Obama 82%

Probably will vote for Obama. Not sure yet. crazyronin had a good link to a summary of issues, but I can't remember the URL. issues 08 .org something like that.

Who's against the fence?
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It's too bad that nuclear power still doesn't seem to be the main focus in the energy issue.
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Old 01-09-08, 12:46 AM
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Romney......67.57%
Guliani........66.2%
Thompson...64.86%
Huckabee...62.16%
Paul...........56.76% (my candidate)

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Mitt Romney - 87.96%
Mike Huckabee - 79.63%
Fred Thompson - 75.93%
Duncan Hunter - 73.15%

I still haven't made up my mind between Thompson and Huckabee as to whom I would vote for if the primaries were today.
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Old 01-09-08, 07:10 AM
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Wow....

Top 5
Thompson - 97.40%
Giuliani - 95.74%
Romney - 93.35%
Huckabee - 93.28%
McCain - 92.96%

Bottom 5:
Obama - 74.21%
Richardson - 71.07%
Clinton - 69.35%
Edwards - 69.29%
Kucinich - 56.87%
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Old 01-09-08, 07:15 AM
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PS - The site the OP posted isn't reliably "up". Here's an alternate with similar (but slightly differently-worded) questions: www.votehelp.org
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Can I seriously ask the people who are leaning towards Huckabee - why?

There is a ton of information out there about his background as a governor and he is anything BUT a conservative. Is it his religion that is swaying people?
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Originally Posted by mosquitobite
Can I seriously ask the people who are leaning towards Huckabee - why?

There is a ton of information out there about his background as a governor and he is anything BUT a conservative. Is it his religion that is swaying people?
mosquitobite, I forget -- did I ask you why you believe that Huckabee isn't a conservative???

And for any Democrat uneasy that every "candidate preference" website seems to point you toward Kucinich... I'll point you to a very good Salon article: Stop lying to yourself. You love Dennis Kucinich.
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1. Bill Richardson
2. Mike Huckabee
3. John McCain
4. Hillary Clinton
5. Mitt Romney
6. Rudy Giuliani
7. John Edwards
8. Barack Obama
9. Fred Thompson
10. Joe Biden
11. Dennis Kucinich
12. Ron Paul


Gag. I'm glad that idiot Ron Paul got last.
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Originally Posted by kenbuzz
PS - The site the OP posted isn't reliably "up". Here's an alternate with similar (but slightly differently-worded) questions: www.votehelp.org

The results of this one make no sense. It says I'm a 75% match w/ Clinton, but when you look at all the issues there are only 6 that we have somewhat similar views on and 20 that we disagree on
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Originally Posted by NCMojo
mosquitobite, I forget -- did I ask you why you believe that Huckabee isn't a conservative???

And for any Democrat uneasy that every "candidate preference" website seems to point you toward Kucinich... I'll point you to a very good Salon article: Stop lying to yourself. You love Dennis Kucinich.
Yes you've already asked but I'm willing to say it again since I think Huckabee will utterly destroy the Republican party if he's the nominee in November. IMO he will split the socials from the fiscals, and on top of that he'll be STOMPED by whoever the Dem is.

How about a few reasons:

www.taxhikemike.com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzI1VIciQNA

http://www.opinionjournal.com/diary/?id=110010782
Mr. Huckabee, on the other hand, is running hard right on social issues but liberal-populist on some economic issues. ... Betsy Hagan, Arkansas director of the conservative Eagle Forum and a key backer of his early runs for office, was once "his No. 1 fan." She was bitterly disappointed with his record. "He was pro-life and pro-gun, but otherwise a liberal," she says. "Just like Bill Clinton he will charm you, but don't be surprised if he takes a completely different turn in office."
Ann Coulter's take

Hugh Hewitt's take


I can find more if you want. The man simply IS NOT a conservative!!! Well, unless you think being religious = conservative (which I do not!)

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I liked that one posted last week where you had 20 pts to farm out on various issues. It forces you to prioritize the importance of certain issues rather than just say high on this, low on that, etc. And I like being able to put a Zero rather than just 'low' on abortion, guns, and the death penalty.
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Old 01-09-08, 09:49 AM
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1. Dennis Kucinich 82.35%
2. Mike Gravel 78.43%
3. Barack Obama 70.59%
4. Joe Biden 64.71%
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Originally Posted by mosquitobite
I can find more if you want. The man simply IS NOT a conservative!!! Well, unless you think being religious = conservative (which I do not!)
An argument can be made that, in a world where you can be for welfare reform and trade liberalization and be considered a liberal Democrat, provided you are for gay rights and abortion on demand, you can also be considered a conservative Republican as long as you oppose abortion and gay rights, your positions on trade or fiscal policy notwithstanding. Look, by your standards I'm probably more conservative than almost any Republican running for the nomination, but I doubt anyone here would call me a "genuine" conservative.
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Your top matches:

1. Joe Biden 80.15% bye bye Joe
2. Barak Obama 75.00%
3. Hillary Clinton 73.53%
4. Chris Dodd 73.53%
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9. Ron Paul 42.65%

Very interesting. Out of all the R's out there, Ron Paul was the first I could possibly come close to agreeing with. When it comes to primary day, I guess I'm still leaning Obama at this point for various reasons.
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All the other calculators I've found have given me these top three in this order: Kucinich, Gravel, Obama.

This one gives me:
Gravel 93.22%
Kucinich 79.66%
Edwards 67.80%
Obama 67.80%
Biden 64.41%
Clinton 64.41%
Richardson 61.02%
Dodd 58.47%
Paul 44.92%
Cox 37.29% (who?!)
Giuliani(!!) 30.51%
McCain 30.51%
Huckabee 23.73%
Romney 20.34%
Tancredo 20.34%
Brownback 16.95%
Thompson 13.56%
Hunter 10.17% (who?!?)

It surprises me that Giuliani was the first of the new Rep style - then again, his social politics align much better with me than most. No surprise that Paul is the top Rep overall, though.

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Originally Posted by kenbuzz
PS - The site the OP posted isn't reliably "up". Here's an alternate with similar (but slightly differently-worded) questions: www.votehelp.org
Again, this one is yet another "test" type of thing that backs me up in supporting Mike Huckabee. I agree with him on all but four issues, one of which is taxes, just as I expected. Here are my results:

1. Mike Huckabee
96.70% match on issues.


2. Fred Thompson
96.65% match on issues.

3. Mitt Romney
95.85% match on issues.

4. John McCain
90.92% match on issues.

5. Rudy Giuliani
89.48% match on issues.

6. Ron Paul
78.97% match on issues.

7. Barack Obama
72.95% match on issues.


10. Bill Richardson
67.40% match on issues.

9. Hillary Clinton
67.84% match on issues.

10. Bill Richardson
67.40% match on issues.

11. John Edwards
67.03% match on issues.

12. Dennis Kucinich
50.44% match on issues.

What I find interesting is that this is just about how I'd list them all if I just sat down to do it on my own. As I've said, Mike Huckabee is my first choice on the Republican side, and Barack Obama would more than likely be my first choice over on the Democratic side, and Dennis Kucinich would be right down at the very bottom of my list.

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An argument can be made that, in a world where you can be for welfare reform and trade liberalization and be considered a liberal Democrat, provided you are for gay rights and abortion on demand, you can also be considered a conservative Republican as long as you oppose abortion and gay rights, your positions on trade or fiscal policy notwithstanding. Look, by your standards I'm probably more conservative than almost any Republican running for the nomination, but I doubt anyone here would call me a "genuine" conservative.
yeah, but I'd probably vote for you wenders because I don't think you'd try to ban smoking or institute some mandatory national weight loss

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Old 01-09-08, 10:33 AM
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Ron Paul: 86.29%
Thompson: 75%
Tancredo: 66.13%
Romney: 64.52%
McCain: 62.9%
Huckabee: 61.29%
Giuliani: 48.39%
Gravel
Biden
Dodd
Obama
Richardson

Last one on my list is Edwards.

The ranking is pretty much how I would have gone. I've said that it's a shame Thompson's campaign can't take off, because other than him, I'm not voting for a single one of the other Republicans in the race

Not that I'd vote for a Democrat....
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I believe that any Republican who doesn't have the support of a rather large majority of the evangelicals is going to be 'crushed' in the general election.

Huckabee fits the bill as a conservative on the social issues that a large portion of those folks adhere to.

I don't believe McCain is trusted by those folks. I know Giuliani is not trusted by those folks. Many of those same folks don't believe Romney is a Christian.

An 'economics only (fiscal conservative) can't win the general election.

That all changed decades ago.
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