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Does a Candidate's Race Affect Your Vote?

Old 01-10-08, 12:51 PM
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Does a Candidate's Race Affect Your Vote?

Honesty is always the best policy.
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Old 01-10-08, 12:54 PM
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I voted for Alan Keyes in the 1996 GOP primary and for Senate in Maryland twice. Does he count or is this one of those Justice Thomas deals - he's not really black?
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Not at all. I wouldn't vote for Obama because of his politics and lack of experience. I don't care what his race is.
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No, it would make absolutely no difference to me.

But, then I'm white so I must be lying.
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YES!!! We have a presidential race for a reason. It would be pretty silly to ignore the way the candidate chooses to run it.
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Originally Posted by classicman2
Honesty is always the best policy.
We should assume that those who vote no in the poll are lying. Correct?
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I voted yes. I would likely vote for someone with an "American sounding" name over that of someone with an "Arab sounding name". I know that's wrong and terrible of me but I've never been one to hold back telling how I feel.
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You still would have been eligible to vote No, Zod. Last I checked, Arabs are the same race as whites.
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No. I've never voted for someone as the same race as me though.
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Old 01-10-08, 02:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Venusian
No. I've never voted for someone as the same race as me though.



Not to be racial, but this should have been a whites-only poll to make it more interesting.
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Read your comment two posts up. Both of us are counted in the Caucasian race
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I would never vote for a Klingon. A Romulan, maybe, but I would prefer Ferengi, since they are more likely to be <i>laissez-faire</i> capitalists and pro free trade.
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Originally Posted by VinVega
We should assume that those who vote no in the poll are lying. Correct?
No. I'll simply tally up the total number of votes. If the no votes don't amount to at least 20%, I'll know there's a powerful odor of mendacity emanating from this forum.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
I would never vote for a Klingon. A Romulan, maybe, but I would prefer Ferengi, since they are more likely to be <i>laissez-faire</i> capitalists and pro free trade.

Meh. We all know that the Federation is nothing but a homo-sapiens only club.
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No. I'll simply tally up the total number of votes. If the no votes don't amount to at least 20%, I'll know there's a powerful odor of mendacity emanating from this forum.
so if we aren't as racist as you expect, we're liars? sounds about right
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I did vote for Jesse Jackson once. In the Wisconsin 1988 dem primary.
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There's a little bit (sometimes a lot) of racism in all of us.
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There's a little bit (sometimes a lot) of racism in all of us.
i've had friends say that to me before, even sing the song "Everyone's a little bit racist", but I still don't buy it
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Originally Posted by classicman2
There's a little bit (sometimes a lot) of racism in all of us.
Even if this is true, and I'm not conceding it is, it might not manifest itself in all areas. You might, for instance, be perfectly willing to vote for someone of another race, but be unhappy if your child married someone of another race.
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i've had friends say that to me before, even sing the song "Everyone's a little bit racist", but I still don't buy it
I suspect you don't feel that way because you're Indian. And Indians hate other Indians more than they hate any other race.
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Is that an American Indian or the the other Indian?
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He's talking red dot, not feather.

I don't hate other Indians. I don't have beef with anyone
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So if two candidates were equally good in your opinion but you decided to vote for the one whose race has never held that office (whether or not it's your race or not), I assume that's race affecting your vote?
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Originally Posted by classicman2
Is that an American Indian or the the other Indian?
REAL Indian
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So if two candidates were equally good in your opinion but you decided to vote for the one whose race has never held that office (whether or not it's your race or not), I assume thats race affecting your vote?
yes.


but i doubt youll find a race where you think both candidates are equal
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