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Pterodactyl Donating Member (415 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 01:33 PM
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Thought Experiment: Who is the best REPUBLICAN candidate?
Edited on Sat Jun-11-11 01:33 PM by Pterodactyl
Question: Which current Republican presidential candidate
would be best for the country if he actually won?

I'm not asking which would be the easiest to beat, but
assuming the winner would be a Republican, which would you be
most comfortable with?

And why?


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Republican_presidential_primaries,_2012#Current

List of current candidates:

Herman Cain

Newt Gingrich

Gary Johnson

Fred Karger

Andy Martin

Jimmy McMillan

Ron Paul

Tim Pawlenty

Mitt Romney

Rick Santorum

Jonathon Sharkey
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GKirk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 01:38 PM
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1. Let the RNC run their own poll n/t
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 01:39 PM
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2. NONE OF THE ABOVE!
None, not one, nany!
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 01:40 PM
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3. Ron Paul is probably the least sold-out.
Although he's totally nuts on the vast majority of issues, I don't hate EVERYTHING he stands for as is the case with most of them. I could see getting some legislation, like drug legalization, through (not that it would pass Congress in reality), and ending our imperial aspirations in the Middle east during a Paul presidency. But of course his chances of nomination are about equal to those of Dennis Kucinich.
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Exultant Democracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 01:51 PM
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5. You are right Ron Paul is the only one who wouldn't sell his mother for a song. Tad Racist
on the other hand. I think his chances of getting the nomination is probably about 3 times are likely as Kucinich, but of course we are talking about small enough numbers that it makes no difference.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 02:36 PM
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10. Yeah.
.0005 for Kooch, .0015 for Paul.
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 02:48 PM
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11. A stopped clock is right twice a day. Ron Paul is a stopped clock
Most of Paul's positions are insane.
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Jackpine Radical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 04:40 PM
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14. Is that any less true of the rest of them?
Convince me that they aren't racist and homophobic and misogynists (including the women) and global warming deniers, etc.
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emulatorloo Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-12-11 12:50 PM
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16. Of course not, they are all awful.
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MineralMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 01:45 PM
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4. You might try that poll somewhere where people give a shit.
This is not that place. None of those you mention are in the least acceptable.

Feh!
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crim son Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 01:52 PM
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6. I think it's a good question.
Edited on Sat Jun-11-11 01:52 PM by crim son
I have no answer because I haven't bothered to do the research beyond the few big names, because people like Jimmy McMillan (who I've never heard of) haven't got a chance. I know a few people who like to claim there are decent republicans out there: is that true of any of these candidates?
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Frisbee Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-17-11 05:28 PM
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18. I sincerely believe...
You can't be a republican AND a good person. You can be a republican who has some decent qualities. Not all republicans for example deny climate change, or are racist. But if you identify with today's republican party enough that you claim to be one, and they probably wouldn't throw you out of their convention if they knew your views on the major issues, you are probably not a very good person overall, even if you do love puppies. JMHO
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MH1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 02:12 PM
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7. Romney, because he isn't crazy
and he actually recognizes global warming and the human factors thereof, which makes him less of a cretin than the rest.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 02:15 PM
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8. Barack Obama. Now we need a progressive to run against him. nt
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Pterodactyl Donating Member (415 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 03:58 PM
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13. Now that's funny!
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 05:46 PM
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15. Obama is as Republican as I want to see any Republicans get.
Anything right of Obama is insanity, in my book.
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RevStPatrick Donating Member (564 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 02:22 PM
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9. I think it's fair to ask questions like that here.
Despite what others might say.

I would say Gary Johnson.
He seems the least crazy, and would let me smoke a doobie in my own back yard.
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RaleighNCDUer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jun-11-11 02:51 PM
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12. None of the above.
The best of those to win would be the one who would be easiest to defeat next time around.

That is my ONLY criterion.
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byronius Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-15-11 03:32 AM
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17. Herman Cain. Too crazy to do any real damage.
All right, Romney. If we're serious.
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Harry Monroe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-04-11 10:36 PM
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19. If I had a gun to my head and had to choose or die...
Oh hell, I'd go with Romney. But if my life wasn't threatened, NONE OF THEM!!
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ThomasP Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-20-11 11:59 PM
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20. hehe
Give me Bachmann. 4 years of that kind of crazy and the republican party would go the way of the dinosaurs.
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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Sep-28-11 04:03 AM
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21. None of them.
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Meandering Kitten Donating Member (70 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-02-11 10:57 AM
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22. Huntsman is the best of the worst.
You didn't list him. All of them including Huntsman are bad. We have to find a way to reelect Obama.
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