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XemaSab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:06 PM
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Poll question: Who is the most liberal major candidate or president of the past 11 years?
I'm defining liberal based on pro-labor, pro-environment, pro-education, pro-equal rights, pro-constitution, pro-women, and anti-war beliefs.

:shrug:

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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Barack2theFuture Donating Member (353 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:15 PM
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1. Dennis Kucinich
or some obscure Socialist perhaps.
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seattleblue Donating Member (437 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:27 PM
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2. Ralph Nader
Nader had more of a national campaign than Kucinich did and DK left the campaign fairly early.
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BolivarianHero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:34 PM
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3. No.
Nader sided with the far-right on Schiavo.
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seattleblue Donating Member (437 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:39 PM
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4. Ahhh the Schiavo purity test! I forgot.
Who is your perfect candidate? Just so we can pick him/her apart.
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BolivarianHero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:56 PM
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6. To be honest?
Of anyone who holds federal or state-wide office, Bernie Sanders or Dennis Kucinich. I'd give the edge to Sanders because Kucinich had issues with abortion rights in the past.

My issue with Nader has nothing to do with 2000 or with Al Gore. There are two areas where Democrats are just as much to blame as Republicans. One is the War on Drugs, and the other is America's broken electoral system. If prominent Democratic politicians had made any effort to fix issues with ballot access, first-past-the-post, and the Electoral College, attacking Nader from this angle would have some credibility.

As for Nader, his past relationship with the Green Party, which receives money from prominent Republicans, and Schiavo are both substantial issues to me.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:02 PM
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7. I have over 3 decades of support for DK, but, I supported him in spite of his prolife and
anti flag-burning positions and a few other matters where he voted with Republicans because I always felt in his heart he was more liberal. The last 6 years he has come very close to being that liberal lawmaker I always maintained was inside of him.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Aug-12-10 12:35 PM
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17. point being that DK's overall record put him to the right of John Kerry in 2003.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:27 PM
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12. DK stayed in the race all the way to the convention in '04.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 05:54 PM
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5. Liberals also support open and accountable government Based on ACTUAL records and not just rhetoric
Edited on Wed Aug-11-10 05:57 PM by blm
it's easy....John Kerry.
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:06 PM
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8. Carol Moseley Braun - just in case anyone forgot about her.
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:08 PM
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9. I think OP specified "major candidates"
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ThomWV Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:24 PM
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11. In what Universe was she any less of a candidate than those she debated on National TV?
She was twice the candidate that the rest of those clowns were.
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tritsofme Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:29 PM
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14. They invite lots of minor candidates to the early debates.
Mostly for the humor I think.
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:13 PM
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15. Ridiculous assertion. She was an OK senator, but had no significant accomplishments as Senator
that would catapult her to being twice the candidate of the 'rest of those clowns' as posted.
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MH1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 06:12 PM
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10. of presidential nominees, easily John Kerry
of any who had any real chance of becoming the nominee (sorry, that leaves out DK), I still think Kerry. Some here would argue for Dean, but it probably depends how you define 'liberal'. Kerry has a long track record of supporting foundational liberal issues such as clean elections and environmental issues. Gore was also very good on environment (obviously) but I think he is less liberal in other areas.
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LWolf Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 07:29 PM
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13. Primary candidate?
DK, Dean, or Moseley-Braun. You can find more liberal candidates in primary races.

In general elections?

If you discount 3rd party candidates as "not major," it would be John Kerry.
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Liberal_in_LA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Aug-11-10 08:13 PM
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16. hey! where's the poll?
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