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Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:47 PM

 

I have never voted for a GOPer in my life. What Republican would you every vote for?

We don't have good republicans here in NY.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:49 PM

1. You must be young. Nixon is liberal by today's DLC standards n/t

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:55 PM

4. Nixon was not as right-wing as they are today. He was pro choice.

 

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Response to leftstreet (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:56 PM

5. Nixon was a deranged, bigoted crook and if he were alive and active in today's GOP

 

you can bet he'd be sucking up to the tea party.

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Response to cali (Reply #5)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:28 PM

63. Wasn't he the architect of the Southern Strategy, too?

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Response to CheapShotArtist (Reply #63)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:30 PM

70. yes he was.

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:52 PM

2. Abraham Lincoln

 

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Response to EasyGirl (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:12 PM

10. That was the first name that came to mind, but I sort of like T.R.'s trust-busting.

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Response to HereSince1628 (Reply #10)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:46 PM

54. TR was QUITE a character

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:54 PM

3. Abe Lincoln, maybe...

...unless there was a GOP majority in Congress.

There is no such thing as a 'good' Republican, and 'BanTheGOP's' tagline, "Until it is banned, the Republican party is, has been, and always will be, America's Ultimate Hate Crime against Humanity," fits nicely here.

The Conservatives are nothing but a legalized group of criminals and need to be marginalized, to say the least.

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Response to joycejnr (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:59 PM

7. Jim Jeffords was a good republican before he quit the party

 

and I voted for him- along with most of the liberals and progressives in Vermont.

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Response to cali (Reply #7)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:18 PM

13. I always liked him.

 

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Response to joycejnr (Reply #3)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:48 PM

55. WOW

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 12:59 PM

6. Pete McCloskey

Dude always had my respect. Oh, wait, he's now a Democrat

In the spring of 2007, McCloskey announced that he had changed his party affiliation to the Democratic Party. In an email and letter to the Tracy Press, McCloskey stressed that the "new brand of Republicanism" had finally led him to abandon the party that he had joined in 1948. He followed this up with an op-ed column in which he explained that "Disagreement (with party leadership) turned into disgust" and "I finally concluded that it was fraud for me to remain a member of this modern Republican Party", although it was a "decision not easily taken."

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:00 PM

8. Do Blue Dog Democrats count?

 

If so, then my vote for Zell Miller as Governor of Georgia.

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Response to Glitterati (Reply #8)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:19 PM

14. I would count that my friend.

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #14)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:46 PM

19. Sadly, me too

 

Talk about a wasted vote!

Did you know that Zell Miller was the politician who introduced James Carville to Bill Clinton?

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Response to Glitterati (Reply #19)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:54 PM

23. I did know that I remember that Jam,es Carville asked for his donation back from miller.

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #23)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:05 PM

27. Thankfully

 

I was too poor to make a donation!

My daughter recently had the Young Harris college recruiting her.

I told her no way in hell was she going to Zell Miller land for ANYTHING. Especially, NOT a college education.

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Response to Glitterati (Reply #27)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:18 PM

35. good for you my friend. Is he still a jerk or has he mellowed out?

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #35)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:43 PM

52. I think he just took his dementia back to Young Harris

 

Haven't heard from him in a while.

Thank goodness!

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:00 PM

9. I'd vote for Teddy Roosevelt over the corporate hacks we have today. n/t

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:13 PM

11. I proudly voted for Nancy Kassebaum

She was a good republican, back when we had a few good ones. But they are all gone now.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:15 PM

12. Olympia Snow maybe.

I don't know much about her except that she makes a lot of RWers rapid. So, she can't be too bad.

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Response to Kalidurga (Reply #12)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:20 PM

15. I like her better than susan collins the other gop senator from ME

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Reply #15)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:26 PM

16. I thought about her, but she does seem to haul the GOP line in a lot of areas.

She seems reasonable though, votes with Snow on a lot of issues. But, when she speaks she sounds like a Republican to me.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:41 PM

17. I could probably support Jon Huntsman

I don't agree with him on everything by any stretch of the imagination, but he is actually sane and by all accounts a good man. It seems he is someone who would actually put the country first. He comes from a similar background as Romney in some ways (from a wealthy Mormon family) but he largely made his own path and refused large-scale infusion of his family's wealth into his 2012 campaign.

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Response to tarheelsunc (Reply #17)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:48 PM

56. good call

I looked at the GOP promary process and kept thinking to myself, Huntsman seems like the only repub in the bunch who comes across as sane, willing to reach across the aisle, not willing to pander to tea party types, which means he had absolutely zero chance to get the GOP nomination.

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Response to tarheelsunc (Reply #17)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 09:28 PM

86. I agree.

During the Republican primaries Huntsman was the only one I thought I could live with.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:45 PM

18. Rockefeller & Lindsay were liberal republicans....

but they don't exist anymore....I think Chafee in NH comes the closest.

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Response to Historic NY (Reply #18)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:56 PM

24. Chafee is the governor of I think RI or NH now. He is an Independent.

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:47 PM

20. Alan Alda...

If Arnie Vinnick ever runs for office, he's got my vote.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:49 PM

21. Another for Teddy Roosevelt.

 

nt

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 01:52 PM

22. The only Republican I ever voted for

was a County Attorney(equivalent of a district attorney). He was a Republican on the ballot, but really, its one of those offices where the partisanship generally doesn't matter or come into play. I knew him personally, he was actually fairly moderate, and pretty much is supported by both the Republican and Democratic county party's. But beyond that... I could stand John Hunstman representing me, I could deal with a Barry Goldwater type person- who at least isn't stuck to the hip with a bunch of hyper-religious fanatical nonsense.

I'm trying to think of a Republican I could name now that I would vote for.... Oh, I could stand voting for a Susan Collins or Olympia Snowe- but even then, I'd probably vote for the person with a D next to their name for the control of the legislative body. <_^

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Response to cecilfirefox (Reply #22)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:01 PM

25. My GOP state senator is a longtime family friend.He is great at constituent services, but he votes..

 

... like a conservative. So in the end i never voted for him even though for several elections he had no opponent. 2 years ago he had an opponent that got 35% of the vote. This year he has a real opponent, and I hope he beats my old friend.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:03 PM

26. They are Hell's own dingbats here in Kentucky

There are none I would vote for here in Kentucky. Think Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul and you get the two varieties of dangerous dumbass Rethuglicans here.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:06 PM

28. I volunteered for the campaign of a pro-choice Republican who was for Marriage Equality...

... and running against an anti-gay Democrat for State Rep.

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Response to Ian David (Reply #28)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:21 PM

36. That happens sometimes here in ny. The dem is anti-gay and the goper is not.

 

not often but it happens

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:09 PM

29. I tried to once.

My very first presidential vote. My father marched me to the courthouse. Luckily it was a butterfly ballot. It didn't seem right just punching one little hole so I punched them all on that page and thus negated my vote. All my votes.

By the time the next election rolled around I had wised up.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:09 PM

30. Ike.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:14 PM

31. Dwight Eisenhower....

Of course, I was too young to vote during Eisenhower's presidency, but in today's republican party he'd be a flaming liberal. In truth, I probably wouldn't vote for him because I distrust ex-generals as civilian presidents on principle, but for the most part his actual presidency was a much higher point in American government than most recent administrations.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #31)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:42 PM

51. Really? Against Adlai Stevenson?

 

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Response to WinkyDink (Reply #51)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:43 PM

53. actually, I wasn't thinking about the context of past elections...

...only about republicans who would be palatable TODAY.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:17 PM

32. I voted for 1 Republican in my entire adult life & I've been voting since 1976

Rep. Paul Henry who tragically died of a malignant brain tumor after serving several terms in congress. RIP Paul. I'm sure he'd be a Democrat now. His family are all campaigning for Steve Pestka to try to defeat that despicable bagger Justin Amash.

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Response to catbyte (Reply #32)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:22 PM

38. what district and state are you in?

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:18 PM

33. Rather go Blind

I never have, nor never will I ever vote for a Republican, although there have been one or so I have admired. I just can't digest their philosophy, since they go against everything I believe in.

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Response to dgraz007 (Reply #33)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:21 PM

37. I understand.

 

And welcome to DU!

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Response to dgraz007 (Reply #33)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:23 PM

39. Thank you for posting and welcome to DU!

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:18 PM

34. In CA I voted for Tom Campbell (R) --

 

for Senate over DiFi simply because she refused to debate her GOP contender -- I found that appallingly arrogant and dismissive on her part. I think that is the sole GOPer I have ever voted for.

That said, ff my choice were between a northeastern moderate GOPer and a southern Blue Dog, my most likely choice would be the former.

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Response to Hell Hath No Fury (Reply #34)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:24 PM

41. I agree unless it was chafee. i would vote for chafee.

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:24 PM

40. I voted for William Weld. Once.

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Response to JenniferJuniper (Reply #40)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:26 PM

43. He ran for Governor of NY in 2006.

 

he droped out of the gop primary race after the state convention. He endorsed Obama in 2008 i think.

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Response to JenniferJuniper (Reply #40)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:29 PM

44. Me too!

Weld vs Silber? I went with Weld. I voted against Ed King also, went with Frank Hatch.

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Response to DonViejo (Reply #44)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:39 PM

47. Yep.

Couldn't tolerate either Silber or King.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:25 PM

42. John Warner may have been the last of the moderates who believed in principle over party

Warner was appalled that Oliver North was in a position to possibly be elected Senator. He sponsored/supported an independent bid by Norm Coleman (who was a Republican) who managed to siphon enough votes that Chuck Robb squeaked by to win reelection in Virginia.

Warner was challenged for the nomination when he was up for re-election a few years later, had most of the state Republican party actively campaiging for his primary opponent and still managed to win the nomination thanks to Dems that crossed over during the primary.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:32 PM

45. I wrote to Mark Grisanti

before the Marriage Equality Vote. It was a fairly long email and I quoted Mildred Loving's statement on gay marriage. He wrote back to me, personally, not a form response. This really surprised me since I am sure all those Republican State Senators were swamped with calls and emails.

He basically said that although his religion was against gay marriage, as an attorney representing all people, he had to put aside his religion and vote based on the latter. Sane?

I have only voted 2 times (I'm 64) for a Republican in my life, as an Independent. Gerald Ford and George Patakai. "Fool me once" applies there.

If you think NY Republicans are not "good", move to Florida. You will learn very quickly what INSANE really means.







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Response to HockeyMom (Reply #45)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:40 PM

48. You are correct. i should sometimes remember they are not the same as southern gopers.

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:35 PM

46. Charlie Crist

"I didn't leave the Republican Party." "The Republican Party left me." He is an Independent now, AND campaigning for OBAMA.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:41 PM

49. None. Zero. Zip. If they were THAT good, they'd have changed Party affiliation.

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:41 PM

50. OK, you caught me (really red-faced)

I voted for Reagan in the 2nd term. At that time I voted for the man not the party. Although I nearly always voted for the Democrat. Since then I have only voted for Dems.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:49 PM

57. Lincoln, Eisenhower--none currently living that I can think of

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:51 PM

58. I hate voting for a Republicans, but

In a local race, I'm voting for a repub because I know the Dem, and I can't stand her. She's a lying, back stabbing ass, and I would only vote for her if she was running to pick up excrement.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 02:56 PM

59. Quite a while back I voted for Olympia Snowe when

I lived in Maine. This was way before the Republicans went off the deep end.

It is really weird, I had a whole different viewpoint of the Republican Party when I lived in Maine then the way I have come to view them living in Oklahoma. People who live in states that are not red states do not see just how crazy the Republican Party can be.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:08 PM

60. JOHN HEINZ, PA

Looking back I would have voted for him, can't remember who I voted for instead of him. Probably was a straight Democratic party vote. I can't believe John Heinz was in the same party of Pat Toomey, sen. now from PA.

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Response to life long demo (Reply #60)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 04:27 PM

67. Many of us here in Pittsburgh think that…

…had Heinz not been killed in the mid-air collision in 1991, he would've run for President in 1996, likely winning the GOP nod as a centrist by today's standards.

You have to remember that when Heinz died, Bush the Smarter was riding at an all-time high in the polls after Desert Storm. Re-election looked certain for him in 1992. The 1996 election was but a parlor game for the political wonks. Given the choice between Heinz and Quayle for President, all the smart money would've supported Heinz.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:09 PM

61. Edward W. Brooke

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:15 PM

62. Bill Cohen.

He's an honorable man who places Country over Party, I think.

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Response to bluedigger (Reply #62)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:44 PM

75. I like him too.

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:43 PM

64. Regarding Republicans I may have supported,

there's Eisenhower, Lincoln, and maybe Jon Huntsman.
Yes, Lincoln did see Blacks as scum and was hesitant about freeing the slaves, but he at least did what was moral and made slavery illegal.
I'm a big fan of Eisenhower's 90% tax rate on millionaires. There's another Republican who did what was in the country's best interest as a whole. He knew that those were the people who could afford to pay extra in taxes in order to keep the country afloat. All of that revenue was spent towards things like infrastructure and funding working class programs. Good luck finding a Republican today who would even agree to raise the top income tax rate to 40%.
Finally, we have Huntsman. He was arguably the most liberal Republican from the 2012 GOP primaries, and at least valued science and secularism unlike his GOP compadres. I also liked his stance regarding both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:45 PM

65. Sideshow Bob

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 03:55 PM

66. Linconln, Grant, Hayes, Garfield

 

The Democratic Party was still against civil rights for African Americans and didn't improve much until FDR.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 04:31 PM

68. I might vote for Chuck Hagel under certain circumstances.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 04:32 PM

69. Jon Huntsman...

If I were a Republican voting in the primaries.

However, being an Independent in Maryland, that isn't going to happen.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:35 PM

71. I tried to vote for bloomberg once but i could not do it.

 

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:36 PM

72. Would I? None. Have I? Sadly, yes.

My first election in 1980 I was a zero information voter.

I got better.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:38 PM

73. i voted for the gop establishment challenger against an incumbent teabagger in our state house race

no democrat is running and our union endorsed the non crazy. so i actually voted in their primary.

btw - our republican won.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:39 PM

74. One thing to consider is the fact that a candidate never runs for office in a vacuum.

There have been Republicans I have admired in my voting lifetime, like Sen. John Heinz for instance.

If Heinz had lived, and run for president in 1996 - a definite possibility - I would have had to vote against him, even though I think he may have been a good president at a different, theoretical, point in time.



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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:48 PM

76. Former MI governor William Milliken. He was a centrist who pissed off fellow repubs

by working with former Detroit mayor Coleman Young.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:49 PM

77. I voted for a Republican for Congress in Idaho. He was running against Helen Chenoweth in the

primary. He was kind of an ass but a home town guy and I was friends with his son. That's pretty much what it takes for me.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:52 PM

78. Maybe Senator Snowe...n/t

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:52 PM

79. I can't think of any that are currently alive...as for the dead...

Definately Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt.

Maybe Eisenhower. I might have said Nelson Rockefeller but not since I learned he destroyed a Diego Rivera mural he had commissioned for Rockefeller Center because Rivera put Marx and Lenin in it.

I really can't think of anyone else. Certainly not any members of the current crop.

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Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:52 PM

80. I would vote for Abraham Lincoln

And Teddy Roosevelt.

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Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:53 PM

81. I voted for John Warner for senate

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Tue Oct 9, 2012, 08:54 PM

82. A former governor of MN (1991-99), Arne Carlson, wasn't bad.

Pretty reasonable, moderate guy. The GOP now considers him apostate and heretical; he endorsed Obama.

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Tue Oct 9, 2012, 09:07 PM

83. Bob LaFollette

back before he split off with the Progressive Party.

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Tue Oct 9, 2012, 09:12 PM

84. Abraham Lincoln. Like the old saying goes, he was the two great Republican presidents.

The first one, and also the last one.

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Tue Oct 9, 2012, 09:13 PM

85. Sheriff Nocco

I'm voting for Chris Nocco as Sheriff of Pasco County. He's a proud Republican, but he gets the job done.

I have a few other Republicans on my ballot, just not for POTUS.

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Response to hrmjustin (Original post)

Tue Oct 9, 2012, 09:53 PM

87. ike,percy,anderson,and oh shit .....

every republican i would vote for if they were alive today are dead.

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