Monday, August 18, 2008

Our Candidate's

John McCain- The US Senator from Arizona serving from 1987. A POW in Vietnam, ran from president in 2000, was asked by John Kerry to be his running mate. In 2002 his voting record was 6 most liberal of republicans. By 2005, he was the 3ed most Conservative. Wrote the book "Faith of My Fathers" that was made into a movie. Was named one of Times "25 most influential people" in 1997. If elected, he will be the country's oldest president at age 72. Strong supporter of Bush and the current war. He is married to Cindy, has 7 children and 4 grandchildren.

Barack Obama-Current jr US Senator from Illinois. Has lived all over the world, schooled in Hawaii, went to college at Columbia and then Harvard, majoring in Political science. Taught constitutional law. In 1996 was elected to state senate. Listed as one of Times "Worlds most influential people". He is married with 2 daughters.

Its funny, as I type this I notice I have much less to write under the "Barack Obama" heading than I do under the "John McCain" heading. I think part of it is that Barack is young, there really just isn't that much history behind him, which could be a problem. He is also very "out there". The media loves this guy, so I feel like he is better known in general. One of the things Barack has going for him is his ability to use technology to further his cause. He pod casts and blogs, he is publishing a book about his politics, he is very with the times. On the other hand, there seems to be a much better feeling of being "rooted" in John McCain.

I don't know who I am voting for. Frankly, I don't love either of our top two choices and don't like the fact it is pretty much narrowed to 2 choices. I choose to believe that there is a person out there who is un-sullied by politics with a great plan for America, but since he is the little guy, he will never be seen or voted for. I don't have a clue how to fix this, but, as I am sure you assumed, there is more to come.


Jen Honeycutt said...

Did you catch the CNN broadcast on Saturday night of the candidates talking with Rick Warren at Saddleback Church? Here is a link to the transcripts:
Matt and I taped it and watched it yesterday. I agreed with a lot of Obama's ideas (surprise, surprise), but I know that the big issue for most Christians is the abortion issue, which is a hard one.
I liked how Obama thoughtfully responded to each of Rick Warren's questions while McCain just gave quick, pat answers and then just told a million L-O-N-G stories.
I agree that neither of them are excellent choices, though!

Denise said...

As of yet I have not seen the debate at Saddleback but I do know who I am not voting for.

I will admit I am simple minded but I cannot stand before my God when He chooses to take me home and say that I supported a murderer of His innocent children.

I cannot stand before my God when He chooses to take me home and say that I supported a man who supported perversion and denied God's plan of one man and one woman. Nope, can't do that.

Call me simple minded but I don't believe a perverse murderer can successfully lead our country. So, guess who I'm not voting for.

Denise said...

Correction---I should not have called Obaman (oh, I just gave away who I'm not voting for) a murderer. I have no idea if he's murdered anyone or not but he does support murder in the guise of a women's choice.

Okay, I feel better for clearing that up.

Oh, and yes, there's been more perverse supporters of murder leading our country and I think that's why we are where we are today.

Pax, Ash and Noelle said...

I'm glad you posted this, Gretchen. If you did not catch the Saddleback interview, you can actually watch the whole thing on Both candidates were long-winded in various ways (they ARE politicians after all), so reading it might be more of a chore than it would be informative. Side-note, McCain's answers were shorter on enough questions that Warren was able to squeeze in a few that Obama didn't have time to answer. Anyway, I agree that there's no super-exciting choice this election. I, too, wish that regular guy with good answers would run...