A couple of friends of mine have recently asked me who I’m voting for in the Presidential Preference Primary. The truth is, I still don’t know.
Here is what I know so far (Yes, I’m a Republican.):
I’ve been interested in Hizzonor for some time. I like some of his positions on issues, and the fact that he’s not a cheerleader for the socially conservative side of the party. He’s probably the front runner.
I like Mike. His persona and charisma make him an interesting choice. He almost fits the “Have a Beer” test, except that he doesn’t drink alcohol. I just don’t know if I like some of his ideas, especially on taxes and immigration. I’m pretty sure I’m not voting for Huckabee.
In 2000, despite being out the race by the time Florida voted, I voted for McCain. It’s not that I didn’t like President Bush, rather I wanted to show my preference for politicians who talk straight. He since left his “Straight Talk” persona, and his running on experience. Thus, I don’t think he will get my vote a second time.
Yes, I realize that Paul has no chance in this race. But I have to say, I am — more than anything — a laissez-faire, libertarian at heart. I managed to catch an interview with Ron Paul recently, and I really like what he has to say about the role of government. In an era of soundbites and 30-second commercials, Ron Paul’s philosophical debates just don’t get the airtime they should. His combination of economic freedom and social freedom is very appealing. He’s under very strong consideration.
Mitt is the only candidate I have had the chance to see in person thus far. Although he looks the part, perhaps more than any other candidate, he doesn’t come across as genuine. Maybe I’m falling for negative politics, but his flip-flopping only makes that worse. I know I’m not voting for Romney.
Like many, I eagerly awaited his entry into the race. Like many, I have been disappointed. According to the GlassBooth Candidate Matching Quiz*, Thompson best matches my positions on issues, at about 74%. Which is what I thought would be the case. And he does seem to be the most Reagan-esque. He’s still on my watch list — if he’s in the race after South Carolina.
*Hat Tip to Political Safari for the Candidate Quiz.
Thankfully, I have three more weeks to make up my mind. Although, I will probably be voting early. I’m paying much more attention to the race now, so I know I will arrive at a decision soon.
Still, if anyone has reasons why should vote for someone, let me know. (Please, only pro-candidate comments; no anti-candidate comments.) Thanks!!