...I know it's wierd, but there are only two candidates who say what they think and have the guts to be honest about it... and they're both Republicans.icedsushi wrote: I think candidates are getting more and more cowardly about taking a clear stance on any isssues as time goes on. Everyone is less and less going out on a limb to state a clear stance on isssues out of fear of alienating potential voters. Because of this, the average voter has less and less idea what the person is all about. When election day comes around it ends up causing them to just pull a straight party vote instead of voting for the person (because it's too vague what the person really stands for anymore...)
Rudy Guiliani and Ron Paul.
Everybody here seems to know about Paul's take on things, but Guiliani also has the balls to say what he actually thinks. For instance, a surge in Afghanistan;
His honesty is the reason that the religious element in the republicans doesn't like him; he's open about his stance on abortion, divorce, etc.
Personally, I hope Guiliani wins it all. He's a results guy. America has an impossible task ahead of it. So far, of all the candidates on both major parties, Guiliani is the only one who's accomplished the impossible; he cleaned up New York. In the 80's, that was a Herculean task, and he did it.
Ron Paul is a little to unrealistic about his Isolationist stance. Pulling a turtle will not make the US safer, and will only further endanger US allies worldwide... Though most of Europe, Developed Asia and Canada are generally a bunch of ungrateful freeloaders on the US's contributions to world stability... But that's a post for another time.