Issues or Oprah?

With election season in full swing, it seems like everyone is discussing why they will or will not vote for each candidate. Over the past month, Iíve heard countless remarks about each of the candidates, and while I enjoy hearing different opinions, I laugh at some of the reasons people give for choosing to vote for or against a particular candidate.

Many of the reasons have little to do with a candidateís actual political views and more to do with biological traits. Hillary Clinton is at the top of the list when it comes to candidate-bashing, not because of her stance on healthcare reform or border control, but because sheís a she. Iíve heard more comments on what Hillary chooses to wear to a debate than how her answers stacked up to the competition. If she seems a little emotional, the media and voters alike jump on that fact, suggesting she is on the verge of a breakdown. How many times have you heard anyone suggest that any other political candidate was on the verge of a breakdown? I canít remember a single time.

What I find even more annoying is the countless comments people make about Bill Clinton. Yes he does play a role, but he isnít the one running. Choosing to vote for or against a candidate based solely on who their spouse is seems petty. I donít know anything about the other candidatesí spouses, and it probably wouldnít influence my vote if I did.

With Barack Obama, the primary concern seems to be based on his race and his religious beliefs, mostly those that people make up. Because his name sounds like it could be Arabic, people automatically assume he is a Muslim terrorist. The fact of the matter is, if his name was John Smith, the suggestion of Muslim roots never would have been brought up.

Oprah is the big name in the Obama Campaign, and again, I have to wonder why she should play any role when voters choose a candidate. A lot of people choose to read books that she picks out, so maybe they should choose the candidates she likes too.

John McCain is leading the Republican charge, and most of the criticism aimed at him is due to the fact that his views are too middle-of-the-road. What makes McCain appealing to independents also makes him vulnerable to criticism from the rest of his party.

His age is another factor that seems to get more attention than any of his political views.

Iím glad that people are discussing political candidates and taking an active role in deciding who the next President of the United States will be. People seem to be interested in politics more now than I have seen in the past years, but I wish the media and the public would start focusing more on the political issues than who Chuck Norris and Oprah Winfrey choose to support, because in the end, itís the issues that matter.

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