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Do you think political candidates should be required to let voters know where they stand on the issues?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 28, 2004

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Photo of Joe Wilson

“It would be really nice if they made their views known to the public, especially if people ask. I really do think that it should be required.”

Photo of Jason Clark

“Sure. They’re representing the people. How are you going to vote for someone when you don’t know what they stand for?”

Photo of Lindsey Harvell

“Yes, but in a debate setting. At some point before the election they need to tell people their views on all the issues. People need to hear it straight from the candidate.”

Photo of Ryan Bush

“Yes. It sounds like kind of a gimme. Candidates shouldn’t get a bye on anything that they will decide on while they are in office.”

Comments

mrcairo 10 years, 2 months ago

Where THEY stand? Where THEY stand?

I thought they were elected to represent the People who voted for them.

Hi_Jinks 10 years, 2 months ago

No! I think candidates should be able to keep who they are and what they REALLY stand for A DEEP, DARK SECRET UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION! (Isn't that what most of them do anyway?)

craigers 10 years, 2 months ago

I just listened to that webpage and that was awesome. Good information to know.

mr_daniels 10 years, 2 months ago

Tamara hits the game winning home run! Pow! Deep to RIGHT Field!

Tamara 10 years, 2 months ago

I believe that as a political canidate they are required to publicly announce thier views, however, not change thier minds five or six times, that just shows instability. coughJohn Kerrycough

nicegirl 10 years, 2 months ago

This is a dumb question. If you ask any political candidate, he will tell you that he has stated where he stands on issues. Isn't that the point of political campaigns? Not that every candidate is crystal clear on his stance but how would anyone enforce the clarity of their beliefs?

jonas 10 years, 2 months ago

What I find really sad is that it can even be percieved as necessary to ASK this question. If you listened to the pundits and the party hacks this election cycle, you'd think we were smack in the middle of the late 60's and early 70's.

/depressing

LC 10 years, 2 months ago

If you'll notice, this is the question of the day because it relates to a story in today's paper.

http://www.ljworld.com/section/election04/story/182788

That one, to be exact.

Funnybone 10 years, 2 months ago

I agree. They should keep it secret for as long as they can and then when they get into office, then they can let people know whether they are for them or not. Is this the best we can do in asking questions for opinion polls!!!

Larry 10 years, 2 months ago

In the history of our elections, no one has flip flopped like Kerry. Have your sound up as this commercial starts as soon as the webpage loads.

Have a nice one! Good post Mr.Cairo!

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Larry 10 years, 2 months ago

No one has flip flopped like Kerry in the history of the elections. Have your sound up as this commercial starts as soon as the webpage loads.

Have a nice one! Good post Mr.Cairo!

http://johnkerryads.websiteanimal.com/

David Ryan 10 years, 2 months ago

Gimme a break.

Y'all are parrots, apparently, spewing the flip-flop line.

How many times has Bush tried to come up with a justification for the war that took American troops off the hunt for bin Laden, who's still alive? 23.

That's 23 flips and flops.

Y'all need to take some thinking pills, apparently.

It's so sad to see my fellow citizens being duped.

A mind is such a terrible thing to waste.

mdecoste 10 years, 2 months ago

Good one davidryan!!! If they say it often enough, they have people believing it is true!!! I change my mind when I get more facts and learn the truth--that is called education! As for the candidates stating how they feel about every issue, I think some of it should wait for the debates and also they should vote in office how they people they represent feel, not their own personnal viewpoint on the issue.

Larry 10 years, 2 months ago

Good grief Davidryan - did you actually listen to that webpage? It is unbelieveable how many times Kerry has flip flopped and you set there and say it is Bush doing the flip flopping. Are you sane? Do you have the intelligence of a kindergarten? You remind me of an elementary age child who only votes as his parents do because he is unable to think for himself. Only the media is doing your thinking for you rather than your parents. It is a sad day in America when people let the media think for themselves. Mdecoste - Bush will destroy Kerry in the debates. In fact, Bush doesn't even need to show up because Kerry could debate himself for hours upon hours.

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