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Who did you vote for in the 1988 presidential election?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 30, 2007

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“Dukakis. I don’t always vote Democrat, but I thought he was more in line with what I wanted to see put forth on the agenda for the country.”

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“Dukakis. I’m a Democrat and didn’t like Bush when he was running with Reagan.”

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“Bush, because he lived in Texas, and us Texans have to stick together. It’s God’s country.”

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“I voted for our featured guest speaker. I can’t imagine ever voting for a member of the Bush family.”

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devieh 6 years, 4 months ago

to those of you who believe that the Republican (GOP) and the Democratic parties have any differences......wake up.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?tab=main&bill=h110-1955 house resolution 1955

Violent Radicalization and Homegrown Terrorism Prevention Act of 2007

they all voted for this or didn't vote at all (there were 6 nays)

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Magpie 6 years, 4 months ago

I was a 2nd grader wearing turquoise pants and a side ponytail. Even then I knew that Bush was a bad idea.

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Agnostick 6 years, 4 months ago

bearded_fascist, better a libertarian than a social conservative any day. Social conservatives and theocrats are just a different form of fascism. The swastika on the armband is replaced by the crucifix, but the uniform and the goose-stepping is the same.

Do I favor the legalization of drugs? Not entirely--but after watching my sister-in-law struggle with cancer several years ago, and hearing about the relief she got from medically-prescribed marijuana, that is one thing I definitely support. Cocaine, heroin and meth are a different story. I do not support their legalization.

The 9/11 attacks were not caused by Americans. Americans were not hijacking and flying jetliners into buildings that day. Those were terrorists. However, Paul is correct in that those terrorists were at least partly motivated by bad foreign policy choices.

I take great pleasure in the fact that Ron Paul is upsetting people like you, bearded_fascist. It will be interesting to watch your Hate Machine crank into production, should Ron Paul score significant numbers in the early primaries.

I'll be donating to his campaign on the 16th. I'd encourage others to do the same, if you're tired of Repulicrats, Demicans... and neoconservative fascism.

Agnostick agnostick@excite.com http://www.uscentrist.org http://www.americanplan.org

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rockchalk42 6 years, 4 months ago

Greenspan ... now that is a viable candidate ... he should run with that African American woman that does the news on PBS and hosts the presidential debates ... Gwen Ifill (thank you wikipedia)

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Mkh 6 years, 4 months ago

"so, I gather by your vague smear you favor, along with ronpaul, the legalization of drugs? blame america for 9-11. further, in the polls, ronpauliacs are in the 5% range. yes, they are vocal, but many are like MKH, being wacked out conspiracy believers like the guy who held hostages at sHrillary's new hampshire HQ."

Oh yes, the lament of the ignorant. Just because you cannot understand history and politics doesn't mean everything is a "conspiracy theory" gnome. You are in complete denial within your world of naive obedience. The CFR is real. The North American Union is real....get a clue. You are a fake conservative allowing American Liberty to be stolen. You and the rest of the pro-war fake conservative "Christians" have the blood of untold thousands on your hands. Sleep well.

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bearded_gnome 6 years, 4 months ago

once again, poor little aggie engages in a poorly aimed and meaningless vague smear. why does she/he/it even try?

some of the things which ronpaul has said are very seriously flawed. I do agree with a few of his constitutional points, but he is definitely more libertarian than social conservative.

so, I gather by your vague smear you favor, along with ronpaul, the legalization of drugs? blame america for 9-11. further, in the polls, ronpauliacs are in the 5% range. yes, they are vocal, but many are like MKH, being wacked out conspiracy believers like the guy who held hostages at sHrillary's new hampshire HQ.

Some officials speculated that the man may have the flares strapped to his body. A friend of the family said that the man thought that there was a government conspiracy and that government officials were "coming after him," the station reported.

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jonas 6 years, 4 months ago

"Satin and Cheney in 08:is that "Satin the material, Satin the faux superheroine?"

I don't know, I've thought it would be strangely appropriate at some point to sport a bumper sticker to the effect of Palpatine/Amedda '08. A Stronger and More Secure Republic.

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juscin3 6 years, 4 months ago

http://www.infowars.com

They have informatin about Ron Paul. I am voting for him. In 1988, I didn't vote. I really didn't know much about politics, just fresh out of high school.

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hawklet21 6 years, 4 months ago

I didn't vote, because I was just over 1 year old. I did find it funny that Patt is praising Texas, yet he is flanked by Kansas shirts.

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Richard Heckler 6 years, 4 months ago

NOT the Bush family of criminals....Prescott,GHW,GW and the savings and loan scammer NEIL. Money scamming kinda like the sub prime fiasco under GW.

Dukakis of course.

Voting party line might = not paying too close attention = GW twice

No doubt I voted for Dukakis and Nancy Kassebaum in 1988 cuz in my mind they were the best choices in spite of representing both sides of the aisle.

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DirtyLinen 6 years, 4 months ago

"While I'm on the subject, I wonder if people still say that voting for a Democrat will cause our nation to go to war."

Just to lose one...

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Agnostick 6 years, 4 months ago

Something about the Constitution bothering you, bearded_fascist? :)

Must scare the poop out of you that somebody like Ron Paul appeals to so many people...

--Ag

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consumer1 6 years, 4 months ago

It doesn't matter who you vote for, the system is corrupt.

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bearded_gnome 6 years, 4 months ago

MSC, my dear friend, fortunately it is only american citizens who vote for the american president. and, that is a good thing looking at most governments of the world.

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bearded_gnome 6 years, 4 months ago

Dukakis was a loser, born to be voted for by losers - he's from Massachusetts, home of Ted Kennedy. That's why he lost. He also looked gay in his army tank crash helmet.

-- LOL


answer OTS question: it was a secret ballot, but anyone who reads my posts would probably guess GHWB...FGS.


Satin and Cheney in 08...is that "Satin the material, Satin the faux superheroine? besides, according to the lunatic fringies, cheney already is satan anyway. the cheney impersonator on the Clinton News Network's Youtube debate the other night was pathetic!


finally, gyroduck illustrates well the nutbags supporting ronpaul. ronpauliacs believe the way he does. free pot, eh?

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bennyoates 6 years, 4 months ago

Michael Dukakis, and I would proudly vote for him again.

His talk with Representative Ballard last night at Dole Center showcased two of the best public servants of my lifetime. Dukakis was witty, smart, and passionate about his dedication to our country.

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ndmoderate 6 years, 4 months ago

Good points, ontheotherhand...

ms_canada, I'm with you on the cold weather! -16 wind chill this fine morning in Fargo!

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ontheotherhand 6 years, 4 months ago

ndmoderate (Anonymous) says: Yeah, I was only 10 as well. But I remember our school having a mock election, and the 100 or so elementary kids in little Grand Mound, Iowa voted for Dukakis:mostly because 10 year-old kids dig tanks.


Well, Dukakis lost, but the kiddies got their wish: lots of big tanks courtesy of Bush Sr and Iraq War I. Little did they know that they would learn lots more about tanks in their 20s and 30s . . . While I'm on the subject, I wonder if people still say that voting for a Democrat will cause our nation to go to war.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 4 months ago

Dang. A man with an apparent bomb strapped to his chest has taken hostages at Hillary's NH campaign office. Obama's office four doors down has been evacuated, and so has John Edward's office.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071130/ap_on_re_us/clinton_office_hostages

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bobberboy 6 years, 4 months ago

Billy Carter didn't help either.

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Agnostick 6 years, 4 months ago

Those Neocons are a determined bunch, God love 'em! Getting a bit desperate, though...

http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/11/30/clinton.office/index.html

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 4 months ago

"Jimmy Carter was not an idiot. His presidency was a casualty of the times."- thomgreen

Can GWB use the same excuse?

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sunflower_sue 6 years, 4 months ago

um, lemme see, I was 20! Old enough to vote but not old enough to care! Actually, at the time of the election, I would have been dating this really gorgeous hunk of a boy-man (future hubby) for about 3 weeks. I'm quite sure, he was probably all I was thinking about...excuse me while I go splash myself with cold water!

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preebo 6 years, 4 months ago

Actually, being raised in a completely republican household in the Mecca of conservatism, Orange County, California, I was indoctrinated with Bush/Quayle and actually helped make placards (I was 9 yrs old.) for an event my Grandparents were attending.

...while this might hurt my progressive credentials, it is important to know that every election in which I was able to vote in I have voted Democratic (Gore, Kerry, and ???).

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dajudge 6 years, 4 months ago

I won't vote for anyone with two first names. It's too pope-like. We must maintain the separation.

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thomgreen 6 years, 4 months ago

Jimmy Carter was not an idiot. His presidency was a casualty of the times. I'm writing in Greenspan in '08.

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Ceallach 6 years, 4 months ago

Glad you are home safe, but 20 below . . . egad!! Come back to Lawrence!! We can't compete with San Diego but we can do better than 20 below.

While I may not agree about Obama : (you know I prefer older men :), I always value your input. So keep on keeping up and trying to keep the OTS in line!

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sgtwolverine 6 years, 4 months ago

Satin & Cheney sounds like a country band. I could never vote for a country band.

I definitely didn't vote in 1988; I would have voted, but the government didn't agree with my assessment that I was exceptional enough to vote as a 7-year-old.

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EireishHawk 6 years, 4 months ago

cool, it was Jimmy Carter who killed the Jimmy Carter presidency.

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ms_canada 6 years, 4 months ago

Well, I was certainly old enough to vote in '88 but did not have the right citizenship. If I had, I probably would have voted for George H.W. Bush and would have regretted that mistake to this day, simply because it brought the world G. W. Bush. That has been a total disaster, IMHO. And don't anyone say that it is none of my business, it is the business of the whole world. If I could vote in '08 I would probably vote for Obama. From what I read, he is one smart cookie. I agree about that jerk Patt from Texas. Has he not a mind of his own? Trouble is there are just too many like him. BTW - is is 22* below 0 again here. Enough to freeze your butt off and then some. I want to go back to San Diego, please

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Ceallach 6 years, 4 months ago

r_t, that was one very good reason why I did not vote for Dukakis. Truthfully, I didn't vote for Ron Paul either . . . I knew the Paulers were out there (especially on campus) so I just resorted to some old cootess rhetoric :)

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Mike Ford 6 years, 4 months ago

I voted for Dukakis in 1988 as the first presidential election that I took part in. I would've voted against Bedtime for Bonzo in 1984, but I was 14. Jimmy Carter told the country it was in for tough times. Instead of manning up, the escapists of this country voted for an actor and have escaped reality in a Morton Downey Jr. George Will Fatbaugh galaxy ever since, taking this country into Peter Griffin land. So much for thinking.

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KU_cynic 6 years, 4 months ago

Another grammar lapse by the LJ-W. The question should be phrased:

For whom did you vote in the 1988 presidential election?

PS. Good thing I proofread before posting because I first typed "presidentail", which would have been a better way to characterize the winner of the 1992 and 1996 elections.

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beatrice 6 years, 4 months ago

I'm sorry, but I don't respond to exit polls.

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 4 months ago

So we can blame everything that's happened since 1988 on Dukakis for not running a better campaign?

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Gareth 6 years, 4 months ago

"Us Texans have to stick together..." What a moron.

Bush I wasn't a Texan, he was from Maine, and maintained a hotel suite in Texas as a permanent residence address because there was no state income tax there.

A perfect example of the delusional dupes who get conned into voting for these clowns.....

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 4 months ago

"The only President I've seen do what he said he will do (at least most of it) was Clinton."

George H. Bush kept his promise... "Read my lips, no New Texas"

There are still only 50 States in the Union. And none are named New Texas. Promise kept.

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Godot 6 years, 4 months ago

88 was the first year I broke from voting for a Democrat for president. Dukakis was such a dufus, I couldn't bring myself to continue my tradition of voting for Democrat losers (Even through Carter got my vote and won the election, he was, and is, the biggest Loser of all). I couldn't bring myeself to vote for Reagan, either, so I chose Ron Paul in protest. Now I choose him on principle, and because he is the only candidate who makes sense and is telling the country the truth they need to hear.

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Christine Pennewell Davis 6 years, 4 months ago

wow other than having a baby I have no clue about 88 kinda a blur and I am not a drinker or drugie :)

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gyroduck 6 years, 4 months ago

"by educated myself do you mean I smoked some grass?"

Educo is a latin root word it means to draw out from within. Yes, smoking some grass would probally help a lot of people.

Your judgements don't define me, they define you as a person who needs to define.

C'mon you can do better than that genius! I don't have much to do today so gimme some traction, show me how smart you are from all those brain cells your saving from not smoking any sweet cheeba.

Oh' and just so you know its none of your business what I do with my personal life in my free time and its no business of the governments as long as I don't harm you.

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prospector 6 years, 4 months ago

Pat Paulsen and I will again.

"Assuming either the Left Wing or the Right Wing gained control of the country, it would probably fly around in circles." Pat Paulsen

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75x55 6 years, 4 months ago

Wow.

What a kool-aid question.

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ohjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

Agnostick - Thanks. I actually ran across that. Although, I just noticed the "additional biographical information" page... nice! I didn't realize he has even higher aspirations (President of the United Nations).

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Mkh 6 years, 4 months ago

gyroduck (Anonymous) says: "I just want to people who are awake to stay that way and remain steadfast and not listen to any of these ignorant comments by people on here who are stagnating, dying and fighting for survival because to them being wrong would be worse than death and in their ignorance they fear death and fear growth and evolution."


Excellent words, thank you. We are winning my friend, keep awake and fighting.

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cool 6 years, 4 months ago

i hope to vote for Gore & Edwards in 2008 !

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Tony Kisner 6 years, 4 months ago

gyro - "have educated myself enough to develop the mental capacity to see outside my own mental positions"

  • by educated myself do you mean I smoked some grass? Free your mind dude!

I'm sure Ron is thankful of your support.

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cool 6 years, 4 months ago

DUKAKIS and BENTSEN !

after Ronnie - we knew that the CIA was incharge of Iran/Contra drugs for guns --- and possibly the 'October Surprise' which killed the Carter presidency.

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thomgreen 6 years, 4 months ago

I try not to vote party line, in fact, most of the candidates are pretty lacking in my view. Guiliani (sp?) is ok, Hilary is too polarized, Obama too inexperienced, Romney too conservative, everyone else, off the radar in my mind. I really do need to do some more research. Is it too much to ask for someone that wants an economically viable fiscal policy that tries to do the most good for the most people? Can we have a candidate that will make education, social security, and health care a priority? I'm all for helping the rest of the world, but can we focus on our own country a little too?

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gyroduck 6 years, 4 months ago

Of course I voted for Ron Paul because I'm awake, aware and I actually have read the Constitution and have educated myself enough to develop the mental capacity to see outside my own mental positions and not have to defend my own point of view or get emotional security from anything outside myself. Ron Paul is a real leader and a reflection of a shift in human consciousness as described in the book of Revelations. People who mock him have received a blessing, Ron Paul broke the boring monotony of their lives which include: slowly poisoning themselves to death with high fructose corn syrup, restless thought patterns inspired by getting worked up about news that doesn't effect them, looking for the cheapest gas in town, building brittle and fearful identities for themselves out of all their complaints and aliments and worrying about finding a close parking spot at wal-mart so they can maintain their obesity which is only a extension of the expression of their mental slothfulness and selfish victim mentality.

I'm not trying to convince anyone to change their views in political science which evolves according to the same laws of nature as any other science. Trying to change people is not my intention, I just want to people who are awake to stay that way and remain steadfast and not listen to any of these ignorant comments by people on here who are stagnating, dying and fighting for survival because to them being wrong would be worse than death and in their ignorance they fear death and fear growth and evolution. I think Max Planck, noble peace prize in physics 1918 put it quite well, same in political science as in physics.

"A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up familiar with it." Max Planck

Get America's head out of its rear-end, Vote Ron Paul!

BTW Ron Paul broke the 10 Million Dollar mark today! www.ronpaul2008.com

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 4 months ago

"So maybe I should vote for who I think would be the worst president of the USA."- PJH

That would be Ron Paul-----loon. All of my extremely valued LJW On-Line (award-winning) neighbors think I'm straight (R), but Ron Paul is where I stop being straight (R) ......there are some nutcases in the (R) party just as there are some in the (D) party.

Election day, if it came down to say, Hillary and Ron Paul, I must admit, I would either not vote at all, or............????

http://ronpaulexposed.tripod.com/index.html

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BigPrune 6 years, 4 months ago

Dukakis was a loser, born to be voted for by losers - he's from Massachusetts, home of Ted Kennedy. That's why he lost. He also looked gay in his army tank crash helmet.

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Jonathan Allison 6 years, 4 months ago

I was 4 years and nearly 2 months old for super-Tuesday '88.

Now I'm a chemical engineer in Houston and I am not so sure I know more about who's running in '08 than I did in '88. I guess there's still time for me to register and vote, if I ever feel like doing my research. Truth is, I think we're headed downhill either way, and it won't get better till it gets really really bad. So maybe I should vote for who I think would be the worst president of the USA.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 4 months ago

r_t, Ron Paul would have squashed Al Gore's entrepreneurial spirit?

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manyblessings 6 years, 4 months ago

I wasn't old enough to vote in 1988 either.

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 4 months ago

b3, if another Bush were elected, it would like when they played the country music in "Mars Attacks" ...........heads of the (I don't want to say it again--not right now--but you know who) would be exploding far and wide.

And what in the wide world of sports is wrong with voting party line? Take your eclectic, blended, custom fit, mushy-middle, muddled up politics and get on down the road. This ain't Starbucks Coffee we're talking about. And while your'e at it, take off those avant-garde blinders.

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Kat Christian 6 years, 4 months ago

Heck I don't remember that far back. I know it wasn't Reagon or Bush. I don't vote Republican - never have and never will. Republican's are for the rich - they could care less for the little people - the "real" backbone of this country. We do most of the living, working and dying to keep this country running while they sit back on their duffs running off at the month and claiming they've earned their big Phat cat salaries paid for by us working class. The only President I've seen do what he said he will do (at least most of it) was Clinton. He wasn't perfect but he was close enough. I had a better quality of life when he was in office. Every time we get a Republican in office I get poorer while the rich get richer. So I vote Democrate and will remain so until God calls me home.

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Tony Kisner 6 years, 4 months ago

acg - why you picking on Patt? He said he voted for a fellow Texan not a fellow Republican. The only idiot by your definition was Kevin the Democrat. Judy apparently knew the Bush family prior to 1988 and had some bad experience. I would guess that Barbara Bush borrowed Judy's hedge clippers and never brought them back?

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BrianR 6 years, 4 months ago

"Bush, because he lived in Texas, and us Texans have to stick together. It's God's country."

Way to think things through, Patt.

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b3 6 years, 4 months ago

Voting for Bush has always been a good thing since 88, its to bad there wont be one on next years ballot.

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 4 months ago

Ron Paul 2008!!

Anarchy Rules!!!

If Ron Paul was elected 20 years ago, not a one of us would be sitting here clackety-clacking away on our little magic boxes.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 4 months ago

1988? Was I sober then? I think it was a dark time for me... I followed the thousand points of light, then learned to lip read.

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ohjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

T_O_B - Don't forget this wonderful Mercer platform nugget...

"To Prove Jeb Bush is all in my house with disease."

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Mkh 6 years, 4 months ago

Can you imagine all of the problems we could have avoided if Ron Paul was elected in 1988 instead of Bush I? Wow, it just staggers my head to contemplate it. Let's not make the same mistake that America made twenty years ago. Ron Paul 2008! The Kansas GOP caucus is Feb. 9th, 2008...register as a Republican and help elect Ron Paul President!

www.ronpaul2008.com

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JJHawq 6 years, 4 months ago

I voted for Benjamen Harrison in 88.

Oops - wrong century. I voted for Joe Walsh.

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ohjayhawk 6 years, 4 months ago

I, too, was too young to vote in 1988 by about 8 months. My first presidential election was 1992. I walked across the street to vote at Cordley School.

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 4 months ago

1988 is in the past. We need to think about now. I don't see how anyone can overlook Mercer in '08. How can you with a platform that includes this?

"To prove I have intacted the New Redeveloped United States of America through the United States of America's United States Department of Justice's Research and Development Department and the United States of America's United States Department of Defense's Research and Development Department government testing program in Business and Commerce in a Business and Commerce Intelligence project/program National and International."

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ndmoderate 6 years, 4 months ago

Yeah, I was only 10 as well. But I remember our school having a mock election, and the 100 or so elementary kids in little Grand Mound, Iowa voted for Dukakis...mostly because 10 year-old kids dig tanks.

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trinity 6 years, 4 months ago

thanx acg, but the deed is done. i wasn't caller #9. :*( ah well.

friday friday fridaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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chemegirlie 6 years, 4 months ago

I was a few weeks from turning 4 on election day 1988.

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Ceallach 6 years, 4 months ago

All y'all mustn't take the comments of an old coot from Texas so seriously :) #1 He would never tell you who he voted for, #2 if his lips are moving, he's probably BS. . ing you, #3 He is probably retelling his OTS experience as I type and laughing at the look on the reporter's face when he answered.

Ron Paul and Andre Marrou!!! Now, 19 years later, every morning on my way into Strong Hall I pass a Ron Paul for President chalking on the sidewalk . . . is life a hoot or what?

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 4 months ago

Olympia Dukakis would have been a better choice than Michael.

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acg 6 years, 4 months ago

I was only 15 at the time. I didn't care for Bush/Reagan, though but I also thought Dukakis was a toad. Hmmm, go figure, even way back then when I wasn't allowed to vote the options sucked.

Trinity, good luck on the tix. I freakin' LOVE Billy Joel.

OH, and that Patt guy above, and every other close minded idiot that blunders through life refusing to think for themselves and only votes a party ticket is pretty much everything that is wrong with this world. I can't imagine being so brainwashed by a political party that one would refuse to look at the individuals, what they stand for, what the present issues are and factor all of these things in when making a very important decision like who to elect for office. This isn't fries or side salad, this is pretty important stuff. I pity them, truly.

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trinity 6 years, 4 months ago

damn-y'all are makin' me feel old. i was 28!

and i concur with mattress man's answer. :)

friday friday friDAY friday friday friDAY friday friday friDAYYYYYYYY!!!! (wish me luck at winning billy joel tickets!)

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The_Original_Bob 6 years, 4 months ago

I was 13 at the time. Let's pretend I could have voted and I would have probably voted Bush as my pappy was a Texan and a fan of Bush Sr.

Jonas = Yes, a very restrictive question. Ageism on part of the OTS. Bastids!!!

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MattressMan 6 years, 4 months ago

Nunia, as in nunia f?>&*ing business!

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 4 months ago

"I can't imagine ever voting for a member of the Bush family."

People like Judy somewhat scare me.

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jonas 6 years, 4 months ago

What the hell? What a restrictive question! I was 10 in 1988.

However, I can say one thing. People like Patt somewhat scare me.

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