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Rank the candidates in your order of preference as of today. Please use only active (+/-), 'major' candidates who are currently running and on the list below (excluded Kucinich, Gravel, Keyes and Hunter). If you are a partisan voter who will only vote for Democrats or Republicans, please don't use this thread to tell everyone that again as we probably already know. Thanks.

Edit - You can put in, if you want to, a favorable opinion ranking on the 1-10 scale where 1 is you don't like the candidate and 10 is that you do.


The list:

Hillary Clinton
John Edwards
Rudy Guiliani
Mike Huckabee
John McCain
Barack Obama
Ron Paul
Bill Richardson
Mitt Romney
Fred Thompson

My list as of 1/9/08 goes as follows:

Barack Obama (9)
John McCain (8)
Ron Paul (7)
John Edwards (7)
Mike Huckabee (7)
Rudy Guiliani (5)
Fred Thompson (5)
Bill Richardson (4)
Hillary Clinton (2)
Mitt Romney (who I will note vote for) (1)

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John Edwards
John McCain
Michael Bloomberg (I know he isn't officially running but if he declares....)
 

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Ron Paul
Fred Thompson
Bill Richardson
John McCain
John Edwards
Mike Huckabee
Mitt Romney
Barack Obama
Rudy Guiliani
Hilary Clinton

Though I cant see myself voting for anyone under Edwards on my list
 

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John McCain
Barack Obama
Rudy Guiliani
Fred Thompson
John Edwards
Mike Huckabee
Bill Richardson
Mitt Romney
Ron Paul
Hillary Clinton
 

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I've cycled through several frontrunners over the past year. As of today, it's:

Obama (8)
McCain (7)
Clinton (5)
Edwards (5)
The Huckster (4)
Romney (4)
Guiliani (3)
Paul (2)
Richardson (1)
Thompson (1)


This is subject to change. Over the course of the year my front runner has alternated between Edwards, Obama, Biden, Clinton, Paul and to a lesser degree McCain.

Edit : Added favorable points.
 
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My preference as of today (and limiting myself to the "major" candidates as requested) would be:


John McCain (7)
Barak Obama (6)
Rudy Guiliani (6)
Bill Richardson (5)
John Edwards (4)
Fred Thompson (4)
Hillary Clinton (3)
Mike Huckabee (2)
Mitt Romney (1)
Ron Paul (1)

*edit* Left out Obama
 
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1._____________
2._____________
3._____________
4. F Thompson
5a. B Obama
5b. J McCain

after this it dosent really matter
Blank three top spots represent the fact that none of the announced candidates really excite me. I think I like Thompsons ideas, but the man does not seem.... presidential. Is a good thing I have time to decide.
 

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Paul
Obama
Edwards
McCain
Richardson
Guiliani
Thompson
Huckabee*
Romney*
Clinton*

* would never get my vote
 

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Huckabee
McCain
Edwards
. . . .

I can tell you also though that I'll vote for anyone running against Obama and Clinton.
 

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Well, you know I will likely vote Libertarian, but given the requirement of "major candidates", I would rank the as follows:

Ron Paul (7)
Rudi Guliani (7)
Dennis Kucinich (6)
John McCain (6) (Was much higher a year ago)
Hillary Clinton (4)

John Edwards (2)
Mitt Romney (2)
Barack Obama (1)
Mike Huckabee (1)
Fred Thompson (1)

I would not vote for anyone below Clinton and probably would not vote for her unless she ran against Huckabee.
 
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Ron Paul - 7
Bill Richardson - 6
John McCain - 6
Barack Obama - 5.5
Rudy Guiliani - 4
Mitt Romney - 4
Hillary Clinton - 4
John Edwards - 3
Mike Huckabee - 3
Fred Thompson N/A (not enough information)
 

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Barack Obama
John Edwards
Rudy Guiliani
Hillary Clinton
Bill Richardson
Mitt Romney
Ron Paul
John McCain
Fred Thompson
Mike Huckabee
 
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I'm a liberal who is registered independent. I live in an 85% Republican county in Mississippi, so my vote does not count.

  1. Barack Obama - will get my vote if he is nominated
  2. John McCain - will get my vote if Hillary is nominated
  3. John Edwards - would get my vote over all below him, and it would be a toss-up with McCain
  4. Bill Richardson - Not a chance of nomination, but he seems like a good chap
  5. Rudy Guiliani - Not a fan, but I could support him as a non-Christianist Republican
  6. Mitt Romney - Would never get my vote.
  7. Fred Thompson - Would never get my vote.
  8. Ron Paul - Would never get my vote.
  9. Hillary Clinton - I am not a "Hillary basher" like most people around here, but I strongly believe that we need to resist our cultural impulse toward manufacturing royalty in this country. She is no better than Rove or any other lockstep party politicians. I'm liberal, but I'm not stupid.
  10. Mike Huckabee - I do not vote for "Soldiers for Christ's Army," despite being extremely affable, self-deprecating, and three-time Colbert Report guests. I say this as a Christian and an American.
 
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Good thread, Steve.

Ron Paul

Mike Huckabee
John McCain
Barack Obama


John Edwards
Rudy Guiliani
Mitt Romney
Fred Thompson

Bill Richardson

Hillary Clinton
Each line break designates a new grouping. I pretty much look at those grouped together as +/- the same, not in terms of policy stances, but in terms of likelihood that I'd vote for them. Each group is alphabetized.
 

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Ron Paul- Only candidate to talk about the dollar, hates lobbyists, truely wants limited government. The newsletters is an issue and if he doesn't clear it up then I will likely vote for someone that is not on this list.
Dennis Kucinich- I love some of his views and don't like others.
Barack Obama- like his view about lobbyists
Mike Huckabee- I like the flat tax over the current tax law
Barack Obama- Hate a lot about him but his view on lobbyists trumpts a lot
Fred Thompson- He was once a lobbyist.
Bill Richardson- Doesn't have a problem with taking money from federal lobbyists.
John McCain- He is basically George Bush III
Rudy Guiliani- Misinformed on a lot of history, wears 9/11 on his sleeve and is in the pockets of lobbyists.
Mitt Romney- The only person that can challenge Clinton for the bottom of the list.
Hillary Clinton- **** Clinton


This is really hard for me because my issues are different than most. My most important issues.

1) The dollar and inflation. Ron Paul is the only candidate to even talk about it.
2) Government spending and corruption.
3) Iraq, this impacts #1 and #2.
4) Taxes- this would be bigger but we can't reduce taxes unless we change 1-3
5) The economy. This would be bigger if #1-4 didn't impact it so much.

Limited government and increased liberties would be my number one issue but this would be impossible to achieve without addressing the above problems.
 
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I'm Canadian, but I have been following this process pretty closely.
We don't have "primaries" up here, the parties are free to choose their own leaders, and for the most part, it's done behind closed doors. I've found this whole "election before the election" fascinating, for whatever reason.

My personal politics mirror that of a large majority of young Canadians. Fiscally conservative and socially liberal. With those parameters in place, I'm really not sure I'm seeing a great fit amongst ANY of the candidates. If I had to rank them, I think it would go something like this.

Barack Obama (7)

Ron Paul (6) - At least he's got the fiscally conservative part down.

Mitt Romney (5) - I love his idea of running Government as a business, but what a sleazebag...

Rudy Guiliani (4) - I've heard scary things about his foreign policy.
John McCain (4) - Ditto.

Fred Thompson (3) - Don't know much about him and doesn't seem like a serious candidate.
Bill Richardson (3) - Ditto.

Hillary Clinton (2) - You can't honestly think going 20+ years with your senior leadership coming from only two familys is a good thing!
John Edwards (2) - Seems to be pandering to the unions to keep him afloat, which is a surefire way to lose my support.

Mike Huckabee (1) - Seems like my ideological polar opposite.
 

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