Monday, August 18, 2008

The religious presidential forum

Some of you may have heard, or maybe watched the presidential religious forum Saturday Night.

For those of you who didn't hear, it was basically a discussion where a pastor asked questions of Barack Obama first, while McCain was supposedly in a cone of silence, and then he asked McCain questions too. I liked it because they weren't competing with each other, and you got to see more about them, their personalities. I should have taken notes, but these were my impressions about how they answered, unadulterated from what political spectators may have said afterwards.

He answered the questions in a thoughtful way, a little slow, drawn out, but he seemed to be thinking about what he was saying. He also appeared to be more open, that he would accept the views of others.
In terms of abortion I agree more with him than McCain, to where it is more appropriate to where the mother's life is in danger, and also in cases of rape. I like his views of marriage and found interesting his answer to why he wouldn't support a constitutional amendment.
One of the questions was are three of the wisest people that he knows. He answered probably how many of us would answer by saying his grandma, his wife and someone else. So he seemed more personable.
McCain on the other hand answered the questions quickly, with what I perceived as his way or the highway, that he was already set. Many of his answers seemed like a political promise speech, like he was on the campaign trail. You could see that in comparison with Obama, that he has more of a one track mind, and that the campaign and the presidency is what he is focused on now. I am not saying that that is a bad thing, but neither is it a good thing. He shared a story from when he was in Vietnam, about how he and a captor celebrated Christmas for a few brief moments, and some other stories.
His answer to the wisest people he knew was General Petreus (probably spelling his last name wrong), the CEO of ebay and someone else, so it does show the difference of his mind. You can definitely tell that he is very focused militarily.

From this, I think that both candidates would make good presidents, both would obviously be better than President Bush, and that they both want the best for the country. At the moment I am favoring Obama, because he seems more open, and doesn't appear as narrow minded, or singularly tracked as McCain does. We'll see what happens though.

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