Saturday, 23 August 2008

Obama chooses running mate

Barack Obama has selected Joe Biden to be his running mate. Mr Biden, a 65-year-old veteran lawmaker, is highly respected on foreign policy issues. Considering the mess the democrats have made of foriegn policy, this may be good. But historically elections have been won on domestic issues, then as events proceed presidents have become more involved in foriegn affairs.

I was expecting it to be Hilary Clinton. In USA politics a ideal running mate isn't just somone who the candidate likes, as after the election they usually become sielined. So they normally choose someone who will help them pick up more votes. Obama and Clinton split the democratic core vote between them, having her as running mate would have lealed the rift, and bought lots of support to Obama. Saying that, Hilaries voting record isnt something I would boast of, she has supported Bush on Iraq, perhaps so as to appear tough on terrorism.

Im reading Michael Moores new book Election Guide. He says Senator Biden voted for the Iraq invasion and that war, 'the war Barack ran against, the war Barack reminded us was the big difference between him and Senator Clinton because she voted for the war and he spoke out against it while running for Senate (a brave and bold thing to do back in 2002). For Obama to place ...the senator on the ticket would be a huge blow to the millions that chose him in the primaries over Hillary. He will undercut one of the strongest advantages he has over the Hundred-Year War senator, Mr. McCain. By anointing a VP who did what McCain did in throwing us into this war, Mr. Obama will lose the moral high ground in the debates. '

In the book he also speaks of McCains temper, on a diplomatic mission to Nicaragua, sitting at a table, he lost it and reached across the table and lifted a man out of his chair! Anyone want to let that finger get near the nuclear button?

Cynthia McKinney is the Green Party candidate in this election, now there is a vote for real change.

Nominated as the Green Party candidate for President at the Green National Convention in Chicago last July, McKinney served as a representative of the people of Georgia in Congress for six terms as a Democrat before deciding to run for President in 2008. America needs the Green Party's solutions to energy and global warming crises, not the Obama or McCain plans. Green candidates and leaders called Barack Obama's and John McCain's positions on energy policy, gas prices, and global warming a capitulation to corporate lobbies, and urged adoption of the Green Party's plan to reduce fossil fuel consumption, generate new jobs in conservation and new energy sources, and curb the advance of climate change.

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