Single-Issue Voting... ? ...

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Single-Issue Voting... ? ...
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Mon, 06-25-2007 - 5:24pm

Alright, I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that most of y'all posting here care about political decisions pertaining to abortion. (Rights, restrictions, preventive planning).

A lower-profile Democratic Presidential candidate announced the other day that he would use abortion-rights as a litmus test for selecting Supreme Court Justices if her were elected. Now, even though he's on the same side of the road that I am (protecting abortion rights) I still think that's nuts.

What do you all think about single-issue voting? Does the issue of abortion blot all others out when it comes to politics? Or is it just another piece of the puzzle?

Abortion rights are important to me, but single-issue voting just skeeves me out, and hearing people say things this extremely gives me bad feelings. That may be because I hate being reminded we are in such a bad place, or because I don't like public figures that bow to the need for media soundbyte extremism. It's just a bad thing. Anyhow, I don't respect the guy for pulling a publicity stunt like that. I have never heard of him before, and I know nothing else about him, but my first impression ain't good.

http://desmoinesregister.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070623/NEWS10/706230340/-1/LIFE04

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 06-25-2007 - 5:28pm

"What do you all think about single-issue voting? Does the issue of abortion blot all others out when it comes to politics? Or is it just another piece of the puzzle?"

Personally, I think it's foolish to cast your vote based on one issue. I think this pretty much sums it up.

Sue

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Registered: 06-03-2007
Mon, 06-25-2007 - 5:28pm
...answering my own informal poll, I'd say that abortion rights are a big deal to me when deciding how to vote... but they've never been the very first thing I think about. I see it as a subset of my dream for single-payer healthcare. I can't imagine being forced to choose though - they segregate so nicely and I have so many other serious issues with the type of candidate that doesn't support a right to choose. That's kinda sad, that they segregate like that.
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Registered: 10-11-2005
Mon, 06-25-2007 - 5:37pm

It can be, the chances of me ever voting for GOP are slim to none. I'm PC, pro-death penalty, pro-gun (I have a gun permit because of abusive xh who has threaten to kill me and my new dh)

~Sam

~~Sam stitches well with others, runs with scissors in her pocket. Cheerful and stupid.
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Registered: 06-03-2007
Mon, 06-25-2007 - 5:45pm

Sam - I admire you for standing up and doing what you need to do to be safe and strong! Don't cower! (eh, I'd prefer the British laws on gun control, too, but I'm not trying to go there here).

Is there anyone else here who has felt prevented from voting in a way they otherwise would by abortion-related stuff? I'm just curious...

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Registered: 04-10-2003
Mon, 06-25-2007 - 6:41pm
yup. i refused to vote republican for the last 2 eforin a candidate that would restrict my (and every woman's) reproductive healthcare rights. it's THAT important to me.
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Registered: 03-08-2007
Mon, 06-25-2007 - 8:09pm
Overall I don't really think it matters. I don't think Roe v. Wade will ever be overturned, and most of the small issues regarding abortion (notifications, waiting periods, gestational age limits) are up to the states anyways. So the President doesn't really have much to do with it. And with all the other problems going on I doubt anybody is going to step into office and take action with the issue. Sure Pro-lifers are upset, but it goes back to the old phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"

Ella Grayce

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Mon, 06-25-2007 - 8:58pm

Overall I don't really think it matters. I don't think Roe v. Wade will ever be overturned, and most of the small issues regarding abortion (notifications, waiting periods, gestational age limits) are up to the states anyways. So the President doesn't really have much to do with it. And with all the other problems going on I doubt anybody is going to step into office and take action with the issue. Sure Pro-lifers are upset, but it goes back to the old phrase "If it ain't broke, don't fix it"

I kind of see it this way, as well. I really and truly don't ever see R v. W ever being overturned and honestly don't care if it is...making abortion illegal won't change a thing..won't reduce abortion and certainly won't do anything to stop unplanned/unwanted pregnancy...making abortion illegal is kind of like coming in through the back door, so choosing my candidate on this issue is silly...I would rather choose a candidate who is willing to do something about what is *causing* abortion in our country rather than someone who is wanting to outlaw abortion....just seems more practical...but again...it's got to be the whole package for me...and honestly, I'm not seeing it...yet.

Sue

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Registered: 07-29-2004
Tue, 06-26-2007 - 4:09pm
The president isn't the only elected official. You vote for those who set up your state's restrictions as well.
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Registered: 07-29-2004
Tue, 06-26-2007 - 4:12pm
I would probably never vote for a PL candidate, but then, I wouldn't vote for a candidate that was anti-environment or anti-constitution the way our current administration is. So, no not a single issue voter, but that position would sway me.
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Registered: 03-24-2003
Tue, 06-26-2007 - 5:04pm

In the next presidential election, I will only vote for a candidate who is pro-choice.

It's not the only issue I make the decision on, but it has now moved to the top of my list because of the restrictions that many pro-lifers in my state would like to see imposed on other reproductive choices, like Plan B and hormonal birth control methods. Any candidate who supports a "right of refusal" for pharmacists will NEVER get my vote.

I had voted Republican primarily up to the last presidential election. I have a fiscal conservative bent, but I am a woman first and a fiscal conservative second.