Posted by: coastcontact | March 3, 2012

What do candidates really believe?

Want to know what candidates really believe?  Listen to what they say after they speak without a teleprompter or written notes.  If they subsequently say things like “my words were taken out of context” or “I didn’t understand the question” then you know that they meant exactly what you understood.  This is valid for talk show hosts, congressional candidates as well as presidential candidates.

President Barack Obama was quoted saying “They cling to guns or religion” Obama was explaining his difficulty with winning over working-class voters in Pennsylvania  and the Midwest, saying they have become frustrated with economic conditions:

“And it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations,” Obama said.

“Obviously, if I worded things in a way that made people offended, I deeply regret that,” Obama said in a phone interview with the Winston-Salem Journal. “But the underlying truth of what I said remains, which is simply that people who have seen their way of life upended because of economic distress are frustrated and rightfully so.”

Rush Limbaugh, “My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir,” Limbaugh said on his website. “I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices.”

Mitt Romney’s wife has two Cadillacs and he is “great friends” with some NASCAR team owners.

John F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech on the separation of church and state made Rick Santorum want to “throw up.”  He thinks the president is a “snob” for urging people to go to college or obtain more education than a high school diploma.

Can candidates make real mistakes? Of course.  The difficulty is trying to understand the true views and opinions of a candidate.

Based upon the words spoken in the GOP primaries it is clear that Mitt Romney will say whatever his audience wants to hear.

Rick Santorum is a sincere orthodox Catholic who would be likely to follow church doctrine in his decision making process.  That would be the exact opposite of JFK.  Non-Catholics be afraid.  Be very afraid.


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