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  • Sep. 26th, 2008 at 10:06 AM

We’ll be posting some questions in this community and re-publishing some of your responses on Gazeta.ru (one of Russia’s largest online only news websites -  set up ten years ago and still going strong.)  As the relationship between Russia and the US develops we hope that LiveJournal users in America will tell our users what they think about the election and the future of their country. 


      Do you intend to vote in the election, if not, why not?
Has the recent financial crisis influenced how you intend to cast your vote?

            Have any of the recent stories on the candidates’ private lives, for example those covering Sarah Palin’s children, had an impact on which party you will choose?


Best wishes from all at Gazeta.ru!


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grace_om wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:16 am (UTC)
Yes I intend to vote. I always vote (so I can complain when I don't like how the election comes out!).

Both the recent financial crisis and stories about candidates private lives and choices have confirmed my intent to vote *against* McCain/Palin.
binni wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:24 am (UTC)
I do intend to vote. This is my first time voting and I refuse to pass up the chance in such a historic election.

I feel that the financial crisis is a reason to vote, and depending on how strong either party's choices are to fix what's happening will of course sway my vote.

However, as for the candidates private lives.... I don't feel that everything that happens in their lives/between their friends or family is any business of mine. I may be naive, but I have faith in my country and its peoples, and I trust those taking the risk of running for such a prestigious position in government to stay true to their word.
rosicrucian wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
I am intending to vote in this election even though I'm not fond of either groups running. It's basically a lesser of two evils scenerio because neither of them really impress me.

The stories about the candidates private lives have influenced my vote. The stories, videos and news about Sarah Palin's private life, public life, and religious life have been more than enough to turn me away from voting for them. Especially since I feel like I'm voting less for McCain and more for Palin given his age, health, etc.
inafoxhole wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 08:16 am (UTC)
Do you intend to vote in the election, if not, why not?
Yes. I always vote. I get upset when I miss a special election. :) I've even volunteered this year again to be a pollworker. Democracy in action!

Has the recent financial crisis influenced how you intend to cast your vote?
Not in the slightest. I wasn't undecided or even waffling. And it hasn't been my candidate embarrassing himself.

Have any of the recent stories on the candidates’ private lives, for example those covering Sarah Palin’s children, had an impact on which party you will choose?
I suppose that depends on what you mean by their "private life". John McCain's crude jokes? Sarah Palin's daughter? Palin's religion? I generally dismiss family issues. I can think they did something stupid, or that their family relationships are dysfunctional, and still think they'd be a reasonably good President. I pity Sarah Palin's kids, especially the young mother who may be forced to marry the father of her child as soon as possible, but it's the ideology and how it affects me that bothers me. Her religious views don't affect me if she confines them to her family, but when she starts talking about teaching a failed abstinence-only policy in the schools, or creationism after it's been already ruled unconstitutional, etc. This does bother me, but it's because it affects her public policy. The rest doesn't help, but if McCain/Palin otherwise supported things I believed in, and I thought they were looking out for me, these things would be beside the point. The truth here is that all the candidates are human, and it's unrealistic to expect any of them to be perfect.
madelinekrieger wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 08:19 am (UTC)
1) Do you intend to vote in the election, if not, why not?
I absolutely intend to vote in the election.

2) Has the recent financial crisis influenced how you intend to cast your vote?
No. My vote has already been decided. If anything, the recent financial crisis has only confirmed my decision.

3) Have any of the recent stories on the candidates’ private lives, for example those covering Sarah Palin’s children, had an impact on which party you will choose?
No. It is typical for the opponents as well as the media to attempt to paint the opposition in unflattering light. It is the responsibility of the citizen to assess the information presented to them and discern between fact and fiction.
poetpaladin wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 08:51 am (UTC)
1. Do you intend to vote in the election, if not, why not?

Yes, I intend to vote. This election is too important.

2. Has the recent financial crisis influenced how you intend to cast your vote?

The recent crisis has only further resolved my decision to vote for Obama.

Obama truly has knowledge and experience in both domestic and foreign affairs. Domestically, he has been studying the economy for quite a long time - after all, he's been a legislator for some 12 years and has crafted legislation with strong economic focus and helped get them passed.

Obama has a firm grasp of economic issues. He warned about the financial crisis back in 2006 and early 2007. He has gained the trust and endorsements of financial and economic giants:

4 Nobel laureates in Economics endorse Obama, along with a slew of economists. Few economists endorse McCain.

Three former SEC chairmen (1 Democrat, 2 Republicans) endorse Obama - one of them, Bill Donaldson a life-long Republican said, "Obama has been talking about the need for better financial regulation well before this crisis hit and has done some real thinking about it. McCain comes across as someone who suddenly realized changes have to be made."

Paul Volcker - the former Federal Reserve chairman who was in charge during the extremely difficult recessionary times of the late 70s and early 80s, and who is widely credited with taming double-digit inflation by doing the hard task of raising interest rates - endorses Obama.

Warren Buffet - widely admired investor and billionaire, most outspoken of the billionaires in favor of policies to support the middle class - also endorses Obama.

3. Have any of the recent stories on the candidates’ private lives, for example those covering Sarah Palin’s children, had an impact on which party you will choose?

The stories covering Sarah Palin's children has not changed my decision - and it shouldn't. Why should stories on Vice Presidential candidate's children affect my decision on who is best to lead our country?

Edited at 2008-09-26 08:54 am (UTC)
kwsapphire wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 10:21 am (UTC)
Yes, no and no.

I view both major parties as part of the same machine. They both suck, Obama just happens to suck less than McCain. I'd rather vote for Ron Paul, and if I feel that Obama is leading by a strong majority and there's no chance of McCain getting in office, I will. If I feel there's a chance we could be facing a President Palin, I will vote for Obama.

Though it would be hilarious to see a President Palin face down Putin, as suggested by Matt Damon. Hilarious in a sad, scary, train-wreck kind of way. (I don't think Putin would even give her the time of day. He'd look at her, say "You can't be serious." and walk away.)
woopflying wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 12:11 pm (UTC)

Who wins will make little difference, the powers behind the throne regard people as pawns in their power game and can be dismissed as collateral damage.
larnew wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 12:14 pm (UTC)
Will I vote in the Presidential election?
I will be voting most assuredly...and no, the current financial crisis has not influenced how I will vote at all! I already have my mind made up regarding choice. No, the recent media flap over Sarah Palin and her children has not influenced me one whit! The media in this country have already shown who their favorite candidate is...the media darling is none other than Obama. However I think the world is going to be shocked when people from the heartland of America vote for and elect John McCain!
pennyann wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 03:41 pm (UTC)
Re: Will I vote in the Presidential election?
"I think the world is going to be shocked when people from the heartland of America vote for and elect John McCain!"

Shocked? I would use the word "dismayed" in place of shocked. I also don't think it is going to happen.

You can't get more heartland than I am (Missouri) and I don't know a single person among my family or friends who will be voting for John McCain. I know I won't be.

[Edited to add quotation marks]

Edited at 2008-09-26 03:44 pm (UTC)
kageisuke wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 12:20 pm (UTC)
Yes, I intend to vote. No, the financial crisis hasn't changed my opinion. The story about Palin's child only confirms something about her beliefs that I dislike, but other than that, I don't care what happens in someone's personal life. That is something private and should be off-limits in any election. It only skews the opinions of people who don't do research and can't cut through the mudslinging tactics of each party.
jessmi_08 wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 12:28 pm (UTC)
Hello Russia and the Russian people!

I’m an American living in Berlin, Germany. I intend to vote. The economic crisis has not influenced the presidential and vice presidential candidates I will vote for. The continuous revelations of the candidates’ private lives also will not change in who I vote for.

Obviously, as of late, there has been much media and public attention on Republican Vice Presidential nominee, Sarah Palin. Regardless of Palin’s private life, she is unequivocally WRONG, WRONG, WRONG (that would mean unqualified, unversed, inexperienced, and downright uneducated regarding global affairs) for handling 21st Century issues/conflicts/negotiations/discussions between the United States of America and the World.

America has a daunting task to restore and improve its relationships, responsibilities, and diplomatic ties with and among other countries. Palin’s constant quest to prove her foreign relations experience, by discussing geographical locale and maritime borders with the country of Russia and that in her role of Alaska’s Commander-in-Chief of the Alaskan National Guard she’s been “briefed” on possible Russian military aircraft incursions, illustrates to me that she lacks any quality to communicate intelligently and with foresight and deep understanding about the country of Russia; its people, its long and big history, its culture. At best, it’s a great joke around the supper table.

Palin is, at the very least, incredibly terrifying in her responses regarding the arena of foreign affairs. Furthermore, I was dismayed when I heard her response to ABC’s journalist, Charles Gibson’s, three-time-asked question regarding the intrusion into Pakistan. There were no words that uttered past her lips expressing sympathy or at least questionable soul-reaching, self-internal dialogue about the civilians that were inhumanely and unjustly killed. I even give the Bush administration more credit – at least they have issued a formal apology and claim they will offer some sort of financial retribution (although money could and will never make up an understatedly terrible loss of a loved one).

In this ABC interview, Palin’s responses reminded me of a trigger-ready cowboy that wants to dissect the world into “good guys” and “bad guys” without realizing that international conflict(s) of interest(s) is wholly and again understatedly, complicated and thorny. It requires [what Palin lacks] tenacity, integrity, and earned-wisdom to have intelligent dialogue and relationship in our global community, where people, history, and culture matter.

For these reasons and again, credit-giving, I bestow to Obama and Biden who have proven to me that they possess the earnest and dignified experience, education, and qualified abilities to turn America into a reasonable and well-fitting country, once again, in this golden era of the 21st Century and beyond.
mas_smu wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 08:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks God! And thank YOU personally, dear young lady. As we already feel desperate about what's going on in our relations. You've just gave hope to me and my aсquaintances to whom I'll pass your post that not everything is lost between us. The last two months we spent absolutely shocked by the information we get from Media about the attitude of the majority of the world community to the conflict at Caucases and to Russia and its natives. Even one personal friendly voice of yours towards Russia is a great sign.

As you may know, there are a lot of russians in America, not only gangsters as we can see almost in every american action movie, but mostly students and present honestly working citizens of USA. So there are thousands of non-political but simply personal relations between our countries. Including for example nearly 20-years old school exchange between BB&N of Boston and one of Moscow municipal schools I graduated. And according to the atmosphere of today what will be tomorrow with these relations?

So thanks a lot once more for your friendly and reasonable attitude, hope you are not the only one.

P.S. :) As for miss Sarah - she IS a joke already. I only hope she'll not become a BAD JOKE as miss Rice did with an endless amount of poison inside of her.

Best regards and be happy.

falcon13 wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC)
I always vote!

Palin's background -- as it slowly leaks into the news -- is not very comforting as a potential president. In my opinion she is 'in over her head' -- that is, she is motivated to succeed, but really doesn't have enough of a world view to be useful at the national level.

I watched an interview with her last night. She was asked about her foreign affairs experience. Palin's reply was along the lines of [my paraphrase of her response] "I live next door to both Russia and Canada; so of course, I have experience with other countries and cultures"

As I commented to one of my more conservative friends, the total population of Alaska is about 670,000 residents. I live in a county near Washington, DC that has more than a million residents. So, my thinking is that Palin might make a credible 'county commissioner' but not a vice-president or president.

I really don't care about her daughter having a child out of wedlock. That's a family issue. But it's ironic that Palin's disinterest in sex education might have contributed to her daughter's own behavior.
teacoat wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 02:35 pm (UTC)
I just turned 18 this year, but I have been looking forward to this election since 2004. I have been a staunch supporter of Obama since essentially the day he announced his candidacy, and at this point I do not believe that there is anything either candidate could do or say that would make me change my mind about who to vote for.

So while the financial crisis has not influenced whom I will vote for, it has made it more clear to me than ever that McCain is not the way to go.

I believe that the American news media puts way too much attention on the candidates private lives. Candidates should be elected based on their policies and what they will do for the country. I do not agree with just about any of Sarah Palin's policies, but I could care less if her underage daughter is pregnant. It has no real relevance.
jmpierce wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
1) Yes, I absolutely intend to vote. I might camp outside my polling location the night before. (laugh)

2) Though I am very concerned over the recent financial crisis, it has not influenced how I intend to cast my vote. It has only strengthened my belief in the candidate I have supported all along, Barack Obama.

3) I find the stories about candidates private lives mostly disgusting. The less I know about Sarah Palin's private life, the happier I'll be. I find her repulsive. On the other hand, I rather enjoy hearing about Barack Obama's life, and have been reading one of his books, "The Audacity of Hope," and look forward to reading the more auto-biographical "Dreams of My Father." His life story has also not influenced my vote - I support him purely on his politics because that is all that should matter. However, his personal story makes me respect him on a personal as well as political level, which is a very refreshing change from most politicians.
princess2000204 wrote:
Sep. 26th, 2008 02:58 pm (UTC)
Do you intend to vote in the election, if not, why not?

Most certainly, since I don't think you have a right to complain about the workings of a country unless you try and do something to correct it.

Has the recent financial crisis influenced how you intend to cast your vote?

Very much so! How is it we can have 5 of the most prominent businesses that effects people on a global level collapse or be forced under federal care, all in under a week!!!!! That should be a loud siren going off somewhere.

Not to mention, I don't know what it's like to not be constantly broke; due to price increase on everything! I work in retail and I see it all quite evidently as we're always having to up our prices, even if it's by a dollar, and it makes people not want to buy it as it's more expensive.

Have any of the recent stories on the candidates’ private lives, for example those covering Sarah Palin’s children, had an impact on which party you will choose?

Not really. I'm all for diversity in how people live theirs lives. It's not like anyone is a suspected killer or rapist. Plus the issues concerning Palin's children is a real concern about teenagers getting pregnant more often in our current generation.
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