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  • Oct. 1st, 2008 at 1:57 PM
Hi this is Anita. We will be covering an event in New Delhi hosted by Democrats Abroad where the vice presidential debate between Palin and Biden will be screened. We're looking forward to talking to the crowd there before and after the debate. Do you have any questions for them?


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adamwolf wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 11:15 am (UTC)
I'm just curious, in general, whether the vision on foreign policy and diplomacy of the Republican team is recieved differently in the US and with US citizins abroad.
tyskkvinna wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
I think that's a really great question!

I'd like to know how important people elsewhere perceive the VP to be, and what their duties encompass. I think it is interesting that you're organising an event for the VP debate, so I'd like to know what the expectations of the VP are.
gregorykennedy wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 03:04 pm (UTC)
I would be curious to understand their perception of what role religion takes in US politics.
kenbearhill wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
Questions for Delhi Democrats
show of hands, How many of you have ordered your absentee Ballots? Why not?

I live in the State of Oregon. Here the ballots are mailed to each registered voter by their county three weeks before the election date. Still many choose not to vote. Maybe these Americans living away from the United States will see things in a different light.
1trackmind wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Questions for Delhi Democrats
Do you like the mail-in system? King County, Washington is about to do the same thing and I have to say I'm not a fan. When it's a mail-in thing it feels more like paying a bill than doing your civic duty. I much prefer actually going to a polling station and having a day set aside to vote. Now I realize that has its own problems. It's easy for 9-5 workers to vote but not necessarily for others.
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kenbearhill wrote:
Oct. 2nd, 2008 11:35 pm (UTC)
Do you really think most of the Americans overseas are Military? There are many Ex-pats out there. Our corporations send out many people all over the world. Many live for years in their host countries and then come home to retire. Just like John Adams.
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1trackmind wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 08:58 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in knowing if they follow American political coverage (papers, websites, etc.) and if so how it compares to the media coverage at their current location.
1trackmind wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Other question: how much do they think the VP matters? I think in 2000 there were an awful lot of people who were voting for Cheney more than Bush. There seemed to be an assumption that Bush was a nice guy, and Cheney would keep him from doing anything too disastrous. I think that had changed by 2004 when people were voting for Bush rather than Cheney. Initially it looked like Palin may have had the same effect.
india24x7 wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 09:46 pm (UTC)
Questions and clarifications from Arif
I would like to ask the following questions as to how what seemed to be like a certain victory for the Democrats in the US Presidential election is becoming like a long drawn struggle? I mean after enduring 8 long years of Bush's failed policies both on the domestic front as well as those concerning US's role as a Superpower in a unipolar world...now suddenly the American election scene is shifting and this churning is going to help the Republican party nominee Sen. McCain to a great extent in this election come what may..., be the financial crisis at the moment or America's engagement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
To be more specific my view is that the selection of Sen. Obama as Democratic party nominee instead of Sen. Hillary Clinton who won most of the big states and also the swing states in the Democratic primary and who suffered humiliation not only at the hands of Sen. Obama who even did not considered her qualified enough to be on his ticket (VP pick) and the bad press she got may ultimately be the reason for him to lose the battle for White House.
Why Sen. Obama ignored Hillary Clinton and did not pick her as his running mate?
The other question which pains me a lot concerns Sen. Obama's tough talk about launching an aggression against Pakistan thus violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of a friendly country which is the frontline state in it's war against terror.
Is talking about peace in Iraq and pursuing an aggressive policy against Pakistan even to the extent of launching full scale military offensive... not contradictory? Cant' he talk about reviewing and assessing all the failed policies of Bush administration once he gets into that position?
Last but not least is he qualified enough to be the Commander-in -Chief given the fact that he has no prior administrative experience? Looking objectively it seems that Gov. Pallin has more administrative experience than Sen. Obama.
In times of crisis he is seen to be cold and not giving out his opinion or point of view....is this a good quality in a leader who is aspiring to be the President of US?
Hope some of my concerns may be addressed in the event to be organised in Delhi which has been supported by Democrats Abroad.
With my kind regards
Syed Arif Ahmad
cnst wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 11:17 pm (UTC)
Matt Gonzalez?
I'd be interested to ask why they didn't invite any other major contenders for the vice-president position, like Matt Gonzalez of the Bay Area? Thanks, Constantine.
sophia_sadek wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 11:32 pm (UTC)
Sense of security
I'd be curious to hear whether they feel secure as Americans living abroad so close to the epicenter of opposition to American foreign policy. Would they see the election of either candidate as tending to improve or degrade their sense of being at risk of attack. If they were in India before the Bush administration, I'd be interested to hear if their sense of security has improved or degraded between the Clinton and Bush regimes.
laurasmagicday wrote:
Oct. 1st, 2008 11:46 pm (UTC)
Why did a bank want to place a 15 day hold on my cashier's check last week when I wanted to deposit it into a bank??? Cashier's checks are cash supposed to be like cash, right?

Edited at 2008-10-01 11:47 pm (UTC)
kenbearhill wrote:
Oct. 2nd, 2008 05:19 pm (UTC)
Cashiers Checks are easy to counterfeit and it takes time to make sure the check is real. Better this than being stuck with a counterfeit check and being forced to payback and fines.
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