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I agree with you that people can learn much more about any candidate from places other than campaign rallies. However, I guess I still enjoy seeing candidates -- and former presidents -- visit Victoria. Let's hope more people get engaged in the political process because of the excitement.
Frankly, Chris, I have no interest in seeing Clinton and Obama (or McCain for that matter) coming to Victoria to campaign. All of the candidates' platforms are readily available to anyone with the slightest interest in the plans any of them have for the country. I suppose a personal visit might motivate some otherwise disinterested voters but IMO, doing so only increases the chance they'll make an uninformed choice. A candidate's platform cannot be adequately explained in a 24 minute sound byte tailored to the audience being catered to.I am glad to see that Obama is giving Hillary a rude wake-up call however, and hope that it continues throughout the remainder of the primaries. The chances are better than even that our next president will be a Democrat and let's face it, Obama isn't the best choice out there but he's way ahead of whoever's in second place for the Democratic nomination. Fortunately he's not the worst of the lot on either side. One fear I have is that Clinton's still young enough to make another run at a presidential nomination in four or eight years.One of the three remaining contenders will almost certainly be our next president. As it stands now, none will get there with the help of my vote.Ernie
Victoria is predominately a conservative city. If you look at the results after a general election. you will find a low turnout, and a majority voted for the Republican candidate. Looking at those key demographics. Why would Clinton's or Obama campaign in Victoria? The two Democratic candidates concentrated on the Valley, Houston, San Antonio and El Paso. My daughter got to see Hillary, at her Hidalgo Texas rally.Plenty of signs, bands and bumper stickers were available to the crowd. This was a planned event, probably one year to making, unlike Victoria, a last-minute change of schedule.A lack of ground force organizers was evident, but I saw the large crowd give the former president loud and enthusiastic cheers. An oversight for Hillary’s campaign for two reasons (IMO) one is demographics, and the other, she thought she was going to coast in Texas, after her Super Tuesday victories.She failed to take advantage of the energized electorate. Yesterday's Houston Chronicle front page title was “Democratic contests excites early voting” showing the early votes in the Democratic Party's favor. Democratic votes totaled 38,214 and the GOP 12,793 compared the 2004 election, where it was 18,234 for Democrats and 17,147 for the Republicans. Nationally, the support for Hillary and Obama is evident by Obama had 10 million popular primary votes ,and Hillary Clinton, not far behind with a little over 9 million votes. The last two Hillay and Obama debates recieve a larger national audience the one in Austin was viewed by 7.8 million and the previous one 8.3 million.Their message got out.
The reason things are so poorly run is because there aren't enough supporters of any other presidential candidate that care enough to actually GET OUT and do something.Harsh words - but true.How many people have you seen waving signs on the road or placing literature at your door? If you have seen them - who were they doing it for?The point is - regardless of who you support - you have to actually SUPPORT their effort. I have never worked so hard for something I believed in before - and regardless of the outcome - I am a better person for it.The message I believe in is so universal and strong, I had the desire to get off my computer and take action. The message of the other people running for President is not as strong and it shows.It is sad that people are going to vote based on gender, race, and mainstream exposure - rather than the actual stance and message of their candidate.http://www.knowbeforeyouvote.com