1996 Republican Primary

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If the 1996 election were held today, which of these candidates would get your vote?

  1. [url=http://alexander.senate.gov/]Lamar Alexander[/url]

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  2. [url=http://www.theamericancause.org/]Pat Buchanan[/url]

    1 vote(s)
    5.3%
  3. [url=http://www.bobdole.org/]Bob Dole[/url]

    10 vote(s)
    52.6%
  4. [url=http://www.talkradionetwork.com/Hosts/bobdornan.htm]Bob Dornan[/url]

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. [url=http://www.forbes.com/columnists/col_archive.jhtml?author=Forbes]Steve Forbes[/url]

    2 vote(s)
    10.5%
  6. [url=http://www.alankeyes.com/]Alan Keyes[/url]

    3 vote(s)
    15.8%
  7. [url=http://lugar.senate.gov/]Dick Lugar[/url]

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. [url=http://www.senate.gov/~specter/]Arlen Specter[/url]

    2 vote(s)
    10.5%
  9. [url=http://www.titan-intl.com/]Morry Taylor[/url]

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. [url=http://www-hoover.stanford.edu/bios/pwilson.html]Pete Wilson[/url]

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Tom Head

    Tom Head New Member

    ...and just to bring back those fond memories of October 1995, when there were ten Republican candidates and a sitting Democratic president, I've included clickable links.


    Cheers,
     
  2. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I voted Alexander. I supported him in both his bids. Am glad he's in the Senate now. Second choice would have been Spector.
     
  3. uncle janko

    uncle janko member

    Geez, Tom. Morry Taylor???
     
  4. roysavia

    roysavia New Member

    Definitely Bob Dole. The only candidate who endorsed VIAGRA. :D :D
     
  5. Guest

    Guest Guest

    I always believed had Ford kept Rockefeller as VP in '76 he might have won. Dole was too much of a "hatchet man," in those days. Although I was a huge Carter man, I might have vote for a Ford-Rocky ticket instead. Have always been a big Rocky fan. Am glad his nephew is Lt. Gov. of Arkansas. Hope he runs against Blanche Lincoln for U.S. Senate. Two in the poll I liked are Taylor and Keyes. Taylor was funny and added humor to the debates. Always thought he should have run for the Reform nod. Keyes is someone no one ever has to question where he stands on the issues.
     
  6. Tom Head

    Tom Head New Member

    Comparing the 1996 and 2004 candidates side by side, I can see some similarities:

    Extremely well-qualified senator with vast foreign policy experience, but not enough charisma to bring in voters: Dick Lugar or Bob Graham?

    A witty outsider who runs an essentially self-funded campaign, he keeps the debates interesting but has no real chance of getting the nomination: Morry Taylor or Al Sharpton?

    This angry, self-important congressman dedicates his entire campaign to alienating all but the most extreme members of his party while demonstrating an almost apocalyptic belief that he will somehow win the presidency: Bob Dornan or Dennis Kucinich?

    A young, moderate Southern senator with populist appeal and a self-deprecating sense of humor: Lamar Alexander or John Edwards?

    Experienced, world-weary senator and decorated combat veteran who is said to be too stiff, and always seems to end up the bridesmaid when nomination time comes around: Bob Dole or John Kerry?


    Cheers,
     
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  7. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Although I have more in common, politically, with Pat Buchanan, I voted (and did vote) for Bob Dole.

    The American public had their chance to elect an honorable man in 1996, and they blew it.
     
  8. Guest

    Guest Guest

    You must have hated living in MA under Weld, huh? I really like Mitt Romney. Shannon O'Brien was so vicious in those debates she looked bad and may have blown her chance to become governor. I like Carla Howell, too. She should be a Republican.
     
  9. Tom Head

    Tom Head New Member

    I would have probably picked Arlen Specter over Clinton, but he never had a real chance; the party was energized at that point by religious social conservatives (much as the Democratic Party is energized right now by the antiwar movement), and he is/was an openly agnostic social libertarian. Not sure I would have minded Jack Kemp, either, if he'd been running as a presidential candidate rather than a veep. I ended up voting for a Democratic candidate in my first time at the polls, and so far it's been 2-0 with a likely 3-0 next year. If Colin Powell runs in 2008, he might break that streak.


    Cheers,
     
  10. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes. No.

    Carla Howell is unelectable, no matter what party she belongs to.

    While I have some serious differences with Governor Romney, I did vote for him, and I think he's done a great job, so far.
     

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