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Who do you think is the right choice for president and why?

The one issue that gets debated on frequently is politics, so what are your thoughts on the 2012 race?
Who won which debates? Who has the best ideas?
are the third party candidates a good option?

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  • Nov 2 2012: The point I'm making is that he's only had four years, and that is not enough time for anyone to recover from the Bush Administration
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      Nov 2 2012: I agree Ryan,
      The MESS Obama stepped into could never be totally changed in one term, ESPECIALLY with the political agendas of many of our representatives. Obama presented something different from the Bush administration, which is why he was elected, and he is working toward that goal....hopefully for another term:>)
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        Nov 2 2012: A direct quotation taken in context cannot be considered twisting someone's words. Not guilty.
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          Nov 2 2012: Taken in context....those are the operative words...you apparently forgot to use the rest of Ryan's statement.
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        Nov 2 2012: Here is the full text: "Obama has made a very small dent inside American society, don't forget he was handed a terrible economy by Bush," I see a campaign slogan in those exact words, don't you? Vote for Obama because "He has made a very small dent!" .Or, how about another exact in-context quote: "The correct answer is that Obama is the best choice for president because even though he hasn't done much for this country,. . . ". Surely you see the powerful campaign slogan in that exact, in-context quote? "Vote for Obama even though he hasn't done much for this country!" And who could pass this one by? "Obama is more truthful than Romney though, not saying Obama never lies,. . . : " I'm not saying he never lies, but vote for Obama." All verbatim, in-context quotations. No twisting of words. Not guilty.
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          Nov 2 2012: Edward,
          You have made your choice clear. How about being respectful of other people's choices?
        • Nov 2 2012: but you misunderstood the context of my statements, as no one one who is a citizen of the USA could possibly have accomplished a total recovery from the Economy plunging in the Bush Administration, I know I'm reiterating a lot but the fact that you see my statements as campaign slogans for the GOP campaign calls for it!
      • Nov 2 2012: @Coleen thank you
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          Nov 2 2012: You are welcome Ryan,
          I notice from your profile that you are relatively new on TED, and perhaps a young student? I was not going to participate in this discussion, until it appeared that you were being bullied.

          Welcome to TED, and I sincerely hope you continue to participate:>)
      • Nov 2 2012: I am new to TED and I am a freshman in college, I started watching talks here for my courses in college classes and see it as a great tool. I have only been bullied in Middle School but have never been since. I plan to continue participating on TED as much as possible, as I get great information from here.
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      Nov 2 2012: Wow! The great slogans just keep coming! " Vote for Obama in '08 and '12 because he won't be able to lead us to recovery with just one term."
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        Nov 2 2012: Edward,
        You have made your choice clear. How about being respectful of other people's choices?
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          Nov 2 2012: Am I free to go? Have the charges of twisting words you accused me of been dropped? Please practice you moderator skills on someone else. TED folks will bust my chops if necessary. Thank you!
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        Nov 2 2012: Edward,
        It is not a secret that when people do not agree with you, you get testy. I am simply another TED participant respectfully asking you to be respectful of other people's choices and comments.
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          Nov 2 2012: You are not the judge of disrespect. TED Moderators are. I am engaging in on-topic conversation of a somewhat highly-charged tenor. At no time have I been disrepectful. If your remark about bullying is directed at some particular individual(s) you should flag those as inappropriate and let the TED folks determine the appropriateness of such a serious accusation. Please don't assess my personality traits. Thus far you have accused me of twisting another's words to suit my argument; of being testy; of being disrepectful; and , most grievously, I suspect you are accusing me of bullying. I would like you to stop accusing me. For the record I wish to be excluded from off-topic sessions not directly contributing to posted questions, ideas, or debates. If you have a problem with my conduct please take it up with TED Administrators. Thank You.
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        Nov 2 2012: You are "right" Edward....I am not the judge of anything. You do, however, twist comments to try to make them "fit" your perspective.....I can vouch for that! I totally agree....off topic is not good.
        BTW...your last couple comments to Ryan were much more appealing and respectful:>)
      • Nov 5 2012: Romney said he'd turn the economy around in 8 to 10 years. What's wrong with Obama saying he'd do it in 8 to 10 years.
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          Nov 5 2012: Citation please.
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          Nov 5 2012: I think that's perfectly fine Ryan. I thought Romney said he is going to turn the economy around immediately..........oh...........I forgot..........he contradicts himself regularly!
      • Nov 6 2012: Sorry, I can't reply any further on the other thread of comments. You asked for a citation of Romney saying he would balance the budget in 8 to 10 years.

        http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/48959273/ns/meet_the_press-transcripts/t/september-mitt-romney-ann-romney-julian-castro-peggy-noonan-ej-dionne-bill-bennett-chuck-todd/#.UJhamG9E6nc

        "I'll balance the budget by the end of my second term. Doing it in the first term would cause, I believe, a-- a dramatic impact on the economy. Too-- too dramatic. And therefore the steps I've put in place and we've put together a plan that lays out how we get to a balanced budget within eight to 10 years."
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          Nov 6 2012: Thank you for the link. I trust it was an honest mistake on your part to not recognize the HUGE difference between "turning the economy around" and balancing the budget. They are related actions, but of vastly different magnitude. Paying down $16 trillion in debt (53% more than when Obama took office) is a momumental task. Turning the economy around can be acheived in much less time than needed to balance the budget. Romney knows how to do it from experience.

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