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General Election Prep Tips For Political Junkies: Part I

The Fourth of July Summer break is the perfect time to gear up for the Fall's sure-to-be-whirlwind presidential campaign. I have a couple of tips for you on how to transition from the hectic primary season to the general campaign marathon. They should help the entrenched supporter as well as the undecided voter.

  • Tip #1: Pick up the candidates' books. Let Barack Obama and John McCain tell you their stories. McCain's well-received Faith of My Fathers ends with his release from POW camp. You might also consider McCain's Hard Call: The Art of Great Decisions. Obama, also down with the father-title theme, has put out Dreams of My Father (a memoir about race and community) and The Audacity of Hope (a book about his vision for America). The books were written before McCain and Obama could predict the twists and turns of this campaign season, so they offer a relatively unfiltered account of their lives and world views.
  • Tip #2: Mix up your news source. It's always good to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. So conservatives pick up a NY Times and you libs flip to Fox News. If you read the New York Times surf on over to the Wall Street Journal. Trade in Anderson Cooper for Keith Olbermann one night. Not only could you see what your political opponents have to say, you may also learn something new. Of course, come back to CitizenSugar and share your new perspective with all of us!

I'll have more tips for you all tomorrow, so check back!

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