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General Election Prep Tips for Political Junkies: Part II

Yesterday I suggested that undecided voters and staunch supporters alike add Barack Obama's and John McCain's books to their summer reading lists, while mixing up their campaign information sources. Here are some other tips for surviving the marathon general election campaign.

  • Tip #3: Articulate questions you would want to ask the candidates. And then try to listen for or search out the answers in the swell of media coverage. This way you write your own campaign narrative, without being a hostage of the sensationalized media. Sources that will help you include: Fact Check and On the Issues.
  • Tip #4: Define why you like your candidate in positive terms. If you're passionate, and want to convince your undecided peers to support your guy, they'll be more receptive if you share why you're excited about one candidate, instead of attacking the other guy. Figure out a couple of concrete accomplishments that make you want to vote for McCain or Obama.

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janneth janneth 8 years
That fact check website is amazing.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
Oops, sorry for the miscode. ^^
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
And might I add, "Define why you like your candidate in positive and concrete>/i> terms." So often I hear things like "s/he says" or s/he believes". I want to know what the candidate has actually done, and what solid (and factually supported) policy statements s/he has made. I don't want to hear vague promises and platitudes from any side in a debate.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
And might I add, "Define why you like your candidate in positive <i>and concrete>/i> terms." So often I hear things like "s/he says" or s/he believes". I want to know what the candidate has actually done, and what solid (and factually supported) policy statements s/he has made. I don't want to hear vague promises and platitudes from <i>any</i> side in a debate.
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