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The 2008 Presidential Candidate for You (Wednesday, June 20, 2007)

The election season is starting to gear up, and I think it is once again time to pull out the 2008 Presidential Candidate Selector from SelectSmart.com. This site lets you enter your opinion on twenty-five issues, along with how important that issue is to you, and then matches you against the twenty-six candidates (so far) that are expected to be competing for the Presidency in 2008.

In addition to the selector, the site provides details on each candidate along with sources for their information. The site says they accept feedback from the candidates to make sure that all of the information is accurate. While no site can ever be truly impartial, SelectSmart.com seems to be making a good effort at it.

As usual, my strange opinions mean that the top two candidates only match my positions 71 and 72 percent of the time — it is difficult to find a candidate who wants universal health care and supports gay rights... but who wants the privatization or elimination of social security and is opposed to gun control. But that's okay, I'm willing to compromise, and at least it seems there are good choices this time and not just the lesser of evils.

There were several things I was happy to note. I've been leaning towards Barack Obama, and it pleased me to see that he found the number two spot on my list and beat Hillary Clinton by a good eight percent. Dennis Kucinich got the top spot, and while I think he's got some great ideas, I'm not sure about the practicality of those ideas, nor his electability. It was also reassuring to note that the Republicans were all fairly close to the bottom of the list, and that despite some of my more conservative leanings, I am voting the right way.

If you're not sure what candidate to support — or if you want to make sure the candidate you've chosen is actually representing your views, check out the candidate selector, and see how your candidate fares. I'm curious about your results, so leave a comment with your top two or three candidates.

—Brian (6/20/2007 10:32 AM)
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