I suppose it would depend on the context and where the candidate stands on other issues. On this tragedy alone, no, I can't say that it makes for much of a platform, but if it fits in as an example of some policy that he or she believes in, then I'd listen, but I doubt that it would have much weight on my decision. There are so many other issues facing us, that while this tragedy can add to the conversation on several subjects, in and of itself, it's not something that would make or break my vote.
Answer by jsbenkert at 7:13 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
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Answer by Sisteract at 7:29 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
You mean like Obama... his whole speech the other day sounded like the start of political campaign... It was a freakin memorial service... I felt like I was listening to a campaign speech... I am just not a fan of politicians... any politician!!
Answer by Crafty26 at 7:31 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
I would really prefer if they didn't. There are plenty of other ways to discuss policy without bringing a situation that has nothing to do with it into the mix. For instance, I don't want my elected officials or even candidates running for the nomination to discuss any change to the second amendment. As for policy change regarding mental illness and observation, diagnosis, treatment and the like I would imagine would be a state issue and therefore my Senator and Congressman would discuss that. I don't know that anything could or should be changed in that case, it seems as though any direction is a slippery slope.
So I guess I would have to answer with No, I prefer that they avoid that subject.
Answer by QuinnMae at 7:39 PM on Jan. 15, 2011
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