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Describe your ideal candidate, for both parties.

Posted by on Mar. 11, 2016 at 4:09 PM
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Ground rules : you can't describe someone already standing

I want you to describe two candidates.

We've heard a lot in this election cycle about what candidates shouldn't be.   But what would you like to see?  In terms of experience, values, style and policies?

To make it fair, you have to describe two candidates, one for the Republicans and one for the Democrats.   I don't want you to demonise the party you are not part of, not to make their candidate support your policies.  Be realistic in what would appeal to voters, though you can fudge how they'd get nominated in the current climate.

To give an example, I'll go first:


Clairwil's Ideal Republican Candidate

Let's call him Jim Surimoto.

Jim is a Japanese-American, born in California to parents who are both American citizens.  Jim studied engineering at MIT before creating a startup company in Silcon Valley at the age of 25.  10 years later, he sold a majority of his shares in it to Apple, for $100 million.  He showed good leadership as CEO, and abused neither his investors nor his employees.  During this period he married and had 3 kids.   He is a Episcopalian Christian, and has never divorced.  Nobody in his family has had an abortion.    At the age of 36 he stood for Govenor and lost.  He tried again at the age of 40 and won.  Over the last 10 years he has balanced the state budget, worked across the aisle on environmental legislation, and reduced spending by cracking down on teachers unions and introducing performance related pay. 

Jim believes in individual liberty, but also personal responsibility; state rights and minimal federal government, but also an effective social safety net at state level.  He speaks well (if a little geekily), but is incredibly well organised and competent, and has hired a very good team to work on policies, speaches, PR, etc.  He works best, politically, in informal non-public gatherings of just a few key players, and is good at negotiating.  He's never flustered, angry or at a loss.  He is deadly in debate, but doesn't make it personal.  A safe pair of hands.


Clairwil's ideal Democrat Candidate

Theodore Kennedy is distinguished professor of Economics at Harvard.  His work on comparing how different countries have tried to adapt to disruptive technological and other global changes has been nominated for a Nobel Prize (though he's not won it yet), and is well regarded by economists of all stripes.  With his family money and connections, he found it easy to get elected to Congress.  He's maintained a moderate uncontraversial voting record for the last 8 years, rarely speaking except on economic issues.  He is, however, on the Budget sub committee, where he has been a notable advocate of taxation reform.

Just before the current election cycle, Theo took a sabbatical from his job, to write a book "5 bills I would like to see passed", which despite the dry title was a manifesto that caught the public's imagination and spawned many memes.  In it he detailed 5 pieces of legislation that, if passed unaltered and without added pork, would do much to not only remove the undue influence of money upon American politics, but would also simplify tax and benefits to ensure incentive to work at all income levels.  His election strategy is not just to aim for president, but to make sure that any congressmen that DON'T pledge to support the 5 bills will have their re-election opposed.

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Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 4:20 PM
You mean each party.
Clairwil
by Platinum Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 7:18 PM


Quoting Billiejeens: You mean each party.

Each party that has managed to provide a President within the last 100 years.

Billiejeens
by Emerald Member on Mar. 11, 2016 at 7:31 PM
I understand that
That's two

Both means both of them
Each means each of them.

2 widgets cost 3 dollars each or on sale both for ( a total ) of 5 dollars

Quoting Clairwil:

Quoting Billiejeens: You mean each party.

Each party that has managed to provide a President within the last 100 years.

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