Presidential Picks Site

I’d been looking for a way to determine my alignment with particular candidates on the issues in the 2008 election cycle. Thanks to this table at 2decide.com, we’ve got a good way to see where the various candidates sit on the issues!

But what would be even easier? That’s right — if I could input my issue preferences and let the computer rank the candidates in the order they agree with me. 🙂

Well, thanks to this site, that’s exactly what you can do! The topics listed under the ones I agree with more than I don’t (ie – those with positive # instead of negative #) are those topics on which we disagree. Now, it’s obviously not perfect, as it doesn’t encapsulate any of the nuance of the various issue positions — universal healthcare is not universal healthcare… uh… universally, for instance. But it’s still a fun exercise, and it reminds me that I really am in the progressive wing of the party. Listening to Thom Hartmann’s show a few weeks back, I got quite a kick out of how Kucinich cleaned up in his straw poll; but he’s effectively a non-starter in the national primaries. Shame.


My results:

Kucinich 63
  No Child Left Behind, Net Neutrality
Gravel 56
  (you have no disagreements with this candidate)
Obama 31
  Patriot Act, Border Fence, Net Neutrality, Iran Sanctions, Same-Sex Marriage
Clinton 31
  Death Penalty, No Child Left Behind, Patriot Act, Border Fence, Net Neutrality, Iran Sanctions, Iran – Military Action, Same-Sex Marriage
Edwards 30
  Death Penalty, No Child Left Behind, Patriot Act, Net Neutrality, Iran Sanctions, Iran – Military Action, Same-Sex Marriage
Dodd 29
  Death Penalty, No Child Left Behind, Patriot Act, Border Fence, Net Neutrality, Iran Sanctions, Iran – Military Action
Richardson 26
  Death Penalty, Assault Weapons Ban, Patriot Act, Net Neutrality, Iran Sanctions, Iran – Military Action, Same-Sex Marriage
Biden 24
  Death Penalty, No Child Left Behind, Patriot Act, Border Fence, Net Neutrality, Iran Sanctions, Same-Sex Marriage
Paul 11
  Abortion Rights, Embryonic Stem Cells, ANWR Drilling, Kyoto, Assault Weapons Ban, Guns – Background Checks, Citizenship Path for Illegals, Border Fence, Minimum Wage Increase, Same-Sex Marriage, Universal Healthcare
McCain -9
Thompson -13
Giuliani -23
Brownback -31
Cox -32
Huckabee -46
Tancredo -59
Romney -61
Hunter -63

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