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Honesty Trumps Policy


Dueling candidates of choice for some N.H. voters. (AP)

By Juliet Eilperin
NASHUA, N.H. -- Several voters here said they had just one criteria for their candidate of choice: honesty. For most of them, that means either John McCain or Barack Obama.

Nashua residents David Merrill -- a registered independent -- and his wife Rose Marie, a Democrat, said they're going for the candidates they see as least sullied by Washington. For David, that's McCain, and for Rose Marie, it's Obama.

"I think he's a very honest, upright man," Rose Marie Merrill said, adding that she might consider backing McCain, her husband's pick, in the general election. "I think he's honest -- and if he isn't, I'm going to pelt him," she said, laughing.

John Mihok, a registered Republican, was hoping to vote for Obama as well, because he sees him as "a very genuine and honest guy." But told an earlier vote as an independent didn't give him the chance to vote on the Democratic line, he opted for Rep. Ron Paul, "just because I like his stance on Iraq." Paul, he added, also seems like "a genuine, honest guy. For me, the big thing is being honest and genuine."

Still, Paul was a distant second choice for Mihok. "It's kind of a bummer," he said, as he left the polling station parking lot. "I wanted to vote for Obama."

By Web Politics Editor  |  January 8, 2008; 3:28 PM ET
 
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McCain is an American Hero, however, he's a politician now who won't hesitate to twist history or reality to leverage votes to his favor. I've seen this in his debates, especially when he calls Ron Paul's message of non-intervention one of isolationism. The same brand of isolationism that prevented American from stopping NAZI Germany early on. It really is disgusting. We need to get out of Iraq and stop meddling in the middle east now. McCain just won't do this. This proves more and more that he's just part of the BUSH camp.

Ron Paul 2008

Posted by: a6mech | January 8, 2008 7:02 PM | Report abuse

If honesty and integrity is the measure then Ron Paul would be the obvious choice.

Ron Paul is the only candidate that I would trust my money and my family's safety with.

His positions are a bit more difficult to understand fully but they are born out of reason and rational.

If you are easily led you will listen to the opinions of others.

I you are a True American you will research him for yourself. The constitution is his platform.

I Vote For Virtue; I Vote For Ron Paul.

Posted by: PainfullyAware | January 8, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who believes they can judge the honesty or integrity of a perfect stranger is mistaken.

Posted by: zukermand | January 8, 2008 5:14 PM | Report abuse

"Honesty Trumps Policy"

The word I would use is 'Integrity'.

Posted by: bsimon | January 8, 2008 4:19 PM | Report abuse

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