This week in Mobile, Alabama; Presidential hopeful, Dr. Ben Carson visited several venues and interviewed with local media on his second trip to the Port City to garner support from potential Republican primary voters for the 2016 Presidential election. Dr. Carson’s visit was preceded by a visit from fellow GOP candidate Donald Trump several months ago.
Mobile, Alabama voters have been given several chances to form opinions and make their preliminary choices in the Republican field running for the highest office in the land. Democratic hopeful, Sen. Bernie Sanders appeared in Mobile in July at the University of South Alabama via a live webcast.
Of course, all of America has been given the chance to view the entire field of candidates through a series of televised debates.
Back in 2008, I gave my readers a link to a handy “Presidential Calculator, to assist you with making a choice in that Presidential race. The Calculator was offered by a website called VAJOE(later AllMilitary Dot Com)
At the time, the VAJOE Presidential Calculator offered a great service and was linked by top websites and media throughout the Internet.
“The Presidential Calculator gives you a list of 24 top issues in the 2008 campaign. The issues range from Abortion Rights and Assault Weapons Ban to The Fair Tax and Internet Neutrality. You pick your stand on each issue and gauge its importance to you. If you are unsure of your stance, you can read a very well written, yet brief summary of the issue and objective views “for” or “against” the topic. Then you have the calculator match you to the candidate that best supports and defends your interests.”
Unfortunately, the “Innerwebs” no longer offer that site. But fear not, I found another in 2012 for that year’s election (OTRWD was not available for that election) and the site I found is still available for the upcoming 2016 election.
ISideWith offers an in-depth questionnaire asking a variety of questions on different issues, and although unlike the former site, it does not offer a brief summary of each issue on each question during the time of the questionnaire–it does have news, polls and data regarding each issue. The site is non-partisan and does not accept money from any political organization.
And for those, (like me) that often complain about questionnaires for “I don’t like how that question is set up or worded”, you are allowed to view other stances that broaden, narrow, or clarify your exact stance on an issue.
I encourage all my readers to visit ISideWith and take the test to see how your views match up with the list of candidates. You could be surprised by the results. I found out that I side 92% with a Democratic candidate, (which I thought was likely) but also 58% with a GOP office-seeker. Who’d a thunk it?
And, as I said those many years ago, you shouldn’t let the quiz TELL you who to vote for; but it does give you the percentages of what candidates best suit you. From there, you can do further research on the candidate. Also remember, the field is pretty wide this early in the campaigns, so you may need to modify your choices and selection as November 2016 draws closer.
In the meantime, feel free to leave me a comment on what candidates were best suited to you from “ISideWith”.
“Getting Political” is a semi-regular feature of “On The Road With Dave”. While Dave is no political pundit by any stretch of the imagination; “Getting Political” allows him to stretch that imagination.
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