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I'm Voting for Obama Because...
C.J. Hayden

I'm voting for Obama because I believe in hope. I believe that people inspired by the promise of a brighter future can accomplish great deeds despite all obstacles in their path. I believe that an Obama presidency could fan the sparks of hope in America into a flame, and fuel the positive change our country so desperately needs.

I'm voting for Obama because I haven't been inspired by a presidential candidate since John F. Kennedy, and given my age, that means I've never before been inspired by a presidential candidate I could actually vote for.

I'm voting for Obama because old white men have been running this country for far too long, and they've made a real mess of it. I'd like to see if a young black man can do a better job. And I'd like to send a message to the world that America is not just a land made up of old white men.

I'm voting for Obama because I'm tired of hearing politicians answer questions by simply reciting the words their staff wrote for them. I want a president with the courage to state what he truly believes, even when that means he must tell us "there are no easy answers."

I'm voting for Obama because there's enough negativity and pessimism in the world already. I want to live in a country whose leader is not just a confirmed optimist, but an admitted idealist. I want my president to hold himself, and all of us, to a higher standard. I want to hear about everything this country could become, not just everything that's wrong with it.

I'm voting for Obama not because he is a Democrat, or a liberal, or pro-choice, or anti-war, but because Barack Obama is a leader. And in an America that has lost its way, what we need is a leader who can give us hope about the future, tell us the truth about the path ahead of us, and inspire us to be the greatest we can be.

Why Barack Obama Can Beat John McCain... and Hillary Clinton Can't
Dave Herninko and C.J. Hayden

Democrats around the country are divided about who should get their party's nomination in 2008. One of Hillary Clinton's recurring talking points has been that she is the more electable candidate, while Obama appeals only to dreamers and young people. But we feel that the reverse is true. Here are five reasons why Obama is the Democrats' best hope to beat John McCain in this fall's election.

1. Hillary Clinton is a known quantity. Most voters' opinions of her are already etched in stone. They know what they think about her, and if they don't like her, they won't vote for her. There are few undecided voters where Clinton is concerned.

Barack Obama is a new face to many voters. He still has the opportunity to win over those people who haven't gotten to know him yet. This gives him a powerful edge with the independent voters who will decide the most crucial states to win this election.

2. Obama is inspiring many people who would otherwise not vote at all, as evidenced by the dramatic first-time voter turnout in the primaries. These new voters are young people, African Americans, and college graduates who have stayed away from the polls because they are fed up with the status quo.

If Clinton gets the nomination, these disaffected voters will tell themselves, "just more business as usual," and simply not vote.

3. If Clinton is nominated, there are 25 red states in the Midwest, Rocky Mountains, and Deep South where she doesn't have a chance to win electoral votes. Obama, on the other hand, claims there are no red states and blue states, only the United States. His primary victories in states like Kansas, Colorado, and Georgia prove his popularity in the so-called red zone.

Because Obama has the power to compete in these states, McCain will have to spend time and money to fight him there. If Clinton is nominated, McCain's victory in these states will be a foregone conclusion, and he'll be able to pour all his resources into campaigning elsewhere.

4. Obama has opposed the war in Iraq from the outset, while Clinton voted for it. A majority of the American people support full withdrawal from Iraq, and want a candidate who can take a stand against the war. Clinton's past support for the war contrasted with her current position opposing it has created distrust in the minds of anti-war voters, while Obama's record against the war is clear.

5. In capturing the critical independent vote, McCain will have more appeal to many independents than Clinton. McCain has a strong reputation as an independent who has opposed the Bush administration on tax cuts, sending more troops to Iraq, and the torture and abuse in Abu Ghraib prison.

By many, McCain is not perceived as a partisan Republican, while rightly or wrongly, many perceive Clinton as a partisan Democrat. Obama can compete head-to-head with McCain for the independent vote, while Clinton cannot.

If you want to see a Democrat in the White House, Barack Obama is the candidate that deserves your primary vote, and the Democratic party's nomination.

Copyright © 2008 Dave Herninko & C.J. Hayden

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