I was looking back through the blog and found an interview with questions asked by my friend Jen from April 2007. She asked and I replied:
You said you're going to start to get political on your new Maria-Only blog. If you could meet with one of the 2008 presidential candidates to find out who/what they're about, who would you choose? You can ask five questions which they have to answer completely and honestly (The fairies from above sprinkled a little truth dust!) What do you want to know?
No Republican has declared that I would consider voting for, so they are all immediately eliminated. Of the Democratic candidates, Edwards, Clinton and Obama are the "front runners" in my opinion, and I would want to meet with someone who has a chance, so I could really get a feel for them and their agenda. Therefore, I would pick one of those three.
I have read Senator Clinton's book, and feel that I know quite a bit about her, though I am a little disappointed in her campaign so far. I like detailed plans...and she is being far to PC/general for my tastes. Of course, a good candidate would be, because the President doesn't really get much done without Congress's support. I feel like I learned a lot about her though from her book, so I would pass on her for now, but if I could meet with her, I would pounce on the chance like a kitten on a mouse!
Mr. Edwards has gone beyond expressing ideas and developed some great plans-- assuming he has an agreeable congress, I would look forward to some of his policies becoming law. If he can keep himself together, I think he could be a fine president. I would pass this time on choosing him, because he has been expressing himself so well already.
I would pick Barack Obama. To me, he is the dark horse-- the one I know least about and would love to pick his brain. He seems like a really interesting person, and because I have my fairy dust, I know I could get honest answers to the tough questions. I would REALLY like to know what he thinks about some of the issues.
I want to know:
- What specifically is your plan for fixing America's healthcare system?
- How do you intend to clean up the mess that Bush created with Iraq? When and/or under what circumstances can we expect to welcome our soldiers home?
- Describe the importance of world perception and acceptance of the U.S. and its policies, and what do you intend to do to repair the U.S.'s image abroad?
- The Supreme Court recently upheld a law regarding a controversial form of abortion without a clause to save the life of the mother. How do you feel about this decision strictly from a policy perspective? Is the life of a woman less important than the life of a fetus? If you could rewrite/write the U.S. policy on abortion, what would it be?
- How do you plan on working with Congress to accomplish your agenda? How willing are you to compromise your ideas for the betterment of the nation?