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Who was the candidate?

Sunday, March 23, 2008

So, after spending Thursday afternoon in Terre Haute, one might wonder: What was it like to cover a presidential candidate so close to the area?

Well, that's what this column is intended for.

Of course, as a journalist, I have to remain objective when it comes to my political beliefs.

I was in Terre Haute at the Saratoga Restaurant specifically to cover the event, not in any way to show support.

I arrived at the event at 6:20 a.m. and a line of supporters had already formed.

To my luck, several of the supporters were from Brazil, so I immediately began talking to them about their support and the experience.

That made the trip worthwhile.

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrived at the restaurant close to 10 a.m. to a large crowd of enthusiastic supporters.

The supporters who could not get into the restaurant lined Wabash Avenue and cheered her on as her caravan arrived.

Clinton then made her way through the restaurant crowd and found a spot in the second room to sit, where media representatives had been placed.

She -- along with Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind, and a Terre Haute native) discussed several issues with the crowd.

As the event continued, however, it became difficult to figure out who was there running for president.

Was it Clinton or was it Bayh?

As the discussions progressed, it became clear -- to me at least -- that Clinton may have been somewhat unprepared.

Throughout the townhall discussion, Bayh threw in his opinions, often providing segues to the next topic, which was one of the same talking points Clinton has discussed throughout her campaign.

Some may think this is an opportunity to bash Clinton.

Not so. Actually, I intend to bash all three candidates. It just so happens that I've only had the opportunity to see one of them close up.

Throughout her campaign, Clinton has been chastized as not being personal.

She showed me a personal side Thursday in Terre Haute, albeit a small one.

She did, however, at times, appear to be ready to head to the next stop, which was Anderson.

Clinton did show off her strong side Thursday, coming out to speak to the supporters who did not get a chance to see her inside the restaurant.

They had set up outside behind the building and listened to her talk to the crowd inside through a sound system.

It was a thrilling moment to be able to cover a presidential candidate so close to my backyard. I didn't mind getting up so early to head over to the event.

But after seeing the whole thing play out, I really wondered who was running?

I have become increasingly irritated with all three candidates, as they often appear to only be interested in the same campaign speeches.

Am I a conservative??A liberal?

Neither. I consider myself a moderate. I find good points on both the Republican and Democrat side.

But I'm still not convinced that any of the three candidates are prepared to be President of the United States.

Sure, Clinton has experience. She spent eight years in the White House. But recent papers released show she didn't spend as much time dealing with international affairs as she has said.

In contrast, Barack Obama, her Democratic opponent, doesn't have all the experience that may be necessary to be president.

In addition, Republican candidate John McCain is starting to look more and more like a clone of the current administration.

As I've said before, and I'm sure I'll continue saying this, one may be voting for the lesser of two evils in November.

If these three are the best candidates America has, well, I just don't know.

Trouble? Doubtful.

But this election looks like it's shaping up exactly the same as 2004. Another vote for the lesser of two evils, where neither candidate truly deserves to be elected.

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Myself, I was excited to learn of Hillary Clinton's visit to Indiana. My father had the priviledge of meeting her husband when he ran (and yes, Evan was at Bill Clinton's side calling the shots). The appearance of Evan being the one who was running is Evan being Evan...he is not remotely close to the man his father Birch was and he will never come close. I'm surprised, if the commentary is true, that Mrs. Clinton didn't politely tell him she can handle herself but then that would be a death sentence in Terre Haute. I guess she did the right thing by letting Evan handle things.

Folks, wake up and smell the coffee. Hillary Clinton is the only candidate remotely prepared to run this country and put our economy on track. Mrs. Clinton is not young, good looking, or a great motivational speaker like Obama. Barack's appeal is only our belief that things can get better but remember if he get's to the White House there is no more "we" but only an "I".

-- Posted by Bestmathprof on Mon, Mar 24, 2008, at 6:24 PM

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