Sunday, February 18, 2007

Presidential Horse Race - Hillary Clinton/Rudy Giuliani

I enjoy listening to political debate as much as the next person, but in recent times the various campaigns for President of the United States have been getting started earlier every single time. The Presidential campaign of 2008 is continuing that early start tradition with more than a dozen different candidates already announcing their intention to run for the office of President of the United States. According to most pundits, the general election race in November of 2008 will be a match up between Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani. For once I tend to agree with the pundits and a presidential race between these two, larger than life, candidates would be an enjoyable experience for me.

Other possible contenders will try and convince the American people that they have what it takes to lead the US in the right direction. Among those candidates will be Barak Obama and John McCain, but I believe both of these men are second tier players right now because of different reason. Obama is going to have a difficult time getting the Democratic nomination because he is too liberal even for most hard-core liberal Democrats. John McCain will have problems because he will be seen as a less than sincere candidate on conservative issues because of his “flip flop” on these issues after he decided to seek the presidency once again in 2008.

What I like best about a Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani race for the White House will be that no matter which candidate ultimately prevails and becomes the President of the United States, the country will not be lead by an extremist. Extreme ideology has caused major problems for the US over the past few decades as liberals and conservatives have turned the well being of the United States into a blame game where all bad things that happen to the country are the other party’s fault.

Real results and effective government are only found in the middle ground of political debate. It is understandable why many people decide to chose up side and blame all the worlds problems on someone else, but this attitude does not solve problems. In order to solve a problem, ideas from all side must be debated and a real compromise must be reached before good public policy can be found. In recent years, both liberals and conservatives have looked upon the word compromise as a bad word.

I believe that both Hillary Clinton and Rudy Giuliani will lead the United States from a politically centrist point of view and that leadership will be good for the vast majority of Americans that consider themselves moderates. In many ways, President George W. Bush has caused the destruction of the conservative movement in the US and he will be remembered for that in the years to come. Until President Bush and Republican leaders in Congress decided that the government should intervene with Terri Schiavo, I also considered myself a conservative.

The United States of America has found a way to correct mistake over the years and I believe our country will do the same thing again when election day finally arrives in 2008. With the possibility of two moderate candidates seeking the office of President of the United States, the American people will be the winners to matter which candidate ultimately is elected President.

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