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What Do You Think?

February 18, 2008

Editor's note: Each week, The Herald-Mail invites readers to answer poll questions on its Web site, www.herald-mail.com. Readers also may submit comments about the poll question when voting. Each Sunday, a sampling of edited reader comments will run in The Herald-Mail.

Last week's poll question was: Which candidate will get your vote in Tuesday's presidential primary?

"McCain wants to allow 14 million illegals to stay free of charge in our USA while we struggle to keep our jobs and food on the table. No way Jose! McCain is also a hothead who will not listen to the outcry of the American people. Anybody but McCain."

"I picked McCain. He would not be my first choice, but Romney has dropped out. Neither Clinton nor Obama will not make a good commander in chief and I do believe there is a high risk we will be hit again. They have so far not succeeded, but not for trying. I do not like McCain's stance on illegals, but he makes me feel safer. Hillary and Obama will have to raise taxes to get their socialist health insurance paid for and when we leave the Middle East, which can cost us an oil source we will pay more. The economy is under strain right now, so we run a risk of further decline if we choose the wrong person. Huckabee will never get rid of the IRS. Let's keep it real and he has no chance of getting the nomination. Obama has the best personality, but lacks in experience and scares me when I think about his comment about invading Pakistan to get bin Laden. With talk like that, I fear for our military and our country. Clinton does not seem trustworthy."

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"Obama will win Maryland! I'd bet on it."

"Huckabee has the best chance of winning in the general, but it's going to be an uphill climb to get him there. He is the best solid conservative and has a proven track record of holding the reins of government well. The FairTax CAN HAPPEN and stands its best shot with Huckabee behind the microphone."

"Does anyone actually look at the agenda of the candidates!! Is it government's role to support YOU OR is it the government's job to protect you? Do YOU consider yourself an adult and you would like to manage YOUR OWN money!! Is the government your FIRST choice for health care or manager of your retirement account? Would YOU like to take the $8,000 per child and YOU choose where your child goes to school? DEMOCRAT OR REPUBLICAN ... it's really not that difficult, is it?"

"Do we really want the government to TAKE MORE MONEY FROM OUR PAYCHECK??? Who will pay for Obama or Hillary's idea of GOVERNMENT??? SOMEONE WILL??? Do you think the rich upper class will or will it be YOU the middle class??? IT TAKES SOMEONE'S MONEY TO PAY FOR ALL THIS!!! One party talks about cutting and the other talks about raising ... THERE IS A HUGE DIFFERENCE!!!"

"It's too bad the Maryland primary isn't held earlier in the process. The three candidates I really felt enthused about and whom I felt would do a good job (Richardson, Edwards and Romney) have all dropped out. Now I am left to choose between Clinton and Obama because I was turned off of McCain when he parodied the Beach Boys song at one event and say 'Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran.' This was on CNN and I think it shows a severe lack of judgment."

"Mike Huckabee has my vote!!! I can't imagine (after reading and listening to the issues) anyone but him as president. The other candidates scare me, to put it mildly! If you read the voter guide, the Democrats are against everything and anything moral. Mitt Romney was next in line on the Republican side who could have passed for a Democrat. I agree with Mr. Huckabee on every issue. I love the idea of doing away with the IRS and going to a straight tax. Can you picture a country where everyone pays the same tax by what you buy? Who wouldn't think that makes sense? Imagine April 15 is like any other day ..."

"Obama is the smartest and most capable candidate. And -- Hillary can't win the general election in November."

"Obama's idea of change ... translated is less change in all of our pockets. Both of the Democratic candidates will have to increase taxes in order to pay for all the things they will do to supposedly help all of us. Sadly, McCain is not the solution either. Romney looked like our only chance to have a president who would be against tax increases and try to cut spending."

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