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Mideast Assemblyman Ben
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« on: January 10, 2009, 09:11:26 pm »
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So, in your opinion, what election had the best group of candidates running for President?  You can define that by the primaries, the convention (pre 1972), or by the general election.  I'm inclined to say 1976, based on the great Democratic field.
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« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2009, 11:48:54 pm »
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I would say 2008.  Every election cycle it seems as if we have to pick the lesser of two evils.  Last year (2008) was better, but still not great.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2009, 12:59:44 am »
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2009, 05:45:03 am »
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1912! Epic showdown.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2009, 10:44:25 pm »
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1980 had an all-star field for both parties:

Sitting President
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The Liberal Lion
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The Great Communicator
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I'll leave it to you to label all of those.
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« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2009, 11:33:09 am »
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1792 wasn't bad either.
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« Reply #6 on: January 14, 2009, 01:57:04 pm »
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No election until 1836 was
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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2009, 02:35:48 pm »
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In recent times 2008, 1996, 1992.
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« Reply #8 on: January 14, 2009, 03:45:05 pm »
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     1792 was indeed another good one. Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2009, 04:56:59 pm »
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I think I would have absolutely loved 1980 and even 1976. 1976 would have been hard for me though since I have a great appreciation for both Reagan and Ford.
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« Reply #10 on: January 14, 2009, 09:58:25 pm »
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1912 of course.
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« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2009, 09:38:02 am »
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I'm going to have to go with 1992. Perot and Clinton in one year sounds pretty good to me.
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« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2009, 03:21:27 am »
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In recent times 2008, 1996, 1992.

The general election candidates in '96 were fine, certainly...but the primary candidates?  Apart from Dole, the Republican primary field was simply pathetic.
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« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2009, 06:05:45 am »
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In recent times 2008, 1996, 1992.

The general election candidates in '96 were fine, certainly...but the primary candidates?  Apart from Dole, the Republican primary field was simply pathetic.

It was certainly a diverse and interesting field... kind of a celebrity showcase of Republicans who had no business running for President (apart from Dole, of course). It may not have been a great field, but it was fun.
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« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2009, 07:16:18 pm »
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1912, 1976, 1968
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« Reply #15 on: January 24, 2009, 07:18:13 pm »
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1940-1956 weren't bad
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« Reply #16 on: February 21, 2009, 11:28:27 am »
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1912 and 1992; there were three candidates in each election, including an incumbent President who lost.

1912 was the ultimate, including a fairly-good incumbent President who created no problems, a great ex-President (TR) who still had much to offer, and the winner Woodrow Wilson.

1968? If only Wallace hadn't been a racist.

Perot wasn't TR, but there is no question that had he won he would have left his mark. Perot won more popular votes than any 3rd Party candidate ever, and proportionally more than any since TR (but no electoral votes -- very different from racists Thurmond and Wallace who had their support concentrated in "Kukluxistan". That's a smear of the South then -- not now). 
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« Reply #17 on: February 22, 2009, 12:25:01 pm »
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1896 ( with two very modern candidates ), 1912 ( with the clash of progressivisms : Wilson vs Roosevelt ), 1960 ( A passionating and hardly-fought campaign ), 1976 ( two honest and moderate candidates ), 2000 ( if you put McCain at the place of Bush ).
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« Reply #18 on: February 26, 2009, 08:11:30 pm »
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1912, 1972, 2008.
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« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2009, 06:33:21 pm »
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2008.

I actually think 2008 was a bad year.  None of the candidates were particularly great on either side, in the primaries or in the general.
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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2009, 01:34:20 pm »
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2008.

I actually think 2008 was a bad year.  None of the candidates were particularly great on either side, in the primaries or in the general.

Really? that's kind of why I liked it. And if you look at all the major republican candidates, none of them were true conservatives (minus Thompson) so it was kind of funny to watch them pander to the base massivly.

For the Democrats, It was boring and lasted too long. I only enjoyed it in the beginning, and was hoping this struggle would go all the way to the convention.
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« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2009, 01:48:01 pm »
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2008.

I actually think 2008 was a bad year.  None of the candidates were particularly great on either side, in the primaries or in the general.

Really? that's kind of why I liked it. And if you look at all the major republican candidates, none of them were true conservatives (minus Thompson) so it was kind of funny to watch them pander to the base massivly.

For the Democrats, It was boring and lasted too long. I only enjoyed it in the beginning, and was hoping this struggle would go all the way to the convention.

It was certainly an interesting primary season, but the candidates weren't all that good.  Some years, like 1976, saw a collection of great candidates run for President; that was lacking in 2008, I thought.
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« Reply #22 on: August 06, 2009, 10:24:11 pm »
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1980.
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« Reply #23 on: August 06, 2009, 11:32:00 pm »
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I would say 2008.  Every election cycle it seems as if we have to pick the lesser of two evils.  Last year (2008) was better, but still not great.

2008 had the best selection of candidates in any election since at least 1956, and probably the best we're likely to have in any election while I'm alive.
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« Reply #24 on: August 07, 2009, 01:50:27 am »
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1948 and 1960, I guess. I don't think I could be undecided in any election. Too many concrete differences between the candidates.
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