As an independant, I look for indication(s) which convince me that the candidate
1.) has REAL plans that are ATTAINABLE.Too many candidates talk the talk with no intention of walking the walk. I've been fooled in the past by candidates who claim to be a "Uniter, not a divider" only to find out later that the real intention of the candidate was to divide... to sharply divide and to manipulate fears. I think many of the candidates running today are simply telling people what they want to hear. I try to detect such deception.. (and it IS out there)
2) can keep themselves from using "cheap shots" such as using an incident to mis-label another candidate or unfairly influence the perception of that candidate. Bush labelled Kerry as a Flip-Flopper in 2004. While it was true Kerry had changed his mind on some issues.. it typically was after years of hindsight and revelation. While this was an effective tactic by Bush, it also lacked integrity. I guess Im looking for a fair fight based on INTEGRITY. INTEGRITY INTEGRITY INTEGRITY!!!!
3) HAS A GOOD RECORD - AND HAS EXPERIENCE - I see one or two candidates in particular, who have gained a great deal of support, but essentially have never really accomplished anything of significance as Senator. These candidates may very well have a fine future in store, but WHERES THE BEEF?
Based on these personal requirements - I think that JOE BIDEN is by far, the best candidate running. Hes got good ideas that are attainable. His proposal for Iraq has ALREADY won bi-partisan support. He has laid out detailed and well thought plans on a number of issues including Healthcare. He isnt paying lip service as the details of his plans show. His plans make sense and are attainable. He has a good track record in the senate, is straightforward without false promises, and plays a fair game based on INTEGRITY. When he has to, he criticizes the Republicans (not his fellow democrats). He has EXPERIENCE and has actually championed legislation (his opponents on the democrat side have not). HE HAS EXHIBITED THE QUALITIES OF A LEADER. His peers have rallied behind him. A candidate like Dennis Kucinich makes plenty of points, but where's the beef? What has he done as Congressman? What has Hillary accomplished? Obama? Have their peers rallied behind them? Biden is head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and in this election, more people should make note of the value of that experience. His competitors could only WISH they had his resume. I find it sad that Biden is not getting the attention that his competitors are getting. He is clearly more qualified to lead this country.