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Old 12-18-2007, 06:20 AM
 
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Does anyone really care who endorses who? Does it really change or sway your vote?
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:50 AM
 
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No it doesn't sway my vote. In fact in some cases it turns me off. Like the hoopla regarding Oprah and Obama. . .

On the other hand seeing someone I admire like Chuck Norris endorsing Huckabee interests me, but doesn't sway me.
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Old 12-18-2007, 06:53 AM
 
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LOL... endorsements have no bearing and often times is a turn off for me as well. I don't understand the publicizing of endorsements. Does the media take us for fools? I could care less who Oprah, Chuck, or Madonna likes...
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Old 12-18-2007, 07:47 AM
 
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Endorsements have an effect on the political decisions of people more than they think, because it helps promote the candidate and gives them publicity. The public hears about the candidate, and then is more open to considering them as a result. It is like the effect of a television commercial. Also the endorsements seem to impress the media and they are more likely to talk about the candidate more and legitimize them accordingly.
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Old 12-18-2007, 07:53 AM
 
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Endorsements have never made any positive effect on me to vote for a person. Lieberman at best made me dislike McCain even more.
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:01 AM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Does anyone really care who endorses who? Does it really change or sway your vote?
Newspaper endorsements are important. Don't underestimate them. They are even more important in less watched races- like for judge and county clerk where people don't really know the candidates well. Everytime I go to vote, I see people in line holding the Sunday endorsements from the paper. As for other endorsements, it depends on who is endorsing who. I don't think politician endorsements are worth much. Just because my Congressman likes somebody does not mean a thing to me. Celebrity endorsements can help if the celebrity is well known, well liked and "clean" of scandles for the most part. I certainly would say that Oprah's endorsement cannot hurt you with women and black voters.
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:42 AM
 
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Endorsements have an effect on the political decisions of people more than they think, because it helps promote the candidate and gives them publicity. The public hears about the candidate, and then is more open to considering them as a result. It is like the effect of a television commercial. Also the endorsements seem to impress the media and they are more likely to talk about the candidate more and legitimize them accordingly.
I would tend to agree, I'm just trying to understand the rationality in the though.

if Oprah likes him.. he must be good.. thats who I'm voting for..

There is little dobut in my mind that she is to credit for the swift change in Obama's rise in the polls
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Old 12-18-2007, 08:45 AM
 
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No it does'nt sway me, turns me off actually. I don't usually listen to what most rich celebrities have to say with politics.
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Old 12-18-2007, 09:48 AM
 
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Endorsements by celebrities tend to dissuade me.
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Old 12-18-2007, 10:06 AM
 
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I think that people are missing the point about Oprah. It's not that most people will sign on to Obama like it's her latest book recommendation.

It's that because of her, he got to speak to very large audience. If only one percent of the say, 60,000 in attendence at the SC event become supporters, that 600 new supporters. It might not sould like much, but on a state primary, it's more helpful. And realistically, he'll win a little more than one percent of that audience.
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