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orca
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I'll say straight off, I'm not endorsing any candidates here or pushing for any political agenda. I'm only asking other people's opinions on this matter.

On the news lately, there seems to be a lot of people asking if Bill Clinton would be president through Hillary Clinton if she won the election. Some of my classmates have even voiced these same opinions. When people are saying these things, is it because they don't like Hillary Clinton or is it because they don't think any woman could actually independantly be president, that every woman says only what her husband tells her to? Is this just the american society, that it isn't willing to endorse a woman president yet? I'd love to hear some opinions on this.

(I hope this isn't something against the policy. I'm truly only asking about it in terms of sexual politics and how it affects our daily lives.)

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-Lauren-
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I personally don't think it has much to do with her being a woman; I just don't think the spouse of a former US president has ever gone up for office after their term.

First ladies (gentlemen? husbands? what'll it be?!) are very influential people who often DO do a lot behind the scenes to help their spouses along, and I suppose having a former president with such a loaded public opinion working behind those scenes is what people are concerned about more than anything.

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Djuna
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What I'M concerned about is that Clinton will get the 'feminist vote', while her policies are largerly bad news for feminists and liberal people in general. A candidate such as Obama, who I feel has the best attitude to the presidency, I would feel much more comfortable with. But that's just my opinion.

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SFgrrrl
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Could you be more specific, joseph? I don't know what you're talking about. I hadn't thought Hillary was much more conservative than Obama...
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You could also argue the exact opposite by pointing out that Hilary spearheaded an initiative on Universal Health Care, and, despite her husband not showing indications of any interest prior to hers, putting it to the vote (well, he lost, but)...

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orca
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One of the other points I wanted to bring up is that so many other countries have had female leaders and it wasn't even thought of that they would make bad decisions or emotional decisions because of their periods or menopause or that their husbands would be running the show from behind and they'd just be puppets or that they'd be busy homemakers or taking care of the kids (all different things I've heard people say about the idea of a female president). Yet, in the U.S. all anybody can say is: Is America ready for a female president? What does it take to be "ready" for a female president? What goes on in those other countries that female leaders are readily accepted? What's wrong with American society that it's harder to accept or that it is such a shock when a woman runs for president?

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Listen, strange women lyin' in ponds distributin' swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.--Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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