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Old 01-24-08, 06:25 AM   #1
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Presidential Candidates

Okay...another can of worms. Can anyone tell me who, of the current crop of candidates, is the bicyclist candidate? Maybe we need another interest group made up of cyclists to endorse a candidate.
Who would you choose and why???
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Old 01-24-08, 06:31 AM   #2
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I think they all ride around in limousines and airliners.
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Obviously it's Ron Paul.
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Barack Obama
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"As president…Obama will build upon his efforts in the Senate to ensure that more Metropolitan Planning Organizations create policies to incentivize greater bicycle and pedestrian usage of roads and sidewalks, and he will also re-commit federal resources to public mass transportation projects across the country. Building more livable and sustainable communities will not only reduce the amount of time individuals spent commuting, but will also have significant benefits to air quality, public health and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.”

Whether absolutely anything said during a campaign means anything is a topic for P&R

Same article mentions "Mike Huckabee, a fitness enthusiast, reportedly rides his bike to the grocery store" soo actions or words take your pick
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While I enjoy cycling, is that really the single most important issue in selecting a president?
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It can tip things one way or another if one has two otherwise equally good choices.
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I dunno, the cycling candidate beat the windsurfing candidate in the last election and things haven't turned out so well.
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While I enjoy cycling, is that really the single most important issue in selecting a president?
obviously
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Now imagine each candidate in lycra.

Does it matter? Whether democrat or republican it's like picking the best of the worst.

I say Sheldon Brown for president.
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The "cyclist candidate" should be the last thing that influences your decision.

You should be more worried about the "cyclist candidate" on your city/county councils. They'll make 10 times the difference a cyclist President will.
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Cyclists tend to like being able to breath clean air, so no Republicans or Libertarians.

Before the lock, BOO-YAH!
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So what's the over/under on the lock/forum move? I say 50 posts.
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Which candidate exhibits the most signs of having been in a cycling accident involving the head striking the pavement while not wearing a helmet?
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HMMMM...All the candidates seem to lose track of the truth on occasion so perhaps they've all been 'doored'. Interesting that someone(s) would suggest that cycling advocacy should not be the most important issue. What should it be? Experience, age, race, gender, religion or positions on major issues?
Maybe the only major issue (to me) is how to increase the number of safe places to ride???
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Now imagine each candidate in lycra.
AAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Hillary in lycra! GET IT OUT OF MY HEAD! AAAAAAHHHHHH!
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Boy, that policy-creating and incentivizing sounds like the way to go!
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Whoever get to the Whitehouse, will he/she have time to get on the saddle? Maybe on the trainer.
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Folks, once again, it looks like another election where I will be reduced to voting for the lesser of the evils, rather than for a candidate I really want.
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HMMMM...All the candidates seem to lose track of the truth on occasion so perhaps they've all been 'doored'. Interesting that someone(s) would suggest that cycling advocacy should not be the most important issue. What should it be? Experience, age, race, gender, religion or positions on major issues?
In my opinion--the economy. If the economy goes down, there will be no way to do much of anything else. It's not doing good right now, and it's going to be much worse in November.

To that end--I think Ron Paul's suggestion of taking away the Federal Reserve's monopoly on US currency is a great idea, and it's one that no other candidates will touch with a ten-foot pole.
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Maybe the only major issue (to me) is how to increase the number of safe places to ride???
I don't need more safe places to ride.
More bike racks would be helpful, but I don't know that I want the federal government in charge of that sort of thing.
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In my opinion--the economy. If the economy goes down, there will be no way to do much of anything else. It's not doing good right now, and it's going to be much worse in November.

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So help me understand...if the economy continues to tank, it's good for cycling because there won't be anything else to do? Sound pretty good!

I'll betcha the economy is gonna go down, then go up, then go down, etc.,etc., etc. and it will matter little which lesser evil is in the House. The hidden issue is which inhabitant gets to pick new judges for the Supreme.

Republican-Lower Taxes cures everything!.
Democrat-Uncle Sam'll take care of you!

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The only pro bicycling policy would be one that permited high density housing, and weakend zoning laws that prevent high density housing. Once people live near shopping and work they get on the bikes by themselves.

I doubt any candidate has much to say about zoning laws, and it many be a purely state issue.

While Ron Paul is overturning Roe vs Wade, he might also ditch Euclid vs Ambler

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Village...bler_Realty_Co.
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Whoever get to the Whitehouse, will he/she have time to get on the saddle? Maybe on the trainer.
And can you imagine the security detail they would need? Washington would grind to a halt.
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