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McCain certainly scores the "awwwwwwwww" vote. For me it's the turtles that clinched it. Too bad he's got all those credibility issues - I would *love* to see a turtle in the White House.

Posted by brandon | June 26, 2007 2:19 PM

Hmmm, maybe I need to reconsider Joe Biden.

Posted by monkey | June 26, 2007 2:19 PM

I'll have to go Richardson all the way.

For those who like McCain better now, he declaws his cats, which means he likes his furniture better than his pets.

Posted by Wondering Willa | June 26, 2007 2:25 PM

Barack gets my vote then.

But what about Gore?

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 26, 2007 2:28 PM

I have a cat named Hillary Clinton

Posted by Blaire | June 26, 2007 2:33 PM

my dog is named Seamus. that's no endorsement of HRC.

however, no politician should have a dog - they're not around enough to be the alpha & pick up the shit in the yard.

in fact, no politician does. their staffers have a dog.

Obama is the only realist in the bunch.

Posted by maxsolomon | June 26, 2007 2:52 PM

Two dogs, two cats, and a fish?

Wonder if Brownback's preparing his ark for the flood.

Posted by mjg | June 26, 2007 2:56 PM

Tancredo had a chihuaha, but, well, you know.

Posted by rimshot | June 26, 2007 2:58 PM

That settles it. Obama gets my vote.

Or Giuliani. Or Tancredo. Guess I'm a single-issue voter after all.

Posted by Erik | June 26, 2007 3:01 PM

I want to see McCain and Giuliani get in a fight about owning ferrets.

Posted by spencer | June 26, 2007 3:01 PM

I'm so behind the times: What happened to SOCKS?

Posted by CRo | June 26, 2007 3:04 PM

One factor has been sociologically proven to subconsciously influence the general public on which candidate they support: image.

Not even credibility image, but visual image. Likeability. LOOKS. Which candidate seems more down to Earth, appears more likeable?

Even if he's a warmongering, power-mad asshole, Dubya has always appared to the public, in appearance, like a more down to earth and likeable individual than the blue bloods Kerry and Gore. Ditto Bill Clinton, more than Bob Dole and Bush Sr.

So putting aside your personal lefty prejudices, who among the candidates seems like a guy everyone in American would like or at least find reasonably pleasant if he/she were seen on the street?

Posted by Gomez | June 26, 2007 3:08 PM

Tancredo shot his dog for climbing over the fence.

Posted by SteveR | June 26, 2007 3:15 PM

@ 12 Obama. Handsome chap.

Posted by dreamy | June 26, 2007 3:22 PM

mccain named his turtles after rocky's turtles, which he uses to seduce adrian. that's a bit unoriginal and spooky/slimey.

Posted by brad | June 26, 2007 3:23 PM

Socks was adopted by Bill Clinton's secretary Betty Currie.

Posted by Gillian | June 26, 2007 3:42 PM

How many stupid ways can we come up with to choose who gets to be president? At least this is better then voting for the one you want to have a beer with.

Posted by Giffy | June 26, 2007 3:54 PM

I was hoping one of them would say, "well, I've got a couple of Hispanic teenage girls chained to the wall of my basement, a wall of blood that must never be allowed to dry".

Posted by Fnarf | June 26, 2007 4:02 PM

Richardson gets a boost for naming his cat "Squeaky." Aww. Did it make little squeaky noises when it was a kitten?

Posted by keshmeshi | June 26, 2007 4:05 PM

Pets schmets.
What I want to know is: Do they compost?!?

Posted by Gurldoggie | June 26, 2007 4:07 PM

Here's one time I'm sorry Bill Frist isn't
in the race...

Posted by butterw | June 26, 2007 4:14 PM

Why does Rep. Duncan Hunter have a dog named Hunter? Isn't that incestuous?

Posted by John | June 26, 2007 4:27 PM

17. Most voters don't do all that much research, if any at all besides watching the news. These are subconscious factors.

Posted by Gomez | June 26, 2007 4:52 PM

Subconscious factors?

You mean like the height bias?

Posted by Will in Seattle | June 26, 2007 5:43 PM

how the hell did this asinine thread get more than 20 comments?!? educated voters, my ass.

Posted by frederick r | June 26, 2007 5:43 PM

Clearly, Obama and Giuliani hate freedom.

Posted by unelectable | June 26, 2007 5:45 PM

Are we electing a President/Savior of the Union, or a dog-catcher?

Posted by Andy Niable | June 26, 2007 9:30 PM

I LOVE that Kucinich points out that his pets are pound rescues. Just when I thought I couldn't love him more...

Posted by Mike in MO | June 27, 2007 6:25 AM

everyone knows that black people hate animals. and water too.

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