Should politicians attend memorial events?

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Should active candidates attend memorial events such as those for 9/11?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

    3 vote(s)
    33.3%
  3. Maybe (explain please)

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    11.1%
  1. NaasPreacher (C4K)

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    Especially during an election year?

    Is there not some fear that the politicians become the focus instead of the victims? I thought this was and interesting perspective by another poster.

    I think that if I had a family member I would want the candidates to stay away.
     
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    How about making this a poll?
     
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    Good idea


    Generally no. I think there is too much chance for politcisation of the event. The joint appearance by McCain and Obama was a good solution.

    There are those who see McCain being in PA as caring, others see it as a political move. Which is right? Who knows and I suspect that many times the answer will be based on already established biases.
     
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    It would disrespect not too.
     
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    I wonder, in this current instance, if the roles had been reversed.

    Would Obama had been taking political advantage of a tragic situation and McCain have been respecting the families?

    My point is that I suspect our views are contingent on biases we already have in place. I voted no, because I can really see the family's POV, but I really can't see that it would be a major issue either way.
     
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    I voted yes because there are some things that transcend partisan politics.

    Was Obama wrong to say that a candidate's family should be "off limits" in response to the revelations about Gov. Palin's daughter?

    Was McCain grandstanding when he urged the GOP to delay the main activities of the first evening of the convention in respect to the situation regarding Hurricane Gustav?

    Were Bush I & Bill Clinton in error when both willingly chose to be co-sponsors of the Hurricane Katrina recovery program in 2005?

    We here in the US ought always to remember that there are some things that aren't merely Democratic or Republican issues by which candidates can possibly gain some additional approval ratings in some polls.

    What happened on 9/11/01 is one of them.

    When those planes crashed into the WTC, and into the Pentagon, and into the ground outside of Shanksville PA, there was not just a tragic loss of life of Democrats or Republicans or any other political persuasion.

    When all those people died, they died as Americans.
     
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    In my view yes, Obama would have been taking political advantage.

    I think the Mayor of NY did right when he asked them to stay away.
     
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    BRAVO!! :applause: :applause: :applause: Excellently put.
     
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    Ideally you are right - but politics transcends idealism. The mayor of NY asked the candidate to stay away for the memorial service, because he respected the feelings of the victims family.

    The issue you address was clearly manifested it the afternoon joint appearance. I think it is far to easy to make political gain out of an American tragedy.
     

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