I had very little experience with politics when I was younger. In my junior year of high school, my father ran for
county school superintendent. This was my first real encounter with what politics was all about. I am from a small
county in Tennessee and the man my father was running against had held that position for about 15 years. My
father won by a landslide but during the course of the campaign process, I was amazed at all the lies that were
told about my father and our family. This experience made such an impression on me that 1) I loathe mud slinging
during campaigns and 2) I have voted in every major election since then.
My decision to vote for Dole in the current presidential election is partially because Dole's record in Congress
shows him to be a moderate. He appears to possess such characteristics as trustworthiness, devotion to causes and
verbally he upholds conservative moral values such as strong family units and less government control over the
lives of average citizens, both of which are important to me personally. Mr. Dole is also conservative fiscally and
will implement a needed tax cut to stimulate the economy. Mr. Clinton has expressed a very liberal agenda which
includes more government involvement in social and economic matters.
I feel Mr. Dole is capable of leading our government into the 21st century while preserving conservative values
which are fundamental to me.