I would like to preface this with saying that I respect [most] everyone's [intelligently articulated and thought out] views and I hope mine will be respected as well. I have long considered myself a Liberal Democrat, but have found myself becoming more moderate in the last ... few years. I registered as a Dem when I turned 18, and don't necessarily intend to change that as I have no real reason to ... but it hit me just recently - I'm a swing voter in a swing state! (Pennsylvania) When considering the candidate I am going to vote for in November, I'm thinking about a lot of things. I'm thinking about the economy - how it needs a revival, and how taxing the rich to death is not fair in my book ... I'm thinking about social issues - a woman's right to choose, same-sex marriage ... I'm thinking about public health issues - health care, the ridiculousness that is abstinence only sex education, the AIDS crisis ... I'm thinking about our foreign policy - improving our image with the rest of the world (sorry, I realize I shouldn't use "our as not everyone on this site lives in the U.S.), the mess in Iraq. I'm not thinking about oil prices. The fact is that until it hits $6 a gallon, it's not really going to kill me. It will hurt, but I could survive it ... most Americans probably can't. It's funny that NONE of these candidates feel the same way about the issues that I do. Sen. John McCain's got it right on taxes and has a good plan for allowing illegal immigrants to become legal. He has it wrong on the war, and all wrong on the social issues. Sen. Barack Obama has no idea how to run the country's economy ... but that's okay, because the President doesn't really actually do that anyway (according to my father) ... he's right on some of the social issues but I think for a black man who is running for President to say that the country isn't ready for gay marriage is kind of ... stunning. When he talked about the "antipathy" and the "clinging" to guns and religion - a lot of people got made and called him elitist. That's when I really considered voting for him - I feel the same way he does about small town America. And what Colbert said was SO true - "Which of our millionaire Senators is least elitist?" (may be paraphrased slightly) Hillary Clinton has lost my trust. I saw who voted for her in the Pennsylvania primary - it's white, working class people. I'm not sure why she appeals to them - I think they just don't want to vote for a black guy. Either way, I don't feel like I'm in good company if I vote for her. I liked Bill but I was just a kid then ... he was kind of the President that I was first aware of as a child. Nobody's got it down on gay rights. And it's starting to piss me off a bit. Who the hell do I vote for? I'm sort of starting to lean towards McCain, but I think this country needs a big change ... but not the kind of change I think Obama will bring.