What choice do we have?

Here we are in another presidential election year and what choice do we have?  Do we have the opportunity of choosing between the best candidate, the most qualified or do we choose from a list of those who have had the good luck of raising the most money for their campaign as the one we want to lead our country the next four years? 

I’m sick and tired when I read/hear the amount of monies being raised and spent for campaigns when it is all I can do to afford health care and prescription drugs now that I’m 65 and forced to become a member of our government’s wonderful Medicare system.  Now I get the opportunity to vote for one of the candidates who is among the list of those who raised the most money for their campaign.  For the most part that means voting for the lesser of two evils.  Where are the good candidates, the ones I feel I really would like to lead our country?  They have not entered the race or entered and dropped out because they weren’t wealthy enough or lacked the funds to compete.  Somehow I feel I’m getting the short end of the stick.

The info below is as of 4/02/07 provided by CNN’s political ticker at: http://tinyurl.com/wwrgp

WASHINGTON (CNN) — Below is a list of money raised by the candidates, according to figures provided by their campaigns:

Democrats
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-New York, $26 million
Former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, $14 million
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, $6 million
Sen. Chris Dodd of Connecticut, $4 million
Sen. Joe Biden of Delaware, $1-2 million

Republicans
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, $21 million
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, $14 million
Arizona Sen. John McCain, $12.5 million
Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback, $1.3 million
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, $500,000

Note: Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has yet to
release his fundraising totals.

CNN’s Mark Preston and Robert Yoon
Posted 4/02/2007 04:21:00 PM

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