- We have one nation, the United States of America, yet the election process differs from state to state! Some have open primaries where anyone can go vote regardless of party. I just realized this an am so shocked. I think it is crazy that some have open primaries and others have closed. I thought up until recently, that all primaries were closed. Maybe just because I live in Ohio and that is how our primaries are done, I assumed it was done that way nationwide. I personally think open primaries are outrageous!
- The whole delegate system rubs me the wrong way too. I do not understand how the delegates are awarded to the candidates. I get that in closed primaries, all delegates go to the winning candidate in that state; however, I do not get how they are split among the candidates in open primary states.
- I am also baffled by the fact that Mr. Trump is the forerunner out of the Republican candidates so far. It seems he just yells a lot and people vote for his toughness, confident attitude and like when he puts others down, even his fellow Republicans! Why people think he will get things done simply because he is a good businessman is beyond me. His behavior and talk do not seem very Presidential to me--is that why people vote for him?
- To make it even more confusing, some states have caucuses where the people actually meet and get in different groups to support the different candidates. I'm not even sure how this works exactly, but I do know it was at one of these where Ted Cruz's campaign workers spread the word that Dr. Carson was dropping out when he really wasn't (at least not at that time). I really liked watching some of the town hall meetings where there was just one candidate there answering questions from ordinary citizens as well as some from the host.
- Finally, I enjoy watching the debates but do not understand whey the moderators do not give all the candidates a chance to answer the question. They allow the candidates to break the rules over and over again that they all agreed to at the beginning. If they interrupt someone, they should have a penalty called and get a time out. If they talk during their timeout, they should be asked to leave the platform. As it is now, it is a joke! When they interrupt and insult each other, they get all the time they want. If they talk too long and the buzzer sounds, they still go on as long as they like.
- Furthermore, on the debates it seems as though the first question is always directed to Mr. Trump and it's not even always about the issues. It's often about his response to what somebody said about him. To me this just seems completely unfair to the other candidates and certainly does not set a good tone for sticking to the issues.
What do you think about the primary elections and the debates?