Cheating Politicians

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009 ( 40 moms have responded )

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I was watching the View today and they had an interesting argument so I thought I'd see how you all felt. They were discussing John Edwards current affair drama, so they were asking should how a politician acts in their personal life effect how we view them as a representative? I was actually surprised at some of the comments that were made. Let me know what you all think.

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JL - posted on 06/26/2009

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Yeah, the understanding use to be to keep private things private and even if they knew damaging personal information they did not expose it because the idea was that with all that was occurring nationally and internationally the information could cause more damage to the nation. I think if anything had crossed a boundary where their actions were causing them to act irresponsibly when it came to conducting business in office the information may have come out, but in most respects with men like in the case of FDR the affairs were kept seperate from office, conducted outside of the bounds of Washington, and never superceded their positions.

Sara - posted on 06/26/2009

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I actually watched a documentary about Helen Thomas, and in it she was talking about how back in the 60's there was an understanding between reporters and politicians that they would not overstep boundaries and delve into their personal lives. That's all gone out the window!



I do think it was stupid of him to have an affair too. But apparently his wife has known about it for a couple of months!

JL - posted on 06/26/2009

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I do think he should step down from office because he violated the laws by leaving the office of the governorship unattended. It was irresponsible and damaging to his family for him to have engaged in an affair but it was irresponsible and damaging for him to leave his seat without notifying anyone that he was first leaving therefore activating notice in case of an emergency in the need to refer to the Lt. Governor and for his office to know where to find him. See this is an instance where an affair becomes a very releveant issue for me because it obviously got to the point that he was forgoing his duties to the people of SC in order to satisfy his own personal desires and I just wonder how much tax payer time and money did he abuse in order to carry on this affair. I live in South east Georgia right where we are close to the South Carolina border and he was very liked here in Georgia and SC by many voters on both sides of the aisle and he just threw away the credible chances he had for running for the presidency in 2012. I had a friend remark that it seems like affairs among politicans has become a disease the last few years, but I told her I don't think that this is a new problem. We have had many politicians throughout history that have had affairs. I think it is the expanisiveness of the media that has changed not politicians having affairs. It is just harder now for them to get away with doing anything, so I think that they are stupid in the first place for even having an affair with the media environment we live in now.

Sara - posted on 06/26/2009

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You know, I do have to admit that I respect the way he handled the situation once he got caught. He could have tried to spin it, but he stood up and took responsibility for himself and his actions. I think that has to garner some respect. I don't think he should step down from office because he had an affiar. I think he should step down because he violated laws such as leaving the state/country and not transferring power to the lieutenant governor.

Gina - posted on 06/25/2009

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I am really disappointed with the SC Govenor as well. I am glad that he is getting raked over the coles with his emails he sent to his mistress. At first I thought it was sad for him and his family, but I think the more publicly humiliated he is the better. Glenn Beck was reading all the emails he sent to his mistress... how embarrasing. The thing is, if you're a politician, you should know better. It seems they all get caught eventually.

Christa - posted on 06/25/2009

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Quoting Shannon:



Quoting Christa:

I'm gonna have to disagree with you here. Being a politician is more then being a CEO. A CEO has no control over the laws that govern me and my family. I think a politicians family life is a very important indicator on how he might vote on certain issues.





 






You haven't swayed me yet, but you've made me think. What issues might a cheating husband vote differently on than a faithful one?





 



For me it speaks to his character and moral values.  I pick my candidates very much based on their character and values; to me honesty is number one.  I was punished more severely for lying then for doing anything else and I will raise my children the same way.  Above all a person MUST be honest.  If they can't be faithful to their family why should I expect them to be faithful to the promises that were made to me during a campaign.  I don’t think a man cheating means he’ll vote one way or the other on a specific issue, but it means you can’t trust him to do what he said.  I’m not going to put the fate of our laws in the hands of the unknown.



 



I'm extremely disappointed with the SC governor; I think he should absolutely step down.  It all saddens me.  My grandfather was a very prominent man in Dallas and was consistently urged to run for office.  He would always say you'd have to be crazy to run, with everything that's been going on, in both parties; I'm starting to think he was right.  Good people know better then to run. :-(



 

Shannon - posted on 06/25/2009

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Quoting Christa:

I'm gonna have to disagree with you here. Being a politician is more then being a CEO. A CEO has no control over the laws that govern me and my family. I think a politicians family life is a very important indicator on how he might vote on certain issues.


 



You haven't swayed me yet, but you've made me think. What issues might a cheating husband vote differently on than a faithful one?

Christa - posted on 06/23/2009

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I'm gonna have to disagree with you here. Being a politician is more then being a CEO. A CEO has no control over the laws that govern me and my family. I think a politicians family life is a very important indicator on how he might vote on certain issues.

Shannon - posted on 06/23/2009

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I honestly feel that is is none of our business what goes on behind closed doors in a marriage. For all we know Bill & Hillary had an agreement and this was OK with her, but she couldn't admit that to the public (as an example). Being from NY I'd rather have Spitzer than Patterson as my governor, EXCEPT that he was using my money to fund his sexcapades.

This country should be run like a business and there are plenty of CEOs that are amazing at their jobs but horrible husbands. It is no different with politicians. They can be great politicians but horrible husbands. They can be great fathers but unfaithful husbands.

I'm not condoning it, I'm just saying it isn't my business and it may not effect their job at all. If it does visibly effect their job THEN I think they should be kicked out.

Gina - posted on 06/21/2009

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This is a tough subject. I do feel that relationships are complicated, there are a lot of factors that would influence someone to cheat...especially a man. I have seen some great men make bad choices. I don't think that makes them horrible people. I do feel that if they do cross that line, then there is no going back. I could forgive someone for cheating if they only did it once, and were truly sorry afterwards. I think it's disgusting too that a woman would hit on a married man. Either way it is a big deal. When I look at someone like Bill Clinton, or John Edwards who were repeat cheaters, I think they are dirt bags. If their marriage is that miserable that they feel like they have to cheat, then they need to do the right thing and get a divorce.

As far as someone in the public eye cheating, that to me is really stupid. Someone always finds out. I would like to pick someone for President who has good family values, after all that tells the world the kind of person you are.

Lindsay - posted on 06/19/2009

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Quoting Sara:


I don't think in the beginning it was a power thing, I think she at least married him because she loved him.  I read Hilary Clinton's autobiography and honestly, I have a lot of respect for the lady.  She is, unfortunately, one of those people that people love to hate.  I for one love her.  And despite the Clinton's flaws in their marriage, they've raised an incredible young woman in Chelsea.





I think she stopped loving him or at least showing she loved him when he was still a gov.  after all the rape charges and other women.  When he ran for president she didn't seem that happy with him.  She wanted more than just a first lady title.  She didn't want to do the first lady cookie contest and she didn't want to plan parties.  Not that theres anything wrong with that but i always thought she stayed with him because she wanted more.  I would have more respect for her if she kicked him to the curb and then ran on her own.  It came off as a woman can't do anything without her powerful husband.  She used him to get elected and im not sure she really needed to and Im not sure that bill had much to do with how Chelsea turned out. 

Christa - posted on 06/19/2009

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Quoting Joy:

I have to say that though I would most likely not vote Republican in a national election I thought Romney was a great Republican representative and I could not understand from the beginning why he was chosen to at least run as the VP and once the economic issue hit I thought to myself dang if the Republicans had chosen him that might have had this thing in the bag. Honestly I think he is a good guy with some good ideas and because he comes off as more of a moderate he does not make me squirm, lol :)



We'll keep that in mind for 2012 ;-)

JL - posted on 06/18/2009

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I have to say that though I would most likely not vote Republican in a national election I thought Romney was a great Republican representative and I could not understand from the beginning why he was chosen to at least run as the VP and once the economic issue hit I thought to myself dang if the Republicans had chosen him that might have had this thing in the bag. Honestly I think he is a good guy with some good ideas and because he comes off as more of a moderate he does not make me squirm, lol :)

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Joy:

I do have to say that I put more of the blame on the person who is breaking the committment they made to someone else. So the married person in my eyes deserves the brunt of anger, but I do believe the other person involved even thought they did not make a committment should not get off because if they started a relationship knowingly with a married person then I have little respect for them especially if there are kids involved. I am for one get tired of hearing the excuses when the other women is younger..like Monica Lewinsky.. that she was just young and naive and just did not know any better..are you kidding me I knew better when I was in my late teens and early twenties. I knew that carrying on a relationship with a married man was degrading and wrong.



I couldn't agree more!!

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Joy:

I do have to say that I put more of the blame on the person who is breaking the committment they made to someone else. So the married person in my eyes deserves the brunt of anger, but I do believe the other person involved even thought they did not make a committment should not get off because if they started a relationship knowingly with a married person then I have little respect for them especially if there are kids involved. I am for one get tired of hearing the excuses when the other women is younger..like Monica Lewinsky.. that she was just young and naive and just did not know any better..are you kidding me I knew better when I was in my late teens and early twenties. I knew that carrying on a relationship with a married man was degrading and wrong.



I couldn't agree more!!

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009

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I agree on Romney, in hind sight if McCain had picked him as his VP we might have had a chance when this economic mess hit. Romney is the only candidate recently that really has a sound economic background; we sure could use that right about now. :-)

JL - posted on 06/18/2009

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I do have to say that I put more of the blame on the person who is breaking the committment they made to someone else. So the married person in my eyes deserves the brunt of anger, but I do believe the other person involved even thought they did not make a committment should not get off because if they started a relationship knowingly with a married person then I have little respect for them especially if there are kids involved. I am for one get tired of hearing the excuses when the other women is younger..like Monica Lewinsky.. that she was just young and naive and just did not know any better..are you kidding me I knew better when I was in my late teens and early twenties. I knew that carrying on a relationship with a married man was degrading and wrong.

JL - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Lindsay:



Quoting Christa:




Quoting Lindsay:



I personally don't care what they do in their private lives as long as they don't run on family values. Then I care.







I'm surprised to hear you say that, that's almost exactly what Joy Behar said, who I think is the most ignorant women on TV but that's a whole other conversation. :-)  Anyway I think it's very important what they do in their personal lives because it speaks to their character.  If they are willing to lie to and deceive the person they are supposed to love more then anyone else, why wouldn't they lie to me, the complete stranger they represent.  I think how a person acts to their family speaks volumes about how they treat others and it is one of the most important things to me.  In fact, dare I say it , I do like that about Obama, he appears to be a good husband and father and I like that about him.  Mark this moment in history ladies, I just said something nice about Obama. ;-)  It’s also something I really liked in Bush too.








 










i don't know, i do care to an extent but i care more about it if they went on and on about their family values and paraded their familes around on the trail.  It's more of a lie that way.  Some political marriages are just marriages meant for power and money.  Look at the clintons, hillary stayed with bill so she could use him to run for office on her own.  They never looked like a happily married couple to me.  I personally probably wouldn't vote for someone that cheated on their spouse. 






 






 






I have to say that my feelings on the subject mirror much of what Lindsay has stated. I do care as well to an extent because personally I think some things should remain private and between the married couple in  question because honestly I don't know what is in their hearts and what is really going on in their relationship, but like Lindsay I care more about it when they are standing on a political platform based on the ideals of family values and when the are pushing for policies that stand directly opposite of how they conduct themselves in their private lives. I also only care to extent because as most of you have also stated in your opinons we are all imperfect and here in American we have an amazing public ability to forgive people for their past indescretions..though they need to earn our forgiveness because we never forget. 

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009

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I don't have a problem with a bachelor or a bachelorette, but I would look at their relationship with other family members and the reason why they were single. I wouldn't disqualify someone who was divorced either. I think there are people everywhere with good family values, but they haven't been able to find their "soul mate" and I wouldn't hold that against them. Giuliani I'm a bit on the fence with, I do like many of his policies, but his marriage history and his relationship with his kids worries me. He definitely wouldn't be my first choice.



It's definitely not a black and white thing, it's really a case by case look at the whole picture kind of a thing. Like I said before it appears that the Obama's have a good family structure, but that's not enough to get me to vote for him. :-)

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009

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Fair enough, the difference to me is McCain has since shown a very different behavior towards Cindy. They have many kids together and really seem to love each other, so even though their relationship started under precarious circumstances I think they are both better people now. Where the Clintons still hold their charade of a marriage and he cheated repeatedly and never really apologized for it. And Clinton did it as a much older man while in the White House, he knew he was under a microscope and still didn't care. Not to mention there are plenty of other reasons why I wouldn't vote for either Clinton. :-)

Sara - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Christa:



Quoting Sara:




Quoting Brenda:





Quoting Christa:

I totally agree with you about Clinton, but what about McCain? He cheated on his first wife with Cindy and no one really talked about it. Is it ok when he marries the mistress?









McCain's first wife cheated on him first while he was being held captive and tortured during the war.  When he got home, you can imagine the betrayal he felt, so it isn't surprising that he felt the relationship was already over and sought to find a new mate.  Just because the ink wasn't dry on the divorce decree doesn't mean too much in my opinion.  It was basically a done deal.












It is my understanding that she was in an automobile accident before he returned home and that their marriage lasted seven more years, during which time he had several affairs.  He met Cindy and then filed for divorce. Can you please direct me as to where you got this information?  I've never heard this part of it before, I'd be interested to find out more.  









I hadn’t heard that either, but I've never really looked into it.  I do think Traci brought up a good point, is he did that many years ago and has apologized for it many times.  I do have the ability to forgive, I don't think people should be judged for poor decisions they made 5, 10, 20 years ago.  God know there are choices I've made in my past I wouldn't want someone judging my character on now. :-)






 






I guess I don't understand the distinction when you say that you can forgive someone who has apologized, and that people shouldn't be judged for something they did years ago, but then say you'd never vote for Clinton because he cheated on his wife...

Sara - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Lindsay:



Quoting Christa:




Quoting Lindsay:



I personally don't care what they do in their private lives as long as they don't run on family values. Then I care.







I'm surprised to hear you say that, that's almost exactly what Joy Behar said, who I think is the most ignorant women on TV but that's a whole other conversation. :-)  Anyway I think it's very important what they do in their personal lives because it speaks to their character.  If they are willing to lie to and deceive the person they are supposed to love more then anyone else, why wouldn't they lie to me, the complete stranger they represent.  I think how a person acts to their family speaks volumes about how they treat others and it is one of the most important things to me.  In fact, dare I say it , I do like that about Obama, he appears to be a good husband and father and I like that about him.  Mark this moment in history ladies, I just said something nice about Obama. ;-)  It’s also something I really liked in Bush too.








 










i don't know, i do care to an extent but i care more about it if they went on and on about their family values and paraded their familes around on the trail.  It's more of a lie that way.  Some political marriages are just marriages meant for power and money.  Look at the clintons, hillary stayed with bill so she could use him to run for office on her own.  They never looked like a happily married couple to me.  I personally probably wouldn't vote for someone that cheated on their spouse. 






 






 






I don't think in the beginning it was a power thing, I think she at least married him because she loved him.  I read Hilary Clinton's autobiography and honestly, I have a lot of respect for the lady.  She is, unfortunately, one of those people that people love to hate.  I for one love her.  And despite the Clinton's flaws in their marriage, they've raised an incredible young woman in Chelsea.

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009

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I agree with you, but I would never vote for the Clintons and that is a big reason why. I guess to me family values is number one and if a candidate doesn't hold it with the same regard then they aren't the candidate for me. :-)

Lindsay - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Christa:



Quoting Lindsay:



I personally don't care what they do in their private lives as long as they don't run on family values. Then I care.





I'm surprised to hear you say that, that's almost exactly what Joy Behar said, who I think is the most ignorant women on TV but that's a whole other conversation. :-)  Anyway I think it's very important what they do in their personal lives because it speaks to their character.  If they are willing to lie to and deceive the person they are supposed to love more then anyone else, why wouldn't they lie to me, the complete stranger they represent.  I think how a person acts to their family speaks volumes about how they treat others and it is one of the most important things to me.  In fact, dare I say it , I do like that about Obama, he appears to be a good husband and father and I like that about him.  Mark this moment in history ladies, I just said something nice about Obama. ;-)  It’s also something I really liked in Bush too.






 






i don't know, i do care to an extent but i care more about it if they went on and on about their family values and paraded their familes around on the trail.  It's more of a lie that way.  Some political marriages are just marriages meant for power and money.  Look at the clintons, hillary stayed with bill so she could use him to run for office on her own.  They never looked like a happily married couple to me.  I personally probably wouldn't vote for someone that cheated on their spouse. 



 



 

Lindsay - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Christa:



Quoting Lindsay:



I personally don't care what they do in their private lives as long as they don't run on family values. Then I care.





I'm surprised to hear you say that, that's almost exactly what Joy Behar said, who I think is the most ignorant women on TV but that's a whole other conversation. :-)  Anyway I think it's very important what they do in their personal lives because it speaks to their character.  If they are willing to lie to and deceive the person they are supposed to love more then anyone else, why wouldn't they lie to me, the complete stranger they represent.  I think how a person acts to their family speaks volumes about how they treat others and it is one of the most important things to me.  In fact, dare I say it , I do like that about Obama, he appears to be a good husband and father and I like that about him.  Mark this moment in history ladies, I just said something nice about Obama. ;-)  It’s also something I really liked in Bush too.






 






i don't know, i do care to an extent but i care more about it if they went on and on about their family values and paraded their familes around on the trail.  It's more of a lie that way.  Some political marriages are just marriages meant for power and money.  Look at the clintons, hillary stayed with bill so she could use him to run for office on her own.  They never looked like a happily married couple to me.  I personally probably wouldn't vote for someone that cheated on their spouse. 



 



 

Sara - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Brenda:



Quoting Christa:

I totally agree with you about Clinton, but what about McCain? He cheated on his first wife with Cindy and no one really talked about it. Is it ok when he marries the mistress?





McCain's first wife cheated on him first while he was being held captive and tortured during the war.  When he got home, you can imagine the betrayal he felt, so it isn't surprising that he felt the relationship was already over and sought to find a new mate.  Just because the ink wasn't dry on the divorce decree doesn't mean too much in my opinion.  It was basically a done deal.





It is my understanding that she was in an automobile accident before he returned home and that their marriage lasted seven more years, during which time he had several affairs.  He met Cindy and then filed for divorce. Can you please direct me as to where you got this information?  I've never heard this part of it before, I'd be interested to find out more.  

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Sara:



Quoting Brenda:




Quoting Christa:

I totally agree with you about Clinton, but what about McCain? He cheated on his first wife with Cindy and no one really talked about it. Is it ok when he marries the mistress?







McCain's first wife cheated on him first while he was being held captive and tortured during the war.  When he got home, you can imagine the betrayal he felt, so it isn't surprising that he felt the relationship was already over and sought to find a new mate.  Just because the ink wasn't dry on the divorce decree doesn't mean too much in my opinion.  It was basically a done deal.









It is my understanding that she was in an automobile accident before he returned home and that their marriage lasted seven more years, during which time he had several affairs.  He met Cindy and then filed for divorce. Can you please direct me as to where you got this information?  I've never heard this part of it before, I'd be interested to find out more.  





I hadn’t heard that either, but I've never really looked into it.  I do think Traci brought up a good point, is he did that many years ago and has apologized for it many times.  I do have the ability to forgive, I don't think people should be judged for poor decisions they made 5, 10, 20 years ago.  God know there are choices I've made in my past I wouldn't want someone judging my character on now. :-)



 

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Lindsay:



I personally don't care what they do in their private lives as long as they don't run on family values. Then I care.


I'm surprised to hear you say that, that's almost exactly what Joy Behar said, who I think is the most ignorant women on TV but that's a whole other conversation. :-)  Anyway I think it's very important what they do in their personal lives because it speaks to their character.  If they are willing to lie to and deceive the person they are supposed to love more then anyone else, why wouldn't they lie to me, the complete stranger they represent.  I think how a person acts to their family speaks volumes about how they treat others and it is one of the most important things to me.  In fact, dare I say it , I do like that about Obama, he appears to be a good husband and father and I like that about him.  Mark this moment in history ladies, I just said something nice about Obama. ;-)  It’s also something I really liked in Bush too.



 

Christa - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Sara:

One thing I just want to point out about married men's indiscretions...sure, they should know better and I find that behavior deplorable, but what about the women involved? In both Edwards and Clinton's case you have women that came on VERY strong to a married man. They didn't have to go and seek it out. Again, I'm not saying this behavior speaks very highly of them, but everyone always talks about how they should have known better, well, what about the women they cheated with? I think any woman that comes on to a man that she knows is married is a disgusting human being.



I think it speaks volumes for Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Edwards that they are in the media spotlight and chose to try and work it out. I cannot sit here and say with complete honesty that I would leave my husband if he cheated on me, can you? Relationships are complicated and when you have many years invested with someone, and children, it takes more integrity I think to try and work it out. From what I understand, Bill slept on the couch for few months.



But, I think you do have to question the character of anyone that lies to their spouse and cheats on their spouse. And yes, I think that does reflect what kind of leader they will be. No one is perfect, but if you are an elected official, I think people expect you to hold yourself to higher standards. After all, you represent a lot of people.


I agree with you about not judging the wives, we don't know all the details of their relationships so we can't say what they should or should not do.  But I disagree with you about them being pursued, obviously the women that did this have no morals or self respect but they aren't the one's who took the vows.  Everybody deals with temptation daily and we choose how we respond to it, unless they were raped they are 100% to blame.



 

Sara - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Brenda:



Quoting Christa:

I totally agree with you about Clinton, but what about McCain? He cheated on his first wife with Cindy and no one really talked about it. Is it ok when he marries the mistress?





McCain's first wife cheated on him first while he was being held captive and tortured during the war.  When he got home, you can imagine the betrayal he felt, so it isn't surprising that he felt the relationship was already over and sought to find a new mate.  Just because the ink wasn't dry on the divorce decree doesn't mean too much in my opinion.  It was basically a done deal.





It is my understanding that she was in an automobile accident before he returned home and that their marriage lasted seven more years, during which time he had several affairs.  He met Cindy and then filed for divorce. Can you please direct me as to where you got this information?  I've never heard this part of it before, I'd be interested to find out more.  

Sara - posted on 06/18/2009

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Quoting Brenda:



Quoting Christa:

I totally agree with you about Clinton, but what about McCain? He cheated on his first wife with Cindy and no one really talked about it. Is it ok when he marries the mistress?





McCain's first wife cheated on him first while he was being held captive and tortured during the war.  When he got home, you can imagine the betrayal he felt, so it isn't surprising that he felt the relationship was already over and sought to find a new mate.  Just because the ink wasn't dry on the divorce decree doesn't mean too much in my opinion.  It was basically a done deal.





It is my understanding that she was in an automobile accident before he returned home and that their marriage lasted seven more years, during which time he had several affairs.  He met Cindy and then filed for divorce. Can you please direct me as to where you got this information?  I've never heard this part of it before, I'd be interested to find out more.  

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Quoting Christa:

I totally agree with you about Clinton, but what about McCain? He cheated on his first wife with Cindy and no one really talked about it. Is it ok when he marries the mistress?


McCain's first wife cheated on him first while he was being held captive and tortured during the war.  When he got home, you can imagine the betrayal he felt, so it isn't surprising that he felt the relationship was already over and sought to find a new mate.  Just because the ink wasn't dry on the divorce decree doesn't mean too much in my opinion.  It was basically a done deal.

Lindsay - posted on 06/18/2009

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People did talk about McCain but they couldn't really bash him because of all the democrats that cheated.



I personally don't care what they do in their private lives as long as they don't run on family values. Then I care. John Edwards whored his dying wife around on the trail with him and at the same time was screwing someone he hired to make a video. It's just sick.

It's not something I look for in a president. If you can't be loyal to the person you made vows to why should i trust you to be loyal to me?

Sara - posted on 06/18/2009

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One thing I just want to point out about married men's indiscretions...sure, they should know better and I find that behavior deplorable, but what about the women involved? In both Edwards and Clinton's case you have women that came on VERY strong to a married man. They didn't have to go and seek it out. Again, I'm not saying this behavior speaks very highly of them, but everyone always talks about how they should have known better, well, what about the women they cheated with? I think any woman that comes on to a man that she knows is married is a disgusting human being.





I think it speaks volumes for Hilary Clinton and Elizabeth Edwards that they are in the media spotlight and chose to try and work it out. I cannot sit here and say with complete honesty that I would leave my husband if he cheated on me, can you? Relationships are complicated and when you have many years invested with someone, and children, it takes more integrity I think to try and work it out. From what I understand, Bill slept on the couch for few months.





But, I think you do have to question the character of anyone that lies to their spouse and cheats on their spouse. And yes, I think that does reflect what kind of leader they will be. No one is perfect, but if you are an elected official, I think people expect you to hold yourself to higher standards. After all, you represent a lot of people.

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I didn't like that about him either. I voted for him because he was the lesser of two evils when it came between him and Obama. However, I voted Ron Paul in the primary. I think that if you don't want to be faithful to your wife then you should just get divorced. As much as I hate divorce, it would be better than putting your family through the pain and heartache of cheating on them. I just don't understand why people would get married if they can't be faithful in the first place.

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I totally agree with you about Clinton, but what about McCain? He cheated on his first wife with Cindy and no one really talked about it. Is it ok when he marries the mistress?

Crystal - posted on 06/18/2009

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I think it speaks to the integrity of the politician. Personally, I did not have too much against Clinton until he cheated on his wife and then lied about it. Two very bad counts in my opinion, and it lost any respect points he may have had as a president and I think he should have been impeached based on the fact he obviously doesn't know how to hold to a real commitment or be truthful. That's not someone I would want to be my president.

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