It was more than two years ago that Rudy Giuliani and Joe Biden were making stops in Charleston, the first steps on the long road to Nov. 4, 2008. There’s much we’ll take from this election cycle — mainly pitbulls, plumbers, Greek columns, a “Love Revolution,” a diner meltdown, Chuck Norris, snowman pundits, fairy tales, terrorist pals, a well-coiffed clandestine affair, and, potentially, the nation’s very first “clean and articulate” president. We pick Barack Obama for president, but don’t take our word for it. Check out candidate websites to learn more about their policies and visit our site’s election headquarters, including our poll-ready cheat sheet, and vote on Nov. 4!

For President, we pick Barack Obama.

We could point to the faults of his opponents, but we’re really endorsing Barack Obama for the change he’ll bring to Washington. Obama’s reasoned approach to ending America’s military presence in Iraq is in line with the wishes of the Iraqi leadership and reinforces the civilian control of military operations that is at the heart of the Department of Defense.

Others have suggested the health care industry can fix itself, but Obama has made health care reform a priority. He’ll make it easier and, more importantly, affordable for our growing senior population to find health care, and he’ll drive premiums down by demanding that often fearless 20-somethings get insurance so that the broader population isn’t left paying their medical bills.

His comprehensive education proposals include making college affordable in an innovative way that ensures the next generation won’t be burdened with the student loans us Gen Xs will be paying off well after our mid-life crises.

Obama is willing to find a compromise on issues like nuclear energy and oil explorations, but he’s got his eyes focused on alternative energies that will be essential in the few short decades when the current off-shore opportunities dry up.

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