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October 26, 2020
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Elections are a core foundation of our American government. In ELECTIONS; David and Tim Barton pull back the curtain on this crucial process. By understanding where elections came from and how they work; you can help determine who will be in the room when our nation’s important decisions are made. During election season; the spotlight may be on the top contenders; but it’s really about the people! Tune into ELECTIONS on TBN to discover your role in this important election process.

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  • - Elections area core foundation
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  • of our American government.
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  • In the early days,political debates
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  • were held in theaters andlecture halls across America
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  • like this one,drawing large crowds
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  • from every corner of society.
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  • Now we engage with thecandidates through TV screens
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  • and Twitter feeds, watchingas the elections unfold.
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  • - The spotlight may beon the top contenders,
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  • but it's reallyabout the people.
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  • Today we're going totalk about our role
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  • in this importantelection process.
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  • - By understanding whereelections came from
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  • and how they work,you can help determine
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  • who will be in theroom when our nation's
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  • most important decisionsare being made.
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  • Today's lawmakers aretomorrow's history shapers.
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  • I'm David Barton.
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  • - I'm Tim Barton, andthis is "Elections".
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  • (dramatic music)
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  • As we look at elections,we know we have a president
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  • who's the leader of the nation.
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  • We know the presidentis chosen through
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  • the electoral collegeprocess, which includes
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  • all the people voting,and then states
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  • can have a part in that,but how does a president
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  • really become a president?
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  • What do you have todo to be a president?
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  • Is this something you and Ican sign up for this afternoon
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  • and we get to run for president,
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  • because accordingto the Constitution,
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  • the founding fathersdid lay out details
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  • of what it takesto be president,
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  • and it's not as complicated,maybe, as people might think.
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  • - Yeah, in some waysit's not that complicated
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  • because last electioncycle, there were 200 people
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  • who ran for the Presidentof the United States.
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  • Now, you didn't hearabout most of them
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  • because they didn't makeit through the process,
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  • but the Constitutionlays it out very simply.
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  • When they were writingthe Constitution,
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  • they had never had a federalgovernment before at all,
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  • and so they said, allright, who's going to fill
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  • the slots in thefederal government?
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  • They said, okay, if youwant to be a congressman,
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  • here's the requirements, ifyou want to be a senator,
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  • here's the requirements, ifyou want to be president,
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  • here's the requirements.
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  • They all have requirements,and the president only has two.
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  • You've got to be 35 years old
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  • and you have to be anatural born citizen.
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  • Now, you could be asenator or a congressman
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  • or a governor or a staterep or anything else
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  • if you were an immigrantthat had become naturalized.
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  • You didn't have tobe born in America.
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  • - Which means youbecame a U.S. citizen.
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  • - You became a U.S. citizen.
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  • - So right now there arepeople serving in Congress
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  • who were not born in America.
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  • They came to America, gotlegal citizenship status,
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  • and then ran for Congress.
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  • In fact, we've had some prettyfamous leaders in America,
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  • at least on some levels.
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  • If you go back to California,one of the governors
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  • of California wasArnold Schwarzenegger,
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  • not an American,but came to America,
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  • became a legal citizen,then became governor.
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  • So for a lot ofpolitical offices,
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  • you don't have tobe born in America,
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  • but for president, notonly do you have to be 35,
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  • which is not veryold, by the way,
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  • although duringthe founding era,
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  • the lifespan wasn't morethan about 35 years old,
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  • so for them it maybehad a little more weight
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  • and age to it thanit does for us today.
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  • But to be 35 and thena natural born citizen,
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  • where you were born inAmerica, which again,
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  • is different than mostother elected offices,
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  • you don't have tobe born in America,
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  • but for president you do,which actually has its roots
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  • back in some Biblical thoughts.
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  • - When Israel wasfirst being formed,
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  • they've come out ofEgypt, they've neverhad a nation before
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  • to speak of, and they'reforming that nation.
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  • God helps get themestablished there
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  • and they have their first laws.
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  • You actually have severallevels going on there
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  • in that you have anational leader like Moses,
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  • and Moses has 70elders under him,
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  • which could be like anational senate maybe,
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  • and then you've got 12tribes, each had a leader
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  • of the tribe, so that'slike governors over a state,
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  • and under the leader of thetribe, he had a council,
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  • kind of like a state rep.
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  • It's interestingthat as you look
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  • at what the requirements are,
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  • the Bible says that foryour national leader,
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  • your national leader has to beone that is "born among you".
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  • So it had to be native born.
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  • Now, there weregovernors of Israel
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  • that would not necessarilybe native born,
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  • the same as in America, likewe were just talking about,
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  • but to be the nationalleader, the Bible says
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  • in Deuteronomy 17:15 that ithas to be one born among you,
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  • and that's what we havein the Constitution.
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  • - So looking at apresident or maybe someone
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  • who wants to run forpresident, you have to be 35,
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  • you have to be a naturalborn citizen of America,
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  • but beyond that, itreally is kind of open.
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  • But there is kindof some worked out
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  • political process involved,because even though
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  • anybody can sign upto run for president,
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  • if you run as anindependent all by yourself,
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  • you really don't havethe finances needed,
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  • you don't have thesupport structure
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  • around you to be successful.
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  • You really need tobe inside of a party,
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  • and not because wealways like parties
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  • or like the party system,but because they have
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  • a structure aroundthat it's a lot easier
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  • to gain the supportneeded from a party,
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  • and to get the notoriety,to get the recognition
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  • from a party, because theparty can help you raise money.
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  • If you did it by yourself,
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  • I mean it's millionsand millions of dollars
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  • to run a presidential campaign.
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  • - Well, you mentioned theimportance of having a party
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  • because we've had, basicallythe two parties we have now,
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  • Republicans and Democrats,for about 150 years.
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  • If you look atpresidential politics,
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  • virtually everypresident's come from
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  • one of those two parties.
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  • Trying to get an independentin is just almost impossible
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  • in the current system we have.
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  • So if you say, okay,I think I can do this,
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  • then you say, all right, whichparty am I going to run in?
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  • You look at what youbelieve, you look at
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  • what the party believes,what their platform says,
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  • you say, I think it'sgoing to be that party.
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  • Well, there may be 25other people in that party
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  • that are going to run forpresident at the same time.
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  • Now you're going tohave to say, okay,
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  • what makes medifferent from others
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  • that have my samegeneral belief?
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  • How can I distinguish myself?
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  • Then, the way theparty process works,
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  • is I'm going to have to gofrom state to state to state,
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  • where the states haveprimaries to vote
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  • only on the peoplein that party.
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  • I'm going to have toget a majority of votes
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  • before I can evenface the other party.
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  • - Which also means thatyou have to raise money
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  • even to get into the primarybecause your going to have
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  • to find supporterswho go, I really like
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  • what that person says.
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  • She's really smart.
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  • He's really great.
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  • You need supporters who canhelp financially hold you up
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  • to be able to gofrom state to state
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  • and help you get campaign staff.
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  • So there is money involvedeven at this primary level.
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  • Now, it's only going to getmore expensive the more you go.
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  • Hopefully these candidatesare gaining more support.
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  • If they don't, that'swhy they're dropping out,
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  • because they're not goingto be able to last as long.
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  • You have to be competitivein these states.
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  • Iowa has been one of thetraditional early states,
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  • where there's earlyprimaries in Iowa.
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  • You have to have money tostart campaigning in Iowa.
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  • The problem is after Iowa,there's the next primary
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  • that happens prettyfast, which means
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  • you can't only focus on Iowa.
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  • You have to be thinkingabout the second
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  • and the third and thefourth and the fifth
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  • and the sixth and theseventh and on down
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  • the list of the primaries,getting not only yourself
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  • but your staff, andthe campaign message,
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  • and you're taking outads in those states.
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  • There's a lot involvedin this primary process.
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  • - There's a lot involvedin the primary process,
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  • and that's where you'realso messaging as you go,
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  • because when you start inIowa and you're going to go
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  • to South Carolina,those two states
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  • don't think exactly alike.
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  • So I'm runningagainst 10 other guys
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  • that believe generallywhat I believe,
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  • so how do I communicatethat in Iowa?
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  • Then I'm going togo to South Carolina
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  • and then I'm going tocome up with Super Tuesday
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  • where there's a dozen statesthat I've got to run in
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  • at the same time onthe same election.
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  • So if you can getthrough that process,
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  • which is generally a sixto eight month process,
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  • you get through thatprocess, and let's say
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  • you win for your party.
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  • Okay, now you'vewon for your party.
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  • Someone else has wonfor the other party.
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  • Now we're going to have tostart a whole new campaign,
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  • so to speak, in that it'sjust two of us running now.
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  • It's myself and my opponentfrom the other party,
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  • and we're having to run in50 states at the same time,
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  • because instead ofhaving primary elections,
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  • we're going to have onegeneral election in November.
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  • On that night, all 50states are going to vote,
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  • and now I've got to spendmoney in all 50 states
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  • at the same time.
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  • It could have be in theprimaries I didn't have to spend
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  • in all 50 statesbecause I won it early.
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  • Now I've got to spend a lotof money in all 50 states,
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  • have a lot of media,have a lot of support.
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  • I've got to have a lot ofpeople going out talking for me.
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  • In elections, there'sreally only a few states
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  • that really decidemost of the elections.
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  • - What's fortunate, if youmake it through the primary,
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  • if you win the primary,what's fortunate now
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  • is your entire party is behindyou helping support you,
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  • so you have a muchbetter structure
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  • once you get to thegeneral election.
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  • Even if you win,now the primary,
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  • we're not looking atthe general election.
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  • You've beat all theother contestants
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  • who were in yourpolitical party.
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  • You get to the generalelection, as you mentioned,
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  • even though we look at thenation and there's 50 states
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  • that you want to win,there's a lot of states
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  • who are already very strongon one side or the other.
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  • They're very strong Republican,they're very strong Democrat
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  • and that doesn'tmean you shouldn't
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  • campaign in those states.
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  • We've seen some presidentsmake some mistakes
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  • and not campaign instates they thought
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  • they were going to winand it went the other way.
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  • But there are a handfulof states that it seems
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  • almost every year you're goingto find a couple of states
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  • that it's kind ofabout 50 to 50,
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  • and that's where you'll see,in some of those swing states,
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  • it seems that you see presidents
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  • spending a littlemore time there.
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  • - Yeah, you do see presidentsspending time there
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  • because again, theoverall strategy,
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  • because of theelectoral college,
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  • which is that brilliantsystem of giving people
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  • and states a vote,you have to come up
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  • with 270 electoral votes.
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  • There are certain statesthat you kind of say,
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  • those are my people,I'm going to win that,
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  • my party owns that state.
  • 00:09:01.752 --> 00:09:03.287
  • You're not going tospend time there,
  • 00:09:03.287 --> 00:09:05.256
  • but at the same time, ifyou've got a swing state
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  • that has 25 electoralvotes and a swing state
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  • that has three electoralvotes, you'll probably spend
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  • more time in the 25because you've got to get
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  • to that 270 thresholdto win the presidency.
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  • That really makes theprocess difficult.
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  • Running for president reallycan be a four year process.
  • 00:09:21.405 --> 00:09:25.176
  • A lot of times it startsright after the election.
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  • The other side will startchoosing their candidates
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  • and grooming them andgetting their party
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  • and stuff ready in those states.
  • 00:09:31.549 --> 00:09:33.217
  • So it can be avery long process.
  • 00:09:33.217 --> 00:09:35.419
  • It is a very gruelingprocess that we now have
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  • under this two partysystem with the primaries
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  • the way that it is.
  • 00:09:39.857 --> 00:09:41.359
  • This is what's been goingon in presidential politics
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  • for almost a centuryand a half now.
  • 00:09:43.594 --> 00:09:45.796
  • - There's a lot involvedin the campaign process.
  • 00:09:45.796 --> 00:09:47.632
  • - There really is.
  • 00:09:47.632 --> 00:09:48.833
  • When an individualcampaigns for office,
  • 00:09:48.833 --> 00:09:50.668
  • especially at the federallevel, even at the state level,
  • 00:09:50.668 --> 00:09:53.237
  • he or she generally choosesthree to five issues
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  • to talk about with voters.
  • 00:09:55.706 --> 00:09:57.208
  • Now, they have platformsand they're presented
  • 00:09:57.208 --> 00:09:59.410
  • like a playbook fortheir time in office.
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  • But it's important to recognizethat these talking points
  • 00:10:02.179 --> 00:10:04.582
  • are just the tip of the iceberg.
  • 00:10:04.582 --> 00:10:06.717
  • The individuals we electwill be responsible literally
  • 00:10:06.717 --> 00:10:09.654
  • for thousands of policieson numerous issues.
  • 00:10:09.654 --> 00:10:13.491
  • Hundreds of thosepolicies will become law,
  • 00:10:13.491 --> 00:10:15.793
  • and they'll affect eachand every one of us.
  • 00:10:15.793 --> 00:10:18.295
  • So how can we be sure weknow the true platform
  • 00:10:18.295 --> 00:10:20.831
  • of each candidate, not justthe three to five issues?
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  • Well, it's not that difficultif you know where to look.
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  • - [Announcer] In orderto run for president
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  • and appear on theelection ballot,
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  • you must either be nominatedby a political party
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  • or register your own name with
  • 00:10:36.147 --> 00:10:37.648
  • the Federal Election Commission.
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  • In some states, a candidatemay have to pay a filing fee
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  • or show that they spent upto $5.000 towards a campaign
  • 00:10:42.586 --> 00:10:46.457
  • in order to have his or hername printed on the ballot.
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  • Not too bad, right?
  • 00:10:49.126 --> 00:10:50.561
  • But in reality, $5.000will barely cover the pizza
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  • for the volunteersneeded if a candidate
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  • is truly serious aboutbecoming president.
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  • Each presidential candidatemust establish eligibility
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  • by showing broad-basedpublic support
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  • in state after stateacross the entire nation.
  • 00:11:04.175 --> 00:11:07.244
  • That means travel,petitions, volunteer staff,
  • 00:11:07.244 --> 00:11:11.048
  • paid staff, town meetings,fundraisers and advertisement.
  • 00:11:11.048 --> 00:11:15.152
  • All of those expenses canstart adding up pretty fast.
  • 00:11:15.152 --> 00:11:18.556
  • Once the candidate getson the primary ballot,
  • 00:11:18.556 --> 00:11:20.825
  • things go a whole new levelwith even more travel,
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  • debate costs, TVcommercials, more staffers
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  • and their staffers,more town meetings,
  • 00:11:27.298 --> 00:11:29.900
  • wardrobe and photo ops, becauseyou have to look your best,
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  • direct mail, email, morepizza for the volunteers,
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  • press releases, hats, yardsigns, bumper stickers,
  • 00:11:36.540 --> 00:11:39.877
  • online advertisements,and the list goes on.
  • 00:11:39.877 --> 00:11:43.180
  • Like a poker game, eachcandidate and their supporters
  • 00:11:43.180 --> 00:11:46.117
  • keep upping the anteuntil the actual election.
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  • Whoever's able to stay in thelongest makes it to the finals
  • 00:11:49.019 --> 00:11:52.223
  • and the money stakesare raised even higher.
  • 00:11:52.223 --> 00:11:54.859
  • But is this all necessary?
  • 00:11:54.859 --> 00:11:56.527
  • Well, spending more moneythan the other party
  • 00:11:56.527 --> 00:11:58.829
  • doesn't alwaysguarantee the victory,
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  • but it can make an impact.
  • 00:12:00.664 --> 00:12:02.399
  • Altogether, in thelast election of 2016,
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  • political parties as a wholereceived and spent $1.6 billion
  • 00:12:05.469 --> 00:12:10.441
  • on the congressional andpresidential elections,
  • 00:12:10.441 --> 00:12:13.210
  • and political actioncommittees raised and spent
  • 00:12:13.210 --> 00:12:15.780
  • $4 billion on theirfavorite candidates
  • 00:12:15.780 --> 00:12:18.582
  • in only a 24 month period.
  • 00:12:18.582 --> 00:12:20.818
  • That's a lot of money,but as you can see,
  • 00:12:20.818 --> 00:12:23.154
  • it takes a lot of money toreach 220 million voters.
  • 00:12:23.154 --> 00:12:26.957
  • Now, when your candidateasks for support,
  • 00:12:26.957 --> 00:12:29.393
  • you'll have a better ideaof where all that money
  • 00:12:29.393 --> 00:12:31.629
  • is actually going.
  • 00:12:31.629 --> 00:12:33.564
  • - As presidents considerrunning for office,
  • 00:12:33.564 --> 00:12:35.166
  • one of the things theyhave to measure is where
  • 00:12:35.166 --> 00:12:37.768
  • is the general populace whenit comes to their support?
  • 00:12:37.768 --> 00:12:41.238
  • Do I have the support it takes
  • 00:12:41.238 --> 00:12:42.740
  • to be able to be the president,
  • 00:12:42.740 --> 00:12:44.108
  • and this is where it'sinteresting looking at polling,
  • 00:12:44.108 --> 00:12:46.210
  • because even though polling'snot always super accurate,
  • 00:12:46.210 --> 00:12:48.612
  • it gives you a prettygood indication
  • 00:12:48.612 --> 00:12:50.214
  • if you even have achance, should you run,
  • 00:12:50.214 --> 00:12:52.016
  • and maybe even once you'vemade it to the primary
  • 00:12:52.016 --> 00:12:54.118
  • and the general election,polling is just kind of
  • 00:12:54.118 --> 00:12:56.287
  • a big deal inpresidential elections.
  • 00:12:56.287 --> 00:12:57.521
  • - It is a huge deal inpresidential elections,
  • 00:12:57.521 --> 00:12:59.623
  • and there's two kindsof polling, actually.
  • 00:12:59.623 --> 00:13:01.826
  • There's polling you dointernally for the campaign,
  • 00:13:01.826 --> 00:13:04.461
  • and there's pollingyou do externally
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  • to release to the public.
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  • If I do internalpolling and I find out
  • 00:13:07.932 --> 00:13:09.800
  • I'm really well knownin all these states,
  • 00:13:09.800 --> 00:13:11.268
  • then I'm going torelease to the public
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  • that I am this popularguy in all these states.
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  • If I do polling and itshows that nobody knows me
  • 00:13:15.573 --> 00:13:17.975
  • and nobody likes my positions,
  • 00:13:17.975 --> 00:13:19.610
  • I'm not going to releasethat to the public.
  • 00:13:19.610 --> 00:13:21.478
  • So polling can bea political tool,
  • 00:13:21.478 --> 00:13:23.514
  • but it's also a politicalassessment that's used.
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  • Different kinds of pollinghappens at different times,
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  • but it really iscrucial to what goes on.
  • 00:13:29.119 --> 00:13:31.488
  • The further you getinto a campaign,
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  • and the more it becomesbetween the two candidates,
  • 00:13:33.390 --> 00:13:35.993
  • the more polling is used.
  • 00:13:35.993 --> 00:13:37.828
  • Sometimes it's accurate andsometimes it's not accurate.
  • 00:13:37.828 --> 00:13:41.532
  • Sometimes you use it almost,
  • 00:13:41.532 --> 00:13:43.601
  • I'm going to usethe word propaganda.
  • 00:13:43.601 --> 00:13:45.202
  • You're wanting to make a point.
  • 00:13:45.202 --> 00:13:47.137
  • We've seen it in so manyelections for so many years.
  • 00:13:47.137 --> 00:13:49.340
  • Polling has been so inaccurate
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  • when it's all overand done with,
  • 00:13:51.475 --> 00:13:53.110
  • but it's a way oftrying to convince you
  • 00:13:53.110 --> 00:13:55.112
  • that everybody elseis moving this way
  • 00:13:55.112 --> 00:13:57.014
  • and you need toget over here too.
  • 00:13:57.014 --> 00:13:58.515
  • So you really have to be careful
  • 00:13:58.515 --> 00:14:00.251
  • when you start seeing polling.
  • 00:14:00.251 --> 00:14:01.652
  • There is some accurate polling,some accurate pollsters,
  • 00:14:01.652 --> 00:14:04.054
  • but there's somevery inappropriateways to poll as well.
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  • - Yeah, and alsolooking at polling,
  • 00:14:06.824 --> 00:14:08.459
  • we have friends who actuallydo some political polling.
  • 00:14:08.459 --> 00:14:11.128
  • They do a lot of workwith a lot of communities.
  • 00:14:11.128 --> 00:14:14.665
  • One of our friends pointsout that you can get
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  • almost any answer youwant from the poll
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  • based on how youask the question.
  • 00:14:19.270 --> 00:14:21.705
  • This is sometimes where yousee very inaccurate polling,
  • 00:14:21.705 --> 00:14:23.874
  • but not only do youwant polling to know
  • 00:14:23.874 --> 00:14:25.175
  • where a candidatestands in the sense of
  • 00:14:25.175 --> 00:14:27.645
  • where their level of support is,
  • 00:14:27.645 --> 00:14:29.380
  • you also will, ifyou're a candidate,
  • 00:14:29.380 --> 00:14:31.015
  • you want to dopolling of the people
  • 00:14:31.015 --> 00:14:32.716
  • to see where arethey on this issue?
  • 00:14:32.716 --> 00:14:35.819
  • How do they feelabout this wording?
  • 00:14:35.819 --> 00:14:38.188
  • Do they like my message,because what you will often find
  • 00:14:38.188 --> 00:14:41.525
  • is that duringpresidential campaigns,
  • 00:14:41.525 --> 00:14:43.394
  • presidents will beginto use different words
  • 00:14:43.394 --> 00:14:45.763
  • or even shift theirmessage, and part of it
  • 00:14:45.763 --> 00:14:48.132
  • is because their campaign hasdone polling and found out,
  • 00:14:48.132 --> 00:14:50.901
  • hey, we're about togo to all these states
  • 00:14:50.901 --> 00:14:53.037
  • and they didn't like thatword you used in the last one.
  • 00:14:53.037 --> 00:14:55.239
  • You need to usethis different word.
  • 00:14:55.239 --> 00:14:57.441
  • This is where it'sinteresting about polling too,
  • 00:14:57.441 --> 00:14:58.943
  • is it's not just pollingthat let's the people know
  • 00:14:58.943 --> 00:15:01.512
  • how a presidentialcandidate's doing.
  • 00:15:01.512 --> 00:15:03.580
  • There's a lot of in thehouse polling that happens.
  • 00:15:03.580 --> 00:15:07.251
  • You talked about it withinthe campaign that happens.
  • 00:15:07.251 --> 00:15:09.353
  • That lets a presidentialcandidate know
  • 00:15:09.353 --> 00:15:11.522
  • how should we be messaging this?
  • 00:15:11.522 --> 00:15:13.090
  • What should we be communicating?
  • 00:15:13.090 --> 00:15:14.325
  • Because if you knowwho you're targeting,
  • 00:15:14.325 --> 00:15:15.826
  • and in theory you're goingto target all 50 states,
  • 00:15:15.826 --> 00:15:18.062
  • you want to win everybody,but for example,
  • 00:15:18.062 --> 00:15:19.730
  • if you know there'ssome swing states
  • 00:15:19.730 --> 00:15:21.365
  • and I need to winthese swing states,
  • 00:15:21.365 --> 00:15:23.133
  • there might be certain messagesthat are carried off better
  • 00:15:23.133 --> 00:15:26.870
  • or better received incertain states than others,
  • 00:15:26.870 --> 00:15:29.073
  • so this is where pollingbecomes significant
  • 00:15:29.073 --> 00:15:31.075
  • not just the generalpolling of how many people
  • 00:15:31.075 --> 00:15:33.777
  • like that candidate, butalso presidential campaigns
  • 00:15:33.777 --> 00:15:36.914
  • will use pollingfor lots of purposes
  • 00:15:36.914 --> 00:15:38.949
  • inside of their campaign.
  • 00:15:38.949 --> 00:15:40.217
  • - This is where weas Christian citizens
  • 00:15:40.217 --> 00:15:42.219
  • have to be really committedto our principles.
  • 00:15:42.219 --> 00:15:44.655
  • We have to look atthe principles and say
  • 00:15:44.655 --> 00:15:46.123
  • this is what I stand for,and even though polling shows
  • 00:15:46.123 --> 00:15:49.259
  • everybody else isgoing the other way,
  • 00:15:49.259 --> 00:15:50.761
  • that's not necessarilyaccurate polling.
  • 00:15:50.761 --> 00:15:53.163
  • That's the kind of stuff that'soften done to sway opinions.
  • 00:15:53.163 --> 00:15:56.033
  • There's a former presidentfrom back in the '70s,
  • 00:15:56.033 --> 00:15:58.302
  • he said data frompolling, other things,
  • 00:15:58.302 --> 00:16:01.605
  • is much like the way adrunk can use a lamp post.
  • 00:16:01.605 --> 00:16:05.809
  • He can use the lamppost to lean on it,
  • 00:16:05.809 --> 00:16:08.078
  • or he can use the lamppost to illuminate.
  • 00:16:08.078 --> 00:16:10.481
  • A lot of times polling isdone to give you numbers
  • 00:16:10.481 --> 00:16:13.217
  • to lean on, to say, oh,this is where I want to go.
  • 00:16:13.217 --> 00:16:15.319
  • Everybody's going this way.
  • 00:16:15.319 --> 00:16:16.587
  • - To prop a candidateup, to make you think
  • 00:16:16.587 --> 00:16:18.055
  • that candidate's awesome.
  • 00:16:18.055 --> 00:16:19.590
  • Really, maybe they'rejust propping it up
  • 00:16:19.590 --> 00:16:21.158
  • with some inaccurate polling,but that does happen.
  • 00:16:21.158 --> 00:16:24.094
  • - It does happen.
  • 00:16:24.094 --> 00:16:25.362
  • - Or they can useit the other way.
  • 00:16:25.362 --> 00:16:26.897
  • - They can use it toilluminate and say
  • 00:16:26.897 --> 00:16:28.365
  • this is what weactually believe,
  • 00:16:28.365 --> 00:16:29.733
  • this is where the nation is.
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  • Truth is always the objectivefor a Christian individual,
  • 00:16:31.235 --> 00:16:34.171
  • a Christian candidate, itshould be the objective,
  • 00:16:34.171 --> 00:16:36.306
  • a Christian campaign, anywherethat Christians are involved,
  • 00:16:36.306 --> 00:16:38.809
  • truth has got tobe at the essence.
  • 00:16:38.809 --> 00:16:40.544
  • So for us as individualvoters, we look and say
  • 00:16:40.544 --> 00:16:43.414
  • I want to knowwhat the truth is,
  • 00:16:43.414 --> 00:16:44.481
  • and that's based on principles.
  • 00:16:44.481 --> 00:16:46.016
  • It's not based on where allthe people are on this issue
  • 00:16:46.016 --> 00:16:48.352
  • or in this region or this poll.
  • 00:16:48.352 --> 00:16:50.154
  • We really have to becareful when we hear that.
  • 00:16:50.154 --> 00:16:52.256
  • The same thing when weget into social media,
  • 00:16:52.256 --> 00:16:54.358
  • which is another way ofshifting and shaping opinion,
  • 00:16:54.358 --> 00:16:57.294
  • and it's not alwaysnecessarily true.
  • 00:16:57.294 --> 00:16:59.296
  • - Social media's alsowhere so much campaigning
  • 00:16:59.296 --> 00:17:01.632
  • is going to happengoing forward.
  • 00:17:01.632 --> 00:17:03.867
  • Certainly presidents, orpeople running for president
  • 00:17:03.867 --> 00:17:06.336
  • in a presidentialcampaign, you're thinking
  • 00:17:06.336 --> 00:17:07.805
  • I need TV ads, I needads all over social media
  • 00:17:07.805 --> 00:17:10.274
  • and YouTube, you haveto get yourself known,
  • 00:17:10.274 --> 00:17:12.376
  • but most of the timeyou get a 30 second
  • 00:17:12.376 --> 00:17:14.711
  • or one minute spotthat you're running,
  • 00:17:14.711 --> 00:17:16.780
  • and most people actuallywill vote for a candidate
  • 00:17:16.780 --> 00:17:19.783
  • based off a 30 second ad thatthey saw a president take out.
  • 00:17:19.783 --> 00:17:23.587
  • Well, in 30 seconds,you don't always give
  • 00:17:23.587 --> 00:17:26.290
  • the full values of whatyou believe or support,
  • 00:17:26.290 --> 00:17:28.792
  • and in 30 seconds, you actuallycan make a really bad person
  • 00:17:28.792 --> 00:17:32.162
  • look really good if all you know
  • 00:17:32.162 --> 00:17:33.897
  • is what this 30 secondcommercial showed,
  • 00:17:33.897 --> 00:17:35.966
  • which is why weshouldn't just look
  • 00:17:35.966 --> 00:17:37.601
  • at what a campaignadvertisement says.
  • 00:17:37.601 --> 00:17:40.604
  • We don't just watchwhat's on social media,
  • 00:17:40.604 --> 00:17:42.306
  • we don't justwatch what's on TV.
  • 00:17:42.306 --> 00:17:44.074
  • We want to look beyond that.
  • 00:17:44.074 --> 00:17:45.576
  • One of the reallygood places to look
  • 00:17:45.576 --> 00:17:47.411
  • even at presidential candidatesis where do they stand
  • 00:17:47.411 --> 00:17:50.280
  • on the issues, and oneof the things they do,
  • 00:17:50.280 --> 00:17:52.015
  • running inside the party,is they have a platform
  • 00:17:52.015 --> 00:17:54.485
  • that they are advocating forthose values on the platform.
  • 00:17:54.485 --> 00:17:58.055
  • We need to go beyondjust the campaign ad.
  • 00:17:58.055 --> 00:18:00.791
  • We need to look at the platform.
  • 00:18:00.791 --> 00:18:02.826
  • [Button clicking]
  • 00:18:04.094 --> 00:18:06.096
  • - [Announcer] How can you know
  • 00:18:06.096 --> 00:18:07.097
  • what a candidatereally supports?
  • 00:18:07.097 --> 00:18:08.799
  • In some ways, election campaignsare often like watching
  • 00:18:08.799 --> 00:18:11.502
  • a quarterback performa fake handoff.
  • 00:18:11.502 --> 00:18:13.704
  • He keeps you looking at one hand
  • 00:18:13.704 --> 00:18:15.239
  • when it's really the otherhand you should be watching,
  • 00:18:15.239 --> 00:18:17.674
  • because that's where all theimportant action is happening.
  • 00:18:17.674 --> 00:18:20.377
  • But when it comes to politics,you don't have to be fooled
  • 00:18:20.377 --> 00:18:23.013
  • by a candidate's sleight ofhand if you know where to look.
  • 00:18:23.013 --> 00:18:25.916
  • When candidates run for office,
  • 00:18:25.916 --> 00:18:27.451
  • they are playing ona particular team.
  • 00:18:27.451 --> 00:18:29.386
  • So if their team wins,they will be following
  • 00:18:29.386 --> 00:18:31.455
  • the playbook of that team.
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  • A party's platform is what setsforth the team's game plan.
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  • It lists what they will do,what policies they will pass
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  • if they get in, whetherat the federal, state,
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  • county or local level,so it's important to know
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  • what the candidate's partyor team thinks about issues
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  • like education, freedomof speech, gun control,
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  • abortion, internationalrelations, big government,
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  • small business,national security.
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  • The platform or playbookby which a candidate runs
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  • reflects much moreaccurately what they will do
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  • once they get into office thanany campaign ad or commercial
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  • so take the time to readthe various platforms.
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  • They are short andaccurate indicators
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  • of how the candidates willperform if their team wins.
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  • - So we see that platformsare very important
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  • for identifying wherea candidate stands.
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  • One of the reasons we alwayswant to know where they stand
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  • is because even thoughin culture today
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  • we look a lot at thepersonality of the individual,
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  • and we say I reallylike this person,
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  • I like their attitude,I like their behavior,
  • 00:19:26.977 --> 00:19:29.546
  • but personality isnot what we really
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  • should be prioritizingour vote on.
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  • It really needs tobe the principle,
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  • and where you find theprinciple is the platform.
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  • A lot of times today,we look at a party.
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  • People say, well that's mypart, I'm voting for them.
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  • Well, sometimes that'sokay, but we want to know
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  • what is the principleof the person involved,
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  • and that's wheresometimes the platform
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  • really does help showthe principles atleast of the party,
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  • but we've come to a placetoday where it seems
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  • that fewer and fewer peopleare caring about principle
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  • and we care a lot moreabout personality,
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  • which is kind ofa bad place to be.
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  • - Yeah, it is a bad place to be.
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  • I would say it's a safething, I think, to say
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  • that most of the peoplein the two major parties,
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  • most of those votershave never read
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  • their own platformfor their party.
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  • They're voting on thepersonality of who's running
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  • or on 30 second ads or on soundbites or on something else,
  • 00:20:13.457 --> 00:20:16.660
  • and they're not seeingthat when that person
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  • gets into office, they'regoing to enact literally
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  • thousands of policies, and youwant to be principle driven.
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  • One of the early piecesof great political wisdom
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  • was given by PresidentGeorge Washington.
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  • President Washington hadgiven so much to see America
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  • become this strong nation.
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  • After having spent 45years in public service
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  • and finishing hislast eight years
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  • as President of the UntiedStates, as he's leaving
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  • the presidency, he giveshis famous farewell address.
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  • In that farewell address,he sums up for Americans
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  • what really we prettymuch already knew,
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  • but he's just reminding us.
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  • He said one of thegreatest banes or enemies
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  • of free governmentis a love of party.
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  • He didn't say parties were bad,
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  • he said if you love yourparty more than you love
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  • your principle, that willdestroy a free government.
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  • So he talked abouthow important it is
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  • to love the right principlesand not have a love for party.
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  • So as Christians,when we get involved,
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  • it's okay to beinvolved in parties,
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  • but I'm involved in aparty because I have
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  • certain principles Iwant to see move forward,
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  • and I'm involved in that party
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  • to move thoseprinciples forward.
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  • If I can't get themto move forward,
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  • I'm going to find aplace where I can move
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  • those principles forwardbecause principles
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  • are more importantthan personalities.
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  • That really is thecore of Proverbs 14:34
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  • which tells us to be carefulabout our public policies.
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  • - Yeah, one of thegreat examples I think
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  • from American historyis Benjamin Rush.
  • 00:21:38.208 --> 00:21:39.776
  • Benjamin Rush signedthe Declaration,
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  • he helped ratifythe Constitution,
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  • and then he served underthe first three presidents,
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  • all of whom were from adifferent political party.
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  • There was a time in hislife somebody came to him
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  • and said, okay,Benjamin, help me out.
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  • You are working with allthese different guys.
  • 00:21:53.123 --> 00:21:55.492
  • Benjamin Rush says, I'vebeen called an aristocrat,
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  • I've been called a Democrat.
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  • People are trying to figureout what party I'm from.
  • 00:21:59.162 --> 00:22:00.664
  • He says, I'm not any of that.
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  • I'm a Christ-o-crat,
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  • meaning the onlything I care about
  • 00:22:04.267 --> 00:22:06.136
  • are Christian principles, andI want to move those forward
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  • regardless of the party.
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  • This is where, in culturetoday, it's so easy to look
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  • and say this party'sgood, that party's bad
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  • for whatever reason.
  • 00:22:16.012 --> 00:22:17.247
  • We need to say, waita second, what we care
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  • the most about arethe principles.
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  • We want to promoteGodly principles,
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  • we want to promoteBiblical principles.
  • 00:22:21.985 --> 00:22:23.553
  • We know that righteousnessis what exalts a nation,
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  • so we want to, asChristians, to promote Godly
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  • and righteous principles.
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  • Part of how we want todo that is try to elect
  • 00:22:29.993 --> 00:22:32.129
  • a Godly and a righteouspresident and a leader,
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  • and part of how thathappens is we have
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  • to get involved earlythrough the process,
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  • through the primary process.
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  • We help get that candidatethrough the primary process
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  • and then we stayengaged the whole time,
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  • making sure that we are votingnot just for personality,
  • 00:22:43.373 --> 00:22:46.810
  • but for principlesof righteousness.
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  • - [Announcer] The civil arenacan be an intimidating place,
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  • but the more informed youare, the more empowered
  • 00:22:52.115 --> 00:22:54.451
  • you will be to get involved.
  • 00:22:54.451 --> 00:22:55.919
  • Voting is not just a right,it's a responsibility.
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  • As Christians, we arecalled to steward the nation
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  • God has placed us in,but stewardship starts
  • 00:23:01.625 --> 00:23:04.261
  • long before youhead to the polls.
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  • First, remember this this.
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  • Choose principles over party.
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  • Look at what the Biblesays about education,
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  • life, economics, marriage,family, immigration,
  • 00:23:12.636 --> 00:23:16.373
  • religious liberty, andthen choose the party
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  • and the candidates thatbest mirror those values.
  • 00:23:18.675 --> 00:23:21.478
  • Principles over party.
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  • Second, it'simportant to support
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  • the good quality candidatesrunning for public office.
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  • Although the candidate whostands for Godly values
  • 00:23:28.285 --> 00:23:30.687
  • may often be bullied,belittled, attacked or ignored
  • 00:23:30.687 --> 00:23:33.824
  • by the media, this is notan insurmountable problem.
  • 00:23:33.824 --> 00:23:36.793
  • A candidate canovercome the media
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  • with a strong grassrootsteam lifting him up.
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  • So when you find a goodcandidate, get involved.
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  • Offer whatever financialsupport you can.
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  • Volunteer some of your time,
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  • even if it's onlyan hour or two.
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  • Voice and show your supportfor those candidates
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  • in the community.
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  • Vote at all primariesand main elections.
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  • Call or write his or heroffice to let them know
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  • that you supportwhat they're doing.
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  • Unfortunately, too fewChristians communicate directly
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  • with those electedto represent them.
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  • Politicians are constantlymaking decisions
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  • that will affect yourcity, state and country,
  • 00:24:07.524 --> 00:24:10.260
  • and a well-writtenletter or email
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  • can have more impactthan you can imagine.
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  • Third, once you have becomeactive as an individual,
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  • it may be time tolead community change.
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  • Yes, you.
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  • Gather others whobelieve as you do
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  • and start a local groupin your community.
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  • Effective change most oftencomes through well-organized
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  • and well-led groupsthat represent a bodyof the electorate.
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  • Finally, pray.
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  • Become active in prayingfor leaders and officials
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  • at all levels, asinstructed in I Timothy two,
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  • verses one through four.
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  • Pray for elected officials,issues, court cases
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  • and potential candidates.
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  • There is power in prayer.
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  • As a founding father, JohnHancock wisely challenged
  • 00:24:45.929 --> 00:24:48.999
  • Christian citizens in his day.
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  • "I urge you, by all that isdear, by all that is honorable,
  • 00:24:50.734 --> 00:24:54.504
  • by all that is sacred,not only that ye pray,
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  • but that ye act."
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  • Do all four ofthese action steps,
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  • and you can shape the futureof your city, state and nation.
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  • It's time to put yourinfluence to work
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  • through electionseason and beyond.
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  • - A big election is approaching
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  • and some major decisionsare about to be made.
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  • Voting is one of ourmost important rights
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  • and responsibilitiesas U.S. citizens,
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  • and this next electionwill ultimately determine
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  • who makes the callson all the issues
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  • that you and I carethe most about.
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  • In this upcoming election,your voice and your vote count.
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  • - The president who takesoffice will have the opportunity
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  • to make some majordecisions this term
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  • that will impactgenerations to come.
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  • The one third of theSenate we vote into office
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  • this election willdetermine just how far
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  • that next president can goin making those decisions,
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  • and all the House ofRepresentative seats
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  • will be up for grabs.
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  • So this is the year to showup and vote your values.
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  • - We have a chance to shapehistory one vote at a time.
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