MoveOn.org issues Bush-McCain challenge listen05/28/08 Seán Kinane
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The liberal online activist group MoveOn.org has released a new television ad and quiz drawing comparisons between the policies of President George W. Bush and presumptive Republican nominee John McCain. Today, in over 300 locations across the country, MoveOn volunteers invited voters to take the quiz, called the “Bush-McCain Challenge.”
JoEllen Schilke hosts the program "Art In Your Ear" on Friday afternoons on WMNF. She organized the Bush-McCain Challenge on the corner of Fifth and Central in downtown St. Pete to see whether people can distinguish between the policies of these two Republicans. She likes to call it the “McBush Quiz.”
A man who gave his name only as Jim was pushing a baby in a stroller and said he plans on voting for Barack Obama in November.
Chris Lanitis is a member of MoveOn.org and has not decided who he will vote for in November. Lanitis gave the survey to several people who had similar reactions after they had taken it.
Robby Williams said he is going to vote for Obama in November and said that taking the quiz made him feel “uh, angry. … But I’m going to vote anyway.”
One question on the Bush-McCain Challenge is “Who went on a nationwide speaking tour trying to convince Americans to privatize our Social Security.” The answer is “Both Bush and McCain. The idea proved unpopular with, well, basically everyone in America.”
Leonard Schmiege took the quiz and said he would not vote for a Republican in November unless it’s Ron Paul. He said he might vote for Barack Obama, but would not vote for Hillary Clinton because of her support for the invasion of Iraq.
Bob Devin-Jones works at the Studio@620 and said he would vote for Obama if he is the Democratic nominee and for Clinton if she wins the nomination. Devin-Jones scored one out of five on the Bush-McCain challenge.
Schilke said she was originally a supporter of Bill Richardson for president. She now supports Obama but will vote for whoever is nomined. Schilke is concerned that McCain will continue the Bush policies of endless wars.