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Who are you voting against?



So, who are you voting against? The 2016 presidential contest seems to be about deciding between the lesser of two evils. Many democrats will vote for Hillary Clinton, but don’t necessarily like her. Same for republicans and Donald Trump. Both have unfavoraability ratings that are off the charts. Among registered voters, Clinton has an unfavorability rating of 59, and Trump has an unapproval rating of 60. That makes them the most unlikeable president candidates in 30 years. So many voters will be voting against, rather than for, the candidates. How can it be that if we don’t really like either of the candidates, how did they get the nomination? Apparently we liked the other candidates even less. But there are other choices in the November election. On the ballot in Wisconsin, in addition to Clinton and Trump, are Jill Stein of the Green Party and Gary Johnson of the Libertarian party. Many would say a vote for any of the fringe candidates is a wasted vote, because those candidates can’t win. But if we are only willing to consider from the two major parties, we’re stuck with whatever candidates they spoon feed us, even if we can’t stand the taste

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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