Daniel Freedman: Voters Beware: Your Next President Is About to Lie to You
July 26, 2011

By Daniel Freedman


The dirty secret of presidential campaigns is that those crafting the candidate’s public pledges are usually not those who will be in charge of policy if victorious. As a consequence, voters who take to heart promises made between now and November 6, 2012, are likely to be disappointed – even (or rather: especially) if their candidate wins.

Just ask those who voted for President Obama. As a candidate, Senator Barack Obama repeatedly told Democratic primary voters that if elected he’d close the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The base is still open today.

His predecessor, George W. Bush, was no different. In 2000, as a candidate, Governor Bush repeatedly promised Jewish and evangelical audiences that: “As soon as I take office I will begin the process of moving the U.S. ambassador to the city Israel has chosen as its capital,” – Jerusalem…


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