My Turn: What is your political compass heading?

By From page A4 | July 31, 2013

I have met thousands of people in my course of campaigning and they would ask me about my political ideology. Am I conservative or liberal? I told them I am in the middle. I would question them about their ideology. Some would state that I am very conservative. Then I would ask them, “Do you believe in women’s reproductive rights?” Of course I do was their response. I would scratch my head. What about same-sex marriage, I would ask? Every adult has the right to marry the person of their choice they would say. I would scratch my head a little harder. Similarly I received the same responses with people who stated they were very, very liberal. You are very liberal but you believe in a free marketplace, I would ask. Yes, they would reply.

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