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02/06/00

MORE ON HEATHER HARDER AND THE PRESIDENCY

 

 

BY JEFF LOVE

Dr. Harder lost in the New Hampshire primary

In the Presidential primary Presidential election of Tuesday, February 1, 2000 held in New Hampshire, Heather Harder received only 192 votes. Approximately 145,000 of the electorate voted in the Democratic Presidential primary in New Hampshire. She finished second of the lesser - known candidates, behind Charles Buckley, a native of New Hampshire who received 322 votes. Dr. Harder received about 0.002% of the Democratic votes. She received fewer votes than her  Presidential primary campaign of 1996. She received 369 votes in 1996. As Dr. Harder explained the situation, [it was a] "tight race between the big boys."

Presidential Campaign in Pennsylvania

The filing deadline in Pennsylvania in the Presidential Primary is closed for Democrats and Republicans. The Primary in Pennsylvania takes place on April 4, 2000. Harder is not on the ballot in the Pennsylvania primary.

Measuring the quality of a presidential candidate

These four standards are useful tools for measuring the potential performance of a Presidential candidate:

    1. Character Strong character demonstrates excellent morality. The candidate handles crisis and stress well. A candidate shows the admirable traits of integrity and merit. He or she lives the four cardinal virtues of Western civilization: temperance, courage, justice, and prudence.

    2.  Competence The candidate demonstrates these qualifications: knowledge and understanding, skills of leadership, and experience of life and politics.

    3.  Wisdom The candidate demonstrates sound judgement, good sense, plans well for the future, and is aware of the consequences of action. He or she demonstrates excellence in developing strategies and policies. He or she understands the needs and wants of the voters.

    4.Charisma The candidate shows the personal magic of leadership that arouses loyalty and devotion in his or her followers. He or she projects the image of charm and strong leadership