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Does the sex life of a politician really matter?

Much was made of Clinton, Gary Hart and JFK. Soon the moral kleeglights will burn bright on Gingrich and Guiliani. I personally don't care. Does it matter to you? Why?

Asked By: Garth Rocket - 5/8/2007
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Ordinarily a person's sex life should be a private affair. But for someone who lives in the public eye, it can matter. Morality issues aside; a person's private life can interact with his public life and become an issue... More
Answered By: robbocop - 5/8/2007
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Nope.What do I care what they do in their personal life as long as it doesn't interfere with their political life.
Answered By: Stephanie - 5/8/2007
 
If a candidate makes his moral character an issue in an election by pandering to those who think it matters, then it is an issue to show his or her hypocrisy. Otherwise, if it does not interfere with his position and he is straightforward about it I do not think it should matter.
Answered By: Kenneth D - 5/8/2007
 
It should only be of concern to their spouse.
Answered By: Blackacre - 5/8/2007
 
all of us need to learn about our leaders and how they express themselves when buried to the hilt within a female. This will tell us how they think
Answered By: thetravelinggardener - 5/8/2007
 
Not their sex life personally but their views on sex.
Answered By: Chad McDiebold - 5/8/2007
 
Shouldn't matter any more or any less than any other employee...
Answered By: Duane T - 5/8/2007
 
As I said before,I don't care if they bang hootchie mamas on the highway with a sign on their bare a**es! Just keep it out of the Oval office and concentrate. What you do at Motel 6 is your business.
Answered By: bugeyes - 5/8/2007
 
yes... More
Answered By: GOP_Princess - 5/8/2007
 
What they do in bed and who they do it with is of no concern to me. As long as it doesn't interfere with their doing their job. In other words no sleep overs during a crisis.
Answered By: Lori B - 5/8/2007
 
If you cheat on your wife it shows a lack of character. I personally think if you cheat on your wife then whats to stop you from doing something else ethically wrong.
Answered By: mnwoman - 5/8/2007
 
Only if it affects his ability to perform his functions as a politician. I personally don't care and really don't want to know about the details. Memo to press....see above.
Answered By: Steve E - 5/8/2007
 
only when they preach morals and then break the same princables they where telling the rest of us to obey, personally i dont care if they practice what they preach i mean think about ted haggard that guy is scum, but if he was just a junkie on the street it wouldnt have been so bad youd almost expect it, BOTTOM LINE NO... More
Answered By: THE IZZARDKING - 5/8/2007
 
Personally, the thought of clinton getting catered to by lewinski when he could have been stopping bin laden really annoys me. I think it kinda' does matter... More
Answered By: Delphi - 5/8/2007
 
We want our politicians to be of good moral character. That's why improper conduct (sex) has brought down many a man.
Answered By: dogsrspcl - 5/8/2007
 
It matters when they lie about it... More
Answered By: libstalker - 5/8/2007
 
Yes, because once they discover sex they'll just procreate and we'll be inundated with more little politicians who don't know their arse from their elbow.
Answered By: Ben - 5/8/2007
 
I think that if they started going after all the presidential candidates on the subject of their sex lives, they could really talk about very little else. I think it's a very dangerous subject for the Democrats to open, or for anyone to open, and it's a complete irrelevancy as well... More
Answered By: Brite Tiger - 5/8/2007
 
When political candidates portray themselves as men and women of 'honor' and 'family values' - it does matter. Because they should be expected to be held to a higher standard simply due to the office they're coveting... More
Answered By: -RKO- - 5/8/2007
 
Honestly, it shouldn't really matter. However, many politicians use family values, and morales as a base for being elected. If they are being unfaithful and not subscribing to their own mission statement, then I think it does have validity and should be brought up because it's dishonesty... More
Answered By: BrhamBoy23 - 5/8/2007
 
Well yes, if one of your politicians is a pedophile shouldn't he go to jail like everyone else? Also sexual harassment is wrong and politicians shouldn't be excluded from punishments that we all would face if we broke the law.
Answered By: weirdgrl84 - 5/8/2007
 
Yes it should, especially on high ranking politicians... More
Answered By: lethander_99 - 5/8/2007
 
YES When people get married they take a SOLEMN VOW to be faithful to their spouse, to be honest with their spouse, "forsaking all others", "for as long as we both shall live". If a politician cannot remain faithful, loyal, and honest to his or her spouse then he will do the same with the constituents.
Answered By: josepht81779 - 5/8/2007
 
No it shouldn't really matter. However, when sex involves children, r**e or infidelity, that is a problem. Sex is often used to compromise or gain favor over a politician in order to get the politician in line with an agenda. This is spy-craft 101 and is often used as a neutralization tool by holding "a mortgage... More
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Answered By: Clayton P - 5/8/2007
 
Yes. Because unlike hired employees, these are elected officials. We elect the whole person, not just the business side of the person. They are and should be held to a higher standard and looked up to to do the job(s) we hired them to do. If they cannot control one side of their life, who says they will be able to... More
Answered By: cissyit - 5/8/2007
 
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