Would you ever vote for a candidate that had previously been in prison?
Only if they were a close relative.
Jail....it would depend. Prison...NO !
Mandela was in prison.
I think a lot of people aren't realizing the difference between "prison," and "jail." Going to jail is for misdemeanors and minor crime and going to prison is for violent crime. Prison=seriousbusiness
Definitely depends on what it was that they went for
if the facts were in order. meaning that they were falsely accused or incorrectly prosecuted. but i wouldn't if they had even committed something as small as a DUI or a minor theft when he/she was 19, because im not stupid enough to do that, and they should be too if they're gonna hold public office
That's why I didn't vote for obama
Depends what for.If they went to jail for protesting something they had strong feelings for i would def vote for them if i shared their values.
If they did something minor like steal from a convenience store or get a DUI at a young age, as long as they can prove that they've changed, I'd have no problem voting for them..
Ditto to Psu.labtech's comment
Yes. I would vote for Nelson Mandela before anyone sitting on capital hill right now.
Depends what for. White collar? Absolutely not. Anything else? Eh, depends.
Who the hell voted yes??? Are........what the........is this still America? You people scare me!
@Happy that's a perfect example. Political prisoners maybe but serial killers definitely not.
It depends on what it's for.
It depends on what for. Nelson Mandela was in prison for a long time.
Prison no but maybe jail because to go to prison you must have committed a felony
RightWay - ur SO beyond wrong, it's sad, actually ...!
Depends on what it was for. In our corrupt justice system, I'm sure there could be reasons...
(A determination Romney only wishes he possesses)
Being in prison doesn't necessarily make you a criminal. Mandela, Ghandi, MLK fought the law because they believed in something beyond it. That kind of determination is what we need in a president
Colcat- you're so right!
No wonder we have the politicians we do! People will happily vote for criminals.
Depends on the reason for going to prison - although most likely not :)
People already vote for people who "should be " in prison so why not
Nelson Mandela, Ghandi, yeah I think I would vote for those guys....
Yes I believe in redemption. Forgiveness and starting fresh. Costco sells an awesome bread I think it's called felony. The founder did hard time learnt how to bake in prison
Gandhi, Mandela, Havel, Sakharov were all in prison. If a politician were in prison for supporting convictions I agree with, it may well be a plus.
It is the nature of the lawbreak that counts, not how harsh the sentence was.
...a person down on their luck when young went homeless and slept on a construction site - this trespass is a felony in FL but wouldn't stop me from voting for this person since there was neither damage nor criminal intent.
Violent crimes like robbery and what shows dishonesty or lack of integrity such as fraud, bribery or lying under oath would make a person ineligible for me BUT imagine...
Have people forgotten about Nelson mandela?
Anyone who has served time in prison, a felon, can run for federal office including president.
Anyone can goto prison now days, so yes I would vote for any type of person. They just have to be the person that wants to uphold freedom and liberty
Felons are ineligible to hold public office.
Prison is more serious than jail. Most people in prison are felons. Felons cannot run for office. So, depending on the crime....it could all be moot.
The first person I thought of was Dr. Jack Kevorkien (sp?). Although he wasn't a politician, I believed in his cause and felt it a horrible thing that he went to prison.
criminals have more integrity than politicians
Depends on the crime or infraction committed and whether he was found guilty.
I said yes only because being in prison doesn't necessarily mean guilt. If he had been in prison but later found to be innocent I would have no issue voting for him
in prison is better than formerly in govt. :)
Probably the question was intended to mean somebody who did something most consider morally wrong but might have changed.
However, we found loopholes :)
Depends on what were they in jail for if they just smoked weed I would still vote for them.
They all belong there regardless of parties
Yes if he has done time for a political issue I support or by breaking a law I don't like.