Anyway, she asked me something like which of the following four issues is most important to me for the coming election:
- Oil (I don't remember her exact phrasing on this one)
- Low Taxes & Jobs (exact words)
- Right to Life & Same-sex Marriage (phrasing is close to how she stated it)
- Securing the Border (phrasing is close)
I, in a split second, then attempted to reason my way through them, even though none of these as stated was my top issue for the election. I wanted to discuss the complexities of each option, but this was not the format for that.
I selected "oil," because none of the others made sense as presented for a variety of reasons, including issues of state's rights, the current economic situation, what a president's role truly is, my world view in response to Scripture, and so on. Oil is not my most important issue for the election, but the only one of the four choices that remained after briefly thinking about each. So, now I am reminded again to be sceptical of statistics. If I hear "independent voters polled reported oil as the #1 issue for the 2008 election"...that would not be the whole story!
I think the only other question she asked was, "Can we count on your vote for John McCain?"