How to Pick a President

In Washington, D.C., pundits and politicos alike have poured over every aspect of this year's presidential race. For a different perspective, we turn to the cowboy poet. The philospher from the far west says it's natural to want someone in office who understands you. He offers some advice on how to pick a president.

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And on this Super Tuesday, the biggest voting day in the presidential primaries, we turn to a philosopher from the far west for some political insight. That would be cowboy poet Baxter Black.

BAXTER BLACK: Parents Magazine polled readers about which of the 2008 presidential candidates would make the best baby sitter. Well, it's something I've always pondered when I look at Andrew Jackson or Kinky Freedman, but it all goes back to relating to the candidate as a person. I remember in '92 election all three candidates - Bush, Clinton and Perot - were left-handed. No matter who lost, I won. I could be confident that the next president was math deprived, less dislic(ph), and smeared everything he wrote. They're always politically incorrect insinuations that women would vote for a woman candidate for the primary reason, they are both women. Or that blacks would vote for a black candidate simply because they're black. Well, of course they would, or at least give it serious consideration. The same with cowboys, vegetarians and paroled felons. It's natural to want to have someone in office who understands you. What percent of the Mormon vote do you think candidate Romney is going to receive? Ninety-nine percent. And how many brush-clearing cedar whacks went for George W? Given the opportunity to poll candidates, there are several questions that I would proffer, i.e.: do you consider Miracle Whip and jalapenos essential nutrients in the food pyramid? Number two: do you prefer Copenhagen or Shoal? Number three: do you have any nieces, nephews, cousins or children named after coon dogs - Blue, Jake, Badger, or Whoop? Number four: do you head or heel when team roping? And finally: how long till you have to renew your Farm Bureau membership, your subscription to Sports Afield, and the warranty on your four-wheel-drive pickup?

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RENEE MONTAGNE: The comments and questions of cowboy-poet, philosopher and former large animal vet, Baxter Black.

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