Take Politicians' Promises With a Pound of Salt Commentator Russell Roberts says we all have a yearning for a candidate with principles and ideals. We like to think our candidate is the good one; it's the other guy's favorite who's the evil opportunist. But, he argues, once in office, politicians want to be popular. They respond to the political wind, rather than the rhetoric that got them elected.
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Take Politicians' Promises With a Pound of Salt

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Take Politicians' Promises With a Pound of Salt

Take Politicians' Promises With a Pound of Salt

Take Politicians' Promises With a Pound of Salt

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Commentator Russell Roberts says we all have a yearning for a candidate with principles and ideals. We like to think our candidate is the good one; it's the other guy's favorite who's the evil opportunist.

But, he argues, once in office, politicians want to be popular. They respond to the political wind, rather than the rhetoric that got them elected.