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    Ian S, thomask

    Interests that Americans don't really have.  The first round is supposed to be very competitive and it should bring out at least 80% of the vote.  Even though it gets narrowed down to two, the idea is for them to beef up their numbers by courting the competitors who didn't place in the top two.  With endorsements from them their voters would be expected to line up behind one of the top two as part of a bargain that the candidate will work for their agenda.  I don't know if Americans get that.  If the system isn't executed to include the entire process it would be pointless.  

    The system can backfire if more than one candidate is competing for the same base.  Let's say five similar Democrats competed.  They'd split the vote so that none of them ended in the top two. If the system was executed properly, that wouldn't be allowed.  It's a possible indicator of manipulation.  

    It works in France but they study a candidate's platform like a prospectus.  Romney polled in the single digits there not that they can participate but it shows public opinion can't tolerate that level of dishonesty and shifting of positions.

    "Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves." - Abraham Lincoln

    by leftreborn on Sun Oct 28, 2012 at 06:56:58 PM PDT

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