We asked our staff and contributors: Who are you supporting for president and why? These are their responses. Click here to see who Slate voted for in the 2000 election. Click here to read Editor Jacob Weisberg's explanation of why we're sharing this information with our readers.
Kevin Arnovitz, Fray Editor: Kerry
I'll pull the lever for Kerry, if for nothing else than to defeat the misconception that being contemplative is somehow paralyzing. What's strange is that I'm your classically disaffected Democrat who's been drifting independent in recent years. There's important work to be done—the kind of work that's traditionally been best handled by Democrats, like education and Social Security reform—that's being put off because the party has become lazy. And certain Democrats won't satisfy themselves until they alienate everyone beyond the Free Weeklyites—people who like guns, people who like fries, people who like money. Though I've never been an identity politics kind of guy, my visceral response to the Federal Marriage Amendment this past year truly radicalized me. Watching the president of the United States, the one person in our country whose endorsement can legitimate any initiative, use gay people as a political chew-toy to advance some kind of theological agenda has been the most infuriating and surreal political experience of my citizen life. The president's willingness to turn on a group of Americans demonstrates to me an unthinking disrespect for two of his favorite virtues—freedom and liberty.
Paul Berman, Contributor: Kerry
I'm voting for Kerry, with no great belief that he will be a first-rate president. I cringe a little at where Kerry's line on terror and Iraq has lately ended up. I think that Bush, in his rhetoric about democracy and ideologies of hate, has demonstrated a broader understanding of these matters. But Bush has got to be the most ham-handed president in American history. He is incompetent even at expressing whatever is valid in his larger worldview. The prospect of tumbling down the stairs for four more years has got me scared out of my wits. Better Kerry, then. Besides, I'm not a one-issue voter. On most social and economic issues, I would probably prefer Eugene V. Debs, if he were running and electable. No such luck. So, Kerry, yet again.
Henry Blodget, Contributor: Kerry
Not perfect, but "reality-based."
Paul Boutin, Technology Writer: Kerry
President Bush and I disagree on a lot of things, but I can't shake the feeling we'd get along great as neighbors. I wish I had his folksy charm, his fitness and energy, and his inarticulate clarity—no matter how he fumbles for words, you always know exactly what Bush is trying to say. But while he claims to be a love-your-enemies Christian and a keep-the-government-off-my-back Republican, he and his administration have repeatedly led the country into actions that are neither what Jesus nor the Economist would do. So I'll take a chance on Kerry, but if he wins I'll skip the victory party. Too many of his supporters have proven as divisive, dishonest, and hateful as they imagine their bogeyman Karl Rove to be. And they wonder why people vote for Nader?
Phillip Carter, Military and Legal Affairs Writer:Kerry