Before the campaign leading up to the 2008 Presidential election, this writer had determined to watch every debate, news conference, and interview with candidates in both Parties in order to rate them on issues of extreme importance to conservatives. However, there was no rating system by which to do so. The only course of action available, thus, was to develop my own unique instrument by which to gauge how closely the candidates adhered to conservative principles.
It was then that the Martin Rating System was born. The instrument was used to rate candidates in both Parties from 2007 until the general election in November of 2008. The system has also been used to rate the Republican Presidential candidates this year, and the results have been published here at National Conservative Examiner.
That tool will now be made available to you in this National Conservative Examiner exclusive.
You can use the system to do your own ratings of the candidates. The instrument is not scientific. The issues chosen by which to rate the candidates are decidedly conservative. And the ratings are entirely subjective based upon the individual user. The overall score a candidate receives is based solely upon the ratings you give them on the individual issues.
For example, you may determine that Ron Paul should receive a score of 10 on foreign policy. I may determine that he rates only a 3 on that issue. Thus, our overall scores on Ron Paul will be different. The score reflects our own individual perception of how a candidate performs on the issues.
How is this instrument helpful? It helps the user to see, on paper, how each candidate compares to the others, based upon our own unique perceptions. One may even be surprised that a candidate rates as well as they do. On the other hand, one may discover that their favorite candidate does not fare as well as we thought once we look at their performance based solely upon the scores they receive on the ten key issues.
Here’s how it works.
Each candidate is rated on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the lowest and 10 being the highest score, on ten key issues of critical importance to conservatives:
1. Jobs and the economy
2. Reining in government spending and working for smaller government
3. Border security
4. Stopping the onslaught of illegal aliens
5. Lower taxes
6. Pro-life and anti-abortion
7. Foreign policy that protects American interests
8. A comprehensive plan to thwart terrorism
9. A strong national defense
10. Unfettered gun rights, adherence to the original intent of the Second Amendment
Once a candidate has been rated on all ten issues, the total score is tabulated by adding the scores on each individual issue. Then, the total number is divided by 10 in order to reach the candidate’s overall score.
The example provided below is an illustration of how the rating system works, using a hypothetical ‘Candidate A.’
Jobs and the economy–10
Reining in government spending and working toward smaller government–8
Stopping the onslaught of illegal aliens–5
Pro-life and anti-abortion–3
Foreign policy that protects American interests–6
A comprehensive plan to thwart terrorism–8
A strong national defense–4
Unfettered gun rights and adherence to original intent of 2nd Amendment–10
Add up the scores on the issues to get a total.
In this case, that would be a total score of 70.
Then, divide that score by the number of issues rated–70 divided by 10, which is 7.
Thus, Candidate A receives an overall score of 7 on the rating scale.
So, have some fun. See how the candidates fare once you rate them on the ten key issues. And then, at the end of the primary season, when the campaign for the general election begins in September of 2012, each candidate’s cumulative ratings will be added together and then divided by the number of time they were rated in order to reach their final overall score.
NOTICE: The Martin Rating System for Presidential Candidates is copyrighted and is made available for private use only. Any reprint, transmission, republication, or other distribution of the system is prohibited by law without the express consent of the author. When quoting portions of the system, the ‘fair use’ clause of copyright law is in effect. Portions of the system may be quoted, provided credit is given to the author, by name, and a link is provided to redirect the reader back to the original article here.
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