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.