Be prepared to answer pageant questions about politics, elections, political parties, your view of the President and any political scandals currently in the news.
Granted, questions about politics can be difficult to navigate, given that any judges’ panel is likely to be comprised of people who are registered as Democrats and Republicans. Contestants often express concerns that expressing support for a candidate of either party could potentially turn off judges who vote for the opposite party.
Likewise, how do you answer questions about the current President without offending judges who may like or dislike that President?
Well, we decided to go back through records of how national and international pageant winners handled political questions during their interviews and press conferences. here are actual pageant answers given by major titleholders.
Who did you vote for in the last election?
“I always pull the curtain on the voting ballot.” — Susan Powell, Miss America
Are your politics conservative? What is your political affiliation?
“I am registered as an Independent, but that basically means that whomever I think is right for the job I will vote for.” — Vanessa Williams, Miss America
Are you a liberal or a conservative?
“That’s such a broad question. I don’t run in any one direction all the time. It depends on different issues. I’m split.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America — Tawny Godin, Miss America
What are your politics” Are you a liberal, conservative? Registered as a Democrat or Republican?
“I am a registered Republican. I would not always limit myself to voting for Republican candidates. I feel it is important to find everything out that one can about the candidate to decide in one’s mind if he or she agrees or espouses the same ideas and viewpoints as I, myself, would. Then I would decide If I would want to vote for that person – if they were very competent and they would do a good, efficient job.” — Susan Perkins, Miss America
Are you a conservative or a liberal? How would you characterize your politics?
“I would characterize them, if I had to, as conservative. However, I have different viewpoints on some things that might appear to be liberal.” — Susan Perkins, Miss America
Are you registered as a Republican or Democrat?
“That’s not important because I will always vote for the best man. I would never go and flick one button all the way along just because it’s may party.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
What party would you register with?
“Well, I would vote independently.”
And you would register….
“I would vote independently.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
What party are you a member of?
“I wouldn’t know until I know what candidates are going to be running, and then I would choose the man that I thought would best represent the people of the United States.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
“Of the candidates who are running, who do you like best and least?
“I haven’t made my choice right now because I don’t think the Democratic Party really is that squared away as to their candidates yet. There’s a lot of talk their. And I suppose the President will be running again. He’s done a good job, but as I said, I’m not sure who the Democrats will be offering.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
Have you been pleased with the President’s performance?
“That’s something so broad that I hate to even touch on it. But I will say that he’s done some good things. Yes, he’s done some good things.” — Susan Powell, Miss America
How is the President is doing, in your opinion?
“I think the President is trying to be a very fair and honest president. I feel he is trying very hard. And from that standpoint, I am satisfied with his job, thus far.”—Susan Perkins, Miss America
Are you a politically-minded person?
“Well, being South African, I have to be. — Margaret Gardiner, Miss Universe
What do you think of the racial problems they are having there?
“I think the problem in South Africa is exaggerated a little. Five years ago we did have problem, but things are working out now. We go to discos together, we go to luncheons, we go to hotels. It really is not as bad as it is made out to be.” — Margaret Gardiner, Miss Universe
Do you think you can do anything to help lessen the problems your country has?
“I certainly hope so. For the world in general, I’d just like to be able point out that we have been made out to be worse than we are. Things are coming around and I’m sure things will resolve themselves.” — Margaret Gardiner, Miss Universe
What do you think of (female Presidential candidate)?
“I think she is wonderful for opening up that door. She is a very outspoken women. I appreciate what she has done for women, because I believe that women are capable of anything, as well. But, as a voter, I look at qualifications and competence, and how I feel a leader needs to be.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
A former titleholder held a press conference recently blasting (female Vice Presidential political candidate). Would you ever do anything like that?
“No. I feel like in order to be a reporter, you have to be non-biased and present all the facts. Certainly there are opinions, but in order to be credible, you must be able to present both sides.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
Do plan to take part in this or future political campaigns?
“I am very much in support of President Reagan because he reflects my own set of values. As for the future, who knows. My career goals are in broadcast journalism, and that would probably say that would be removed from campaigning in order to be an non-biased reporter.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
Would you ever want to run for public office? And do you have a timetable?
“I think maybe someday. No timetable. I think realistically I would have to wait for maybe fifteen years or so. I think I would need the experience in the background, in the community, in the state, before I would run. I would wait until I feel I am ready.” — Rebecca King, Miss America
Would you change your mind about voting for a political candidate because of his or her infidelity?
“I think it is important that the elected officials that I vote for have private standards as exemplary as their public standards are.
I feel that it is important so I do feel that it is my right and privilege to know that and I would change my mind if he was practicing infidelity.” — Miss USA, Shannon Marketic
You’ve said the President supports your values. Well, recently he vetoed a bill to raise social security payments. The bill was passed over his veto. Now he has a television commercial saying the President has kept his promise to raise benefits for the elderly. Do you consider that an example of moral integrity?
“That depends on where he is coming from. I am not in a position to judge his moral integrity. That would be very low of me to do that. I believe that he does, honestly, believe that he is doing what is right. And as long as I have my trust in him, and I know what kind of character he has shown in the past, then I have faith in him.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
Are you active in politics?
“I just turned eighteen, so I’ve just gotten the vote last year. I plan to be very active.” — Tawny Godin, Miss America
There’s been a lot of talk about corrupt politicians. What do you think of politicians in American life?
“That’s difficult because every politician is different. I know that they are all characterized as fast-talkers and evasive types, but I have found by working in the Senate that each one is very different. You just have to consider the person. I don’t think it’s very fair to make generalizations and say that all politicians are thus and so.” — Susan Perkins, Miss America
Do you think that all politicians are dishonest?
“There are honest politicians and dishonest ones, of course. But there are also dishonest policemen and firemen, and sales clerks, reporters, and what have you.” — Susan Perkins, Miss America
What do you think of the recent Supreme Court nomination of a very conservative judge?
“I think he’s a wonderful nomination. He appears to be a conservative, and it’s important that we have nominated to the Supreme Court someone who is neutral, who is not taking a firm stand on a particular issue because Supreme Court justices need to be versatile and need to be able to adjust to different facts and the situation. And a judge has a requirement that he judge each case on the facts, not on his own personal feelings.” — Marjorie Vincent, Miss America
Why do you think that this scandal will be good for the country?
“I think that, as a whole, it’s going to be good for the country. The whole bringing out of the whole issue, by the press, by the Senate. I think it needs to get into the court system immediately and take care of those who have done wrong. I think it is good for us to find out that we can look at the wrongs and maybe try to make them right.” — Rebecca King, Miss America
Is it possible that you have future political ambitions?
“Yes, it is. I believe it should probably start at the local levels. I feel that the politicians that do are much better people and that they understand what goes on at every level. And I think I would have a better chance of being elected at the local level, first. I would like to maybe see myself in Congress someday, if I do go on and become an attorney, and decide to go into politics.” — Susan Perkins, Miss America
Would you ever want to run for political office one day?
“I, as of right now, I don’t think so.” — Sharlene Wells, Miss America
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