RE: What I learned from being a Green candidate
Dang, at first I thought this thread had over 300 replies, but that was just the number of views!
A common question for those running for higher partisan office (president, governor, Congress), is one that touches on the likelihood that your'e not going to win (the race). This is tricky, because you don't want to come out and say "I know I"m not going to win the race (unless enough people die in the right order)," but you also don't want to sound silly. Often, a good response can be along the lines of what you'd consider a "win," success, progress ("we have a good chance to getting X percent of the vote and gaining ballot status," "we hope to register X new members," " we want to get into the debates," etc). A woman running for governor in my state had what I thought was a great response: "I can't promise you I'll win, but I can promise you the chance to vote for the values you believe in."