But elections are also about people -- the kind of people who want to run for federal office. And we at AOL News wanted to get a better sense of just who these people are.
So rather than asking a bunch of boring policy questions, we invited candidates for the House and Senate to answer 10 mostly fun questions. We got a response rate of about 5 percent. And while the results aren't exactly scientifically valid, they are still pretty interesting. Here's one of them:
What's your dream car?
When asked about their dream cars, candidates tended to prefer muscle cars. The top contenders were various model years of the ''Vette, T-Bird and Mustang, with several pining for George Jetson's Aerocar.
Other car picks and the candidate who picked them:
Man of the people?
-- Ted Ankrum, Democratic candidate for Texas' 10th Congressional District
-- Bill Conner, Democratic candidate for Ohio's 7th Congressional District
Walkin' man walks
-- David Sanders, Democratic candidate for Indiana's 4th Congressional District
"My dream car is the one I own, a Pontiac Firebird Formula, which may soon be illegal to drive thanks to the Democrats' failed Cash for Clunkers program, which rewarded the rich who could afford to trade in their older, working cars for brand-new cars that got above 30 mpg ... [plus 124 more words]." -- Robert Broadus, Republican candidate for Maryland's 4th District