It's not too hard to get a fair idea of what the candidates for election stand for. Extended video interviews are readily available on the Internet. Groupthink (sometimes called "watching TV evening news) is not necessary. Spend a couple minutes and you will see that options exist in the U.S. presidential elections - but they won't exist much longer if people pick candidates based on how many votes they got the day before.
Just for one example, here's Ron Paul in his own words.