“It will not be easy, and it will be long.” This was what President
Obama stated in his inaugural address in January 2009, predicting his
first term would be difficult in the wake of the economic crash that he
inherited. One voter interviewed here remembers this line. Many more
lament the economy’s slow growth.
In this piece, where I profile
50 American voters from every state in the US, 25 for Obama and 25 for
Romney, Romney voters’ overwhelmingly say that they want to replace
Obama with a business savvy candidate that will exercise more fiscal
restraint and create more jobs. They believe he can do this from his
ability to balance the budget when he was the governor of Massachusetts
without raising taxes, as well as his extensive private sector success.
of the Obama voters express support for Obama’s economic policies, and
often credit the 2008 economic crash at the end of Bush’s presidency for
the difficulties still lingering in the economy. However, Obama voters’
largely say they support the President for his social agenda. Most
voters cite social issues such as fair pay for women, LGBTQ rights, a
women’s right to contraception and abortion, and healthcare as the main
reasons they are voting for Obama. Perhaps this is because Obama’s first
term was more successful on this front in comparison to the economy.
the other hand, Romney voters barely mention social issues, such as
traditional marriage and pro-life policies, as reasons they are voting
for Romney. Unlike other campaign seasons, the economy is the central
issue for Republican voters. Additionally, Israel ranks high among
Granted, this pool of voters is undoubtedly
biased considering everyone knew this article was going to be published
on an Israeli news site. That being said, it is interesting to see that
of the voters that mention Israel as one of their reasons to support
either candidate, seven voters support Romney and three support Obama.
Delving a bit deeper, of the 10 voters that mention Israel, five are
Jewish, three of whom are the Obama supporters. Not surprisingly, this
demonstrates American Jews’ continued division over policies regarding
Israel, whereas most non-Jewish voters that value Israel (mostly
religious Christians) support the Republican party.
interviewed gives a unique, valuable perspective on the challenges
facing the United States. I hope these voters give you a glimpse of what
is at stake for Americans in the 2012 presidential election.
Name: Dale Harwood
Museum CoordinatorWho are you voting for?
Because I believe that Mr. Obama has lied, and continues to lie to not
only the American people, but also the rest of the world about many
things. He promised hope and change ….. I see no hope. Conditions are
worse now than before. He CANNOT be trusted, nor any of his lackeys in
Homemaker and VolunteerWho are you voting for?
economy is in terrible shape with unprecedented government spending, a
$16 trillion national debt, high unemployment, lack of jobs, and
increased dependency on the government through entitlement programs.
Mitt Romney is a smart businessman with clear ideas for improving our
economy, in contrast to Obama who has never done any work in the private
sector. Romney is for small government and lower taxes; Obama is for
big government and higher taxes on many Americans. I have two children
and two grandchildren; I want America to be strong again so that they
and other young people may have a future of opportunity.Name:
Audrey Melissa DiketState:
StudentWho are you voting for?
Mitt Romney has the necessary qualifications and experience in creating
jobs and running a business, specifically in the task of budgeting
SUCCESSFULLY; he lowered taxes multiple times, and managed to get rid of
his state’s debt, and create a “rainy day fund.” Obama has not been
successful with his budget, lowering the deficit, fixing the failing
economy, or working with Republicans. Mitt Romney has been successful in
working with Democrats when he was governor of a majority Democratic
state, Massachusetts. Lastly, there are many other good things he did
for people throughout his life that show his compassion for others.Name:
Works for a Member of CongressWho are you voting for?
am voting for President Obama this November because I believe there is a
lot of work that still needs to be completed by the President and his
team to turn our economy around. Furthermore I feel that President Obama
is more concerned with the issues that face me and my family then his
RetiredWho are you voting for?
President Obama and the Democratic Party’s platform is best suited for
me, my family, and the U.S. Their platform is committed to 1) improving
education and health services that will lead to increased employment,
educational opportunities, and quality of life; 2) implementing a plan
to address global instability through decisive military action that is
cautious yet effective; and 3) enhancing our planet’s environmental
Mitt Romney and the Republican Party’s platform is
committed to supporting major corporations by lowering their taxes and
setting fewer regulations. This approach has proven to be ineffective,
irresponsible, and has lead to economic disaster.Name:
Interior decorator and former middle school teacherWho are you voting for?
I believe he is undoubtedly the best candidate because of his record in
his first four years. I believe he really cares about all the people.
He has a proven record in foreign policy. He has made his way to the top
because of hard work and this life experience will allow him to perform
even more effectively in his 2nd term.Name:
Youth Environmental Education Program CoordinatorWho are you voting for?
I believe in a women’s right to define her future and have ownership
over her body, and all people have the right to marry whomever they
like. Legislators should stop legislating my body and definitions of
love and family and get back to improving our safety nets. I believe in
investing in green energy technology, in economic justice, and in
desperately needed educational investments. I believe in comprehensive
pathways to citizenship for people who have immigrated to our country
and that the wealthy have a role in providing resources for those in
need. A vote for Romney is a vote against everything I believe in.Name:
Retired Systems AnalystWho are you voting for?
President Obama has been able to do in the face of unrelenting partisan
obstruction is amazing. Equal pay for equal work, repeal of Don’t Ask
Don’t Tell, affordable health care, easing the burden of student loans,
rescue of the auto industry, and reform of the financial industry are
but a few accomplishments. He continues to pursue a foreign policy that
promotes a strong Israel and fights nuclear proliferation.
All the while, Romney seems to be a walking shadow, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
Founder of Mississippi Forward, state affiliate of the National Taxpayers UnionWho are you voting for?
This election is about the course of the U.S. and two very different
paths. We can’t afford to continue President Obama’s record of high
deficits and chronic unemployment. Governor Romney has a plan to create
12 million new jobs. He will provide real solutions for accessible and
affordable healthcare where folks won’t lose their current coverage and
health premiums won’t go up as they will under Obamacare by $2500 per
family. A President Romney will stop the $716 billion dollar Obamacare
cut to Medicare, strengthen our military, and prevent defense cuts as we
keep America strong and get the middle class working again.
StudentWho are you voting for?
I see this country going in the wrong direction. I believe that the
policies that Romney will bring forth will enable our government to
balance the budget and reduce excessive spending. Romney can improve the
country not only in the short term, but for the long term. The
Romney-Ryan ticket will ensure that our Social Security will be
available when the Americans who are working now retire. Romney believes
in a strong national defense and will protect the traditional
principles that I believe in. He will not be ashamed of this country,
but will make this country powerful once more.Name:
Campaign Staff for Rick Hill for Governor.Who are you voting for?
Gov. Romney possesses the business savvy and leadership needed to
collaborate effectively across the aisle, as well as around the world.
Congressman Ryan has the knowledge and experience needed to parlay his
work in Congress into meaningful reforms for our economy. The two have
the proven to be leaders in and out of politics, and are just what
America needs to restore prosperity and opportunity in this country
through the policies of less government and greater freedom. They
fulfill the ideals of the nostalgic “American Dream” we seem to have
lost over the last four years.Name:
Attorney for eight yearsWho are you voting for?
I am a wife, a mom, a grandma, and a small business owner. I am voting
for Romney because I have concerns for my family and my business. Here
in Nebraska, we have elected officials who largely exercise fiscal
restraint. We have a balanced budget amendment and our unemployment
rate is well below the national average. I believe that Mitt Romney and
Paul Ryan will provide the same on a national scale, and that with
their leadership, I can be confident that my children and grandchildren
will have opportunity and that they will not be burdened by my
Computer EngineerWho are you voting for?
I believe that social issues are at the forefront of what America is
looking for. We now more than ever have been fighting hard for marriage
equality, abortion rights, and a separation of church and state. I also
believe Obama truly cares about the American people and has shown his
care with his tax cuts to families and providing healthcare that has
saved lives in need when no one would have offered anything. I believe
this among many other solutions will bring the American people together,
stimulate our social awareness and community, and build a better
economy through new ideals.Name:
Natacha Sochat (left)State:
Physician (retired) Artist/curator (ongoing)Who are you voting for?
1) Obama cares about everyone and has an economic plan that will
benefit the entire U.S. population, not just the top 1%. 2) Obama was
able to finally institute the beginning of health care reform, something
that I never believed would be done in this country. As a retired
physician, ‘Obamacare’ is a great accomplishment for our country. 3)
Wall Street reforms were instituted along with other financial reforms
including putting a stop to credit card companies’ financial abuses. 4)
President Obama has been one of the best presidents to represent us to
the world and have relationships with other nations.Name:
AttorneyWho are you voting for?
I am voting for Barack Obama for several reasons. First, I think that
the measures he took in the beginning of his presidency kept the country
from experiencing a much steeper economic decline. Second, I support
the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare).
Third, President Obama supports equal rights for same sex couples. And
finally, President Obama will protect organizations like Planned
Parenthood which provide women with access to quality reproductive care.Name:
Retired psychotherapist and college professorWho are you voting for?
He feels a moral obligation toward equality, understands why women want
equal pay for equal work, and knows that access to contraception and
abortion is a woman’s choice. This election frightens me more than any
other. I marched with my daughters in the civil rights movement. Those
daughters are now in their 50s, and have their own children and
grandchildren. I don’t want to see my great grand-children, three of
whom are girls, lose the equality we worked so hard to attain. I will
vote for President Obama and stay up all night until the results are in
to see if I celebrate or sit shiva.
Gabriella Rodriguez (middle)State:
Social WorkerWho are you voting for?
I think the country is moving in the right direction under his
administration. He has shown a lot of strength, courage and
determination. He has kept his original campaign promises as far as
health care and bringing back the troops from Iraq. There was a lot hat
he had to clean up after Bush left office and I think that with a second
term he has a good chance at getting this country back on track
Self Employed in TransportationWho are you voting for?
I’ve witnessed a decline in my nation the likes of which I’ve never
seen. I believe in limited government intrusion into both private and
public sector arenas. As a business owner, I’m solidly against the
Democratic philosophy of “regulation.” I truly believe President Obama
has weakened our position both here and abroad. I don’t support many of
his allegiances, I do not support his fiscal spending policies, and to
be honest, as a judge of character, I do not believe he speaks for ALL
Americans as a president should. Last, I support your nation’s continued
efforts at self-direction and solidarity.
Energy Services ManagerWho are you voting for?
The economy is in horrible shape except for North Dakota. I believe a
successful businessman knows how to balance a budget and will promote
small businesses that will CREATE JOBS!!! We have a chance to become oil
independent in North America and with Mitt Romney in office we have a
better chance. Look at our president’s refusal to sign the Keystone
pipeline project; he’s definitely not oil friendly. He can say we
produced more oil in his administration than any other administration,
but it’s not because of him; it’s because of the Bakken in North Dakota.
It’s time for change.Name:
Jamie Zimmer (right)State:
Journalist/EditorWho are you voting for?
Obama upholds stances on a number of social issues close to my heart.
He also implemented economy saving measures that stopped the U.S. from
defaulting on its loans by raising the debt ceiling in order to prevent a
worldwide depression. Romney seems to not only want to undo all of
Obama’s work, I also believe he lacks any understanding of foreign
policy and the fragility of international relations. I also believe, as a
resident of Israel, that Romney would plunge Israel and the U.S. into a
state of war with Iran that could take decades and millions of lives to
Student/ Associate at Squires Resource Development (Fundraising firm)Who are you voting for?
I am voting for Mitt Romney because of his fiscal conservatism and his
desire to tackle the country’s current debt crisis. As a young man, the
growing debt will be strapped on my back and my paycheck will have to
reimburse these outlandish expenditures. Also, the United State’s
current entitlement reforms are going bankrupt in this process, not
guaranteeing me any benefits once I get older. I believe we must change
the engine of the current entitlement structure (Social Security,
Medicare, etc.) to maintain it for the current generation and preserve
it for my generation. A Romney presidency will do just this.Name:
Vendor Coordinator at Street Roots newspaper; Social servicesWho are you voting for?
I work with people experiencing homelessness and poverty. I see first
hand the trickle-down economic theories of tax cuts for the rich that
will eventually benefit everyone through job creation only work to keep
individuals in the upper class richer while subjugating the middle and
lower class. This is what Mr. Romney is proposing. On the other hand,
Obama’s economic policies create a more equitable future. Also, Mr.
Obama’s support of same-sex marriage places him on the right side of
history, which I am confident will be a harbinger of more freedoms for
LGBTQ-identifying individuals, myself included, if he’s reelected.Name:
Arts/Nonprofit AdministratorWho are you voting for?
I believe in rights to contraception, healthcare, and abortion. Gay
marriage needs to be legal. On the whole, it does not benefit the U.S.
or the world for our leaders to be only interested in their own profit
or in defending their traditions. I want an ethical leader who I trust
and that is Barack Obama.Name:
Nuclear medicine technologistWho are you voting for?
I believe that the President has been, and will continue to be, acting
in the best interest of all Americans. His plan for repairing our
economic state makes sense and frankly, is the only one presented thus
far by either party. His ideals match my own, equality for all
regardless of sex, race, creed, and sexual preference. At this crucial
moment, it isn’t practical to start with new, proven failed, policies.
Self-EmployedWho are you voting for?
My husband and I are small business owners. I feel that Romney better
understands the economy and how to grow businesses. I think his approach
to lowering the debt won’t be easy and may be a little uncomfortable,
which makes sense. When you run up a debt that needs to be paid off,
some things need to be cut, whether it’s my debt or our national debt! I
appreciate his pro-family policies of traditional marriage and his
anti-abortion stance. He’s not afraid to acknowledge God or his faith. I
trust him and am proud to support him.Name:
RetiredWho are you voting for?
I believe that he can turn the economic situation around by lowering
taxes on the small businesses and on the large companies so the large
ones will come back to America, putting our people back to work. He also
says he will open up resources we have here in the U.S. like oil,
natural gas, and coal, again putting our people back to work and not
depending on the Mideast and China. The greatest reason I am voting for
him is because he says he is for Israel. Father God says that if we
bless Israel, we will be blessed. America needs to be blessed.Name:
Daniel Garner (middle)State:
PhysicianWho are you voting for?
is because I am concerned over the excessively liberal policies and
decisions of the Obama administration, the poor record on Israel, and
issues of the Federal deficit. Unlike many decisions, I am neutral on
Obama’s record with the so-called “Obama-care,” health reform.
Self Employed Technical/Grant WriterWho are you voting for?
support Mr. Romney because he has turned around several failing
businesses and made them viable again. He was one of the most successful
venture capitalists in the 80s and 90s and he was very successful at
Bain Capital. Mr. Romney understands how private sector businesses work.
As Governor of Massachusetts, he closed the deficit gap without raising
taxes. I just think that Mr. Romney understands finances and the
business world much more than President Obama and he will start the long
process of helping the U.S. recover from the current recession.Name:
Office ManagerWho are you voting for?
Mitt Romney encourages me to work hard and create my own success,
rather than rely on the government to provide my happiness. My rights
are given by God, not the government. America is a country where anyone
can be successful if they work hard. Mitt Romney is also a family man
with a beautiful wife and 5 great sons. I believe in marriage between a
man and a woman, and Mitt Romney believes the same. I believe in a
strong American military that stands with Israel. Mitt Romney believes
the same. I believe in a free market economy; Mitt Romney believes the
editor, instructor at the University of Michigan New England Literature
Program, adjunct professor of humanities at Colby-Sawyer College,
laborer at Sunrise Farm, scholar for the Vermont Humanities Council
Reading and Discussion Program, and dog-sitter.Who are you voting for?
Although his first term was disappointing in some ways, especially
compared to the enormously exciting promises he made during his first
campaign, he came into office with nearly impossible financial and
political challenges to overcome. I don’t agree with every decision he
has made, but I believe that his economic policies are basically sound —
and definitely sounder than Romney’s. We need the reforms of health
care, education, and energy policy that he has been working toward.
Church/Social services, serving women and children in situations of domestic violenceWho are you voting for?
I vote Republican because I am in favor of conservative solutions to
America’s problems. Romney favors a strong defense budget and Obama does
not. Romney opposes “Obamacare!” Mitt Romney supports an amendment to
the U.S. Constitution to protect traditional marriage.Governor Romney
will support our ally Israel. We have a long standing relationship and
clear biblical mandate to stand with the state of Israel in every way.
Finally, the United States needs Mitt Romney who understands economics,
is a successful businessman/entrepreneur himself and who will work to
create much needed jobs to get our economy moving again.Name:
Court ClerkWho are you voting for?
I am voting for President Obama because he shares my values. I am
particularly pleased with his stances on gay marriage and gays in the
military. I also believe he will continue to protect a woman’s right to
choose and he will continue to help fund much needed social services.Name:
PharmacistWho are you voting for?
Barack Obama has steered this country to the brink of collapse with his
policies and government takeover of the banking, auto, housing
industries, and over regulation by the EPA on the oil, natural gas, and
coal industry. These policies have caused 23 million Americans to be out
of work and have led to six trillion dollars of additional deficit in
just four years. This path for America is unsustainable. Finally, the
foreign policy of this administration has been one of appeasement. In
the eyes of your enemies, is it better to be feared or respected. I feel
the current administration wants to be respected.Name:
Administrative AssistantWho are you voting for?
I believe that President Obama understands the difficulties and
hardships that many Americans are experiencing. Mr. Romney has written
off 47% of our population. I admire President Obama for standing up to
corporate America by signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Paul Ryan
voted against it. I support Obamacare. I supported the auto industry
bailout – Mr. Romney said to let Detroit go bankrupt. That bailout saved
thousands of jobs. Most importantly, I want President Obama to have the
opportunity to appoint the next Supreme Court Justice and hopefully
overturn Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission.Name:
In the oil industryWho are you voting for?
Mitt consistently proves his ability to manage large, overloading
crisis with poise and pride. He understands the American dream isn’t
born or protected in the marble clad domes of DC but the brick and
mortar of America’s homes.
This article was first published by Walla! in Hebrew.
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