The Voters Speak
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Lorraine Stafford, "under 30"
[If Kerry wins], I hope they don't just back out of the war completely and leave us in the dark, where we'll not have any oil. We will have nothing if he just backs out. Right now we have it but it's expensive. But that's part of life. We hate to pay $2 for it right now, but I'd hate to pay $5. If there wasn't a war I might have gone the other way. I just think it's a bad idea to change in the middle of a war.
Mike Lynch, 44
I vote the Bible. I vote morality, the sanctity of life. I vote on the important issues, definitely the issues of war, who's better equipped. And I think Bush is better equipped. If Kerry's elected, I'm gonna do a lot of praying. If he's president, I still have to pray for the man. I pray for the president now. I think Bush is the best candidate, but I would still pray for Kerry.
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Tameka Scott, 28
I'm a felon and actually haven't been able to vote. I've been on the paper for five years, you know, probation and all that. So I hurried up today and got down here, dropped my kids off at school and got going.
I've voted before, but I didn't help Bush get in the first time. Don't blame me. I just feel like Bush is a liar. The wrong war at the wrong place at the wrong time. But we're dealing with other issues here, like health care. I'm not sure Kerry has a plan either, but the fact is, I don't trust the president. I don't like the way he looks, or acts; I don't like his demeanor. He's not trustworthy. I've watched Fahrenheit 9/11; I've watched his press conferences. I know what he's up to.
The whole thing is that we keep losing jobs. I'm a single mother of four, and I've got a job, but it's seasonal. There's no other work for me to look for. I'm a felon, I've worked through that, and there's a lot of barriers there just to get a job.
Look, as far as blacks, we've got to get together as a culture. We've got kids shooting each other on these streets every night. How are you gonna get to the governor or the president and get their attention if you can't even take care of yourselves?
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