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Voter voices from Bowling Green
Voter voices from the Bowling Green precinct in Caroline County:
“I voted for President Obama because he needs more time to create more and better-paying jobs,” said Theresa Watts, 62, of Bowling Green.
A Democrat and school cafeteria worker, Watts also said she supports the president because of the health care program that will help people like her. “I don’t have health care right now” she said. “I can’t afford it … I don’t think Romney knows what it’s like to be poor….We really don’t have a middle class.”
Watts said she voted for Tim Kaine for the U. S. Senate “because he’s a Democrat.” It appears to her this year’s presidential election will be a close race. “I’m afraid it’s going to be like Bush and Gore in 2000.”
In contrast, William Roy Southworth, 75, of Milford, a Republican and retired banker, said he voted for Gov Mitt Romney because he thinks the GOP candidate will boost the economy and create jobs.
“I also voted for Republican George Allen because I feel like he’s the best senatorial candidate to turn the stagnant economy around.”
Another issue that caused him to vote for Romney was the Obama administration’s “cover-up”of the terrorist attack that killed four Americans the night of Sept. 11 in Benghazi, Libya. “The president won’t tell the American people what action, if any, he took to turn back the terrorists and save the Americans” Southworth said.
Brandi Newton, 31, also of Milford, an independent, said she voted for the president because “he deserves four more years to clear up issues already in place” when he took office in 2009.
Newton said she resents “Romney referring to 47 percent” of Americans who don’t pay taxes and being on the wrong side on women’s issues. “I am a woman and I am not rich,” she said, as if further explaining her vote.
Another independent voter, Joyce Kay, 67, of Bowling Green, a retired title insurance company worker, said she voted for Romney. “I’m not sure he can do what he says he will but I voted for him anyway.”
Kay said another reason she voted for Romney is she is opposed to the health care program, popularly known as Obamacare, which Republicans contend will result in higher taxes and a reduction of Medicare coverage.
What if President Obama wins a second four-year term? “I will be disappointed but there’s nothing I can do about it,” Kay said. “I will just have to deal with it.”
Several other voters at Bowling Green’s Town Hall voting precinct declined to be interviewed about how they voted. “That’s between me and God,” one woman said.