The Free Press, Mankato, MN

Election 2012

November 6, 2012

Hot-button topics drive local voters to the polls



“But I feel like there’s some progress being made, no matter how slow and no matter how blockaded by opposition in the Senate and the House,” said Johnson, who was also concerned about Romney’s positions on gay marriage and women’s rights.

And he said the Republican’s economic proposals reminded him too much of Bush’s.

“Why would you go back to the same economic policies that brought us from surplus to deficit,” he said. “It’s just not smart.”

Edstrom said women’s rights are crucial to her, and she believes Romney would attempt to ban abortion and end funding for Planned Parenthood.

“Someone much cooler than me said, ‘I’d rather have Obama do nothing for another four years in office than have Romney do anything at all.’”


Jeff Stevens, a military reservist, said he didn’t come to the South Bend Fire Hall for a specific candidate, but said the economy was the most important issue to him.

He said the president’s policies don’t seem to be working because unemployment remains high.

Jerimie Goettlicher said he was voting for the president.

“I think the last four years were good. I think the next four years can be better,” he said.

Jessica Ingbritson said she was voting for the first time, though she was old enough in 2008. She said the marriage amendment was the most important issue to her.

“I’m very adamant that you should be able to marry whoever you want to.”


At Minnesota State University, teenage students were wearing their “I Voted” stickers proudly, celebrating their very first Election Day.

And while some might assume young people lean toward the left, the name on most lips leaving the dorm early afternoon was Mitt Romney. The same words that got Obama elected four years ago were the ones students were using for wanting him out: hope and change.

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