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Fox Valley voices: On the race for president

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Roger Brown of Oswego

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Updated: December 5, 2012 6:24AM

“Romney’s policies would lead us back into the failed past of the Bush Administration. Romney’s idea that we need to spend another $2 trillion on defense is absurd. He would cut back spending on education and human services — programs we need in order to have a functioning society. The two candidates’ ideas are so divergent that whoever wins will either take us to a place where we can keep the country going forward together or the other way.”

— Chad Lewis of Oswego, pre-kindergarten early intervention teacher

“We have had Obama for the past four years — let’s give Romney a chance. Our country needs an overhaul in health care. We heard President Obama’s promises to improve health care coverage. Right now, even people with good insurance pay an exorbitant amount of money for hospitalization.”

— Jo Lim of North
Aurora, stay-at-home mom and part-time medical technician

“I am Catholic, pro-life and I like my religious freedom. We need changes to move the country forward and to protect our religious freedom.”

— Romney supporter Bethany Hollarbush of Oswego, mother and nurse

“I support Obama for a second term. Even though things still look negative, I think the country is moving out of it. Obama is a supporter of the middle class, and I share his views on the military. If Obama can overcome the present obstacles — the housing market and jobs rebound, I think four years from now we will see great leaps as opposed to the baby steps we have taken.”

— Andrea Dahlman of Oswego,
stay-at-home mother

“I look at back at where we were four years ago and where we are now as a country, and I don’t like what I see. I am more inclined to vote for Mitt Romney. Romney has the business background to help the economy, more so than President Obama.”

— Jim Read of North Aurora, retired municipal
maintenance worker

“I don’t believe the country is all doom and gloom — it will take time to get the economy back on track. It was pretty bad when Obama took office.”

— Obama supporter Michael Richardson of Aurora, manufacturer machinist

“I think Obama has had a positive influence worldwide — he can’t change everything. He has helped to increase the job force and improve our standing with other countries. He is not hiding anything from us — he is an honest man.”

— Tearra Spibey of Batavia, stay-at-home mother of four children ages 7 to 10-months

“I have already voted for Romney. I am a believer of small government, and the current administration believes in more government — it’s getting out of control.”

— Richard Feuerborn of Batavia, retired park district employee

“I am going to vote for Romney based on my religious beliefs. I believe in pro-life. Romney does not support forcing Christian hospitals to pay for contraceptives.”

— John Cruz of Montgomery, federal worker

“I will cast the first vote of my life for President Obama. Obama is pro-education. If Romney is elected, I would have to drop out of college because it will be too expensive. Romney wants to break off public assistance for the poor.”

— Adrienne Cooper of Aurora, college student

“I believe Romney is the one who can turn the country around. I have seen the real estate market take a tank, and it really hasn’t turned around and we have lost a lot of jobs in my line of work. Romney has a plan to cut the federal deficit.”

— Angela Wagner of Aurora, sales representative for a real estate title company

“I am undecided. I am leaning toward President Obama because he is supportive of immigrant rights for children born in the United States whose parents are undocumented citizens. We need to focus on getting young people to help our country.”

— Oscar Espinal of Aurora, college student

“I feel Romney has good ideas to move the country forward and Obama needs to get out. There are many things that have been swept under the table that Obama has done that the media is not covering.”

— Melissa Carson of Batavia, insurance underwriter

“I am undecided. My main concerns are honesty in a candidate and stability for the country. Politicians say a lot to be elected and the way the system is structured with impasses on both sides of the aisle, it is unlikely there will be anything done that will have any true, lasting impact on the country.”

— Roger Brown of Oswego, policy analyst

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