QUOTES: Sounding off at the polls

Tuesday, February 5, 2008 | 4:05 p.m. CST; updated 7:46 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

James Abney, 28: “I want someone to vote for Ron Paul. He’s the only guy who’s actually a Republican.”

Garry Raboin, 54: “I want Romney to win because I don’t want the government taking over health care. It’s the same as if they stole the lumber from the lumber industry; they’re taking it out of private hands.”

Carole Ebersol, 69: “I hope Clinton wins. I think it’s time for a woman, and she has the skills.”

Sam White, 44: “I hope Obama wins. I think we need to get away from the two political families that have run this country for over 20 years now. We need someone new.”

Gary Vaught, 43: “I didn’t want to waste my vote by not casting it. Our government is far too large. Most of the candidates have no intent on changing that.”

Rich Denton, 43: “You can’t gripe or complain about who gets elected if you don’t get out and at least cast your ballot.

“I’ve heard only 20 percent of voters are going to come out and vote, and I’m glad to count myself in that 20 percent.”

Jon Dudley, 20: “I feel that it’s important to go out to vote because there are people in countries who don’t even have the right to vote. I feel like a lot of people don’t take advantage of that right.”

Nancy Cole, 55: “I just wanted to have a say-so in the election.”

Vic Freuning, 60: “I don’t want Clinton or Obama in there. I want health care; I want tax reduction.

“None of them have any kind of foreign policy experience. McCain’s probably the closest.”

Esther Stroh, 48: “I am looking for a candidate that can rise above the fray, venom and hatred and work together.”

Wendy Howe, 38: “I am concerned with all the issues. We gave them (Republicans) a fair shot, but it is time for a change.”

Jane Weitkemper, 80: “I vote on personality, and Hillary is just excellent.”

Reid Trotter, 32: “There’s dissatisfaction with the war, economy and everything George Bush does in general. Health care should be socialized, student loans need to be brought back down, and the gap between the rich and the poor should be closed."

Aaron Witte, 22: “My main concern is universal health care. It needs to happen.”

Michelle Gibler, 48: “I vote in every election. I’m a faithful voter.”

Sallie Blakemore, 52: “I just always vote. I think it’s time for a change. Hillary may not be the best one, but at least we get over that (gender) hurdle.”

Anne Fitzsimmons, 49: “I liked Obama’s concept of change being outside of Washington. He can bring together a country that has been in a pit of divisiveness. I haven’t been this excited to vote in eight years.”

Greg Shuck, 47: “I usually vote Republican, but I liked what Obama had to say, and that’s why I voted — for the first time — (for) a Democratic candidate.”

Kate Wilson, 54: “It’s time for a change. We (speaking for herself and her husband, Bruce) hope Obama will win. He’s the best man for the job.”

Bruce Wilson, 53: “I am voting to restore democracy to the United States.”

Reporters: Rachel Heaton, Kate Darnell, Furqaan Sadiq, Hannah Zimmerman, Alex Lundy, Brooke Tacker, Melissa Boyer, Julie Karceski

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