How do Colorado's working poor feel about Obama and Romney? Today's London Guardian seeks an answer. Reporter Gary Younge spoke to people at a Fort Collins food bank like Mark Weaver, an ex-human resources manager and chair of Loveland's Chamber of Commerce. "It was very humiliating," he says of going to the food bank. "I used to take clients to their events, and all of a sudden I'm living below the poverty line." Here's another excerpt from the story:
Mark is one of those rare species this election. An undecided voter with genuinely eclectic views. He's an evangelical Christian who is for gun control and a more humane immigration policy, who wants to rein in the deficit, thinks unions are dinosaurs and is against abortion although he'd rather peoples' hearts changed than legislation. He voted for John McCain last time because he didn't think Obama had the experience, and was a registered Republican until July 4 when, appropriately enough, he registered as an independent.
Both campaigns are spending millions to reach him with microtargetting on the issues they think will swing his vote their way. They're also bombarding him with ads. But all they are earning so far is his contempt. "If you took all the money they spent on the political system and elections you could feed the world," Weaver says.
He's not particularly impressed by either candidate. "Somebody's got to fix the economy, but I don't know that either of them has the guts to do it," he says. "I'm looking to vote for someone I like and trust; I've never been more distrustful of the whole thing. I wish we could vote for none of the above. I want a do-over."
To read the entire piece, click on "Colorado's working poor: 'Suddenly, I'm living below the poverty line.'"
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