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Swing Voters Have Resistance Toward Obama And Romney

Angelina T. Velasquez |
September 17, 2012 | 11:54 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Obama and Romney (Creative Commons).
Obama and Romney (Creative Commons).

At this point in the race for presidency, both candidates are looking to persuade those in the middle - the swing voters - to vote for them. 

Individuals willing to speak about their lack of a political agenda also found themselves without a political home. If and when they do choose to vote, it is not based on the candidates' affiliation with the Democratic or Republican Parties, but instead the grounds on which they stand.

“Do I consider myself a swing vote?" asked Adriana Parham, a south Los Angeles middle-class working mother of two. "Well, no, I don’t. Although I am a registered voter and have voted before, it was one of those things I did because it’s stressed to us as a right that we should all take full advantage of. I still don’t see the world I live in as being any better now than it was 20 years ago. So why vote?"

Promises to make changes and improvements here in the U.S. are simply not enough to guarantee a vote for either President Barack Obama or former Gov. Mitt Romney. It will require immense trust in a candidate's future plans. But with a less than stellar economy, middle class workers such as Parham no longer want to lend their vote.

“In a lot of ways, it’s hard for me to buy into the idea of voting for a president," she said. "I really don’t understand how everything in life has become so intertwined with politics, it’s literally as if life is about political division which only creates a greater division within society. I don’t see the reality of allowing one person to essentially determine how safe me and my children are or how much money I should lose to taxes when I already don’t make enough."

Both candidates have stressed during national conventions that the economy can, and will, be improved but it will require people voting for them to do so.

“In order for me to vote I would have to have a completely different outlook on politics. I can see how some people can like one person over the other, but as for me, I’m not sold on either of them," Parham said. "I want to know that my children will be able to succeed in this life and that every opportunity for greatness can be reached. That’s just something that speaking about the economy and bashing your opponent just can’t do. Maybe only God can do that, so I’ll keep my vote on him."

Obama has spoken out on his religious beliefs, which has garnered him votes but also raised questions on his intentions as commander-in-chief. Though many identify with him for various reasons, his religious beliefs and practices do not persuade all swing voters, especially not Parham.

 “I think my perspective can be a bit dramatic for people and has often caused a great debate on how to convert me into a politically involved or motivated person but it really has never been that important to me. I can’t say that me being a Christian is the biggest reason that I don’t want to put such a huge amount of faith in a president, or person for that matter, but it does play a part in it. Religion is my politics, so to speak, and even Obama claiming Christianity does not make me want to vote for him.”

 For Parham, and others labeled swing voters, persuasion of service to the people simply cannot be guaranteed, nor can a vote.


Reach Reporter Angelina T. Velasquez here .





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