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Republican Angeleno: 'I Shouldn't Have To Pay For Your Birth Control'

Sophie Elkus |
November 6, 2012 | 12:47 p.m. PST

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Jim Alexander, a Los Angeles property manager and Romney supporter (Sophie Elkus).
Jim Alexander, a Los Angeles property manager and Romney supporter (Sophie Elkus).
Jim Alexander, a 70-year-old Los Angeles property manager, is a committed Republican and has served as a voting inspector for the St. James Manor for 15 years. He is also the secretary of the foundation that owns this non-profit organization.

“I am determined to vote in this election,” Alexander said. “I commuted 82 miles from Ventura to be here.”

Alexander was disappointed with the results of the last election and said he hopes this year will bring a new candidate into office.

“Our country needs a major change, a huge turnaround," he said. "[Mitt] Romney will provide that."

Alexander said he believes the most important issue at hand is the economy’s dire situation, an issue that outweighs reproductive rights and the death penalty. The reproductive right debate has caused a recent stir between him and his wife.

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“Reproductive rights makes no difference," Alexander said. "It’s a small part of this election. I don’t think I should be paying for your birth control pills. My wife disagrees, it nearly broke up our marriage. She thinks that should be included in health care.”

Regardless of the specific political issues, Alexander said that “leadership is the most important thing.” He cited the recent Benghazi attack as a example of failure to properly lead the United States.

“Our president hasn’t been forthright about what happened there," he said. "I’m surprised that such few people seem to care about what happened."

Although he is a self-proclaimed partisan, Alexander said he thinks it is important to read and understand both sides of issues.

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“If you don’t know what the other side is, your argument is weaker," he said. "I watch Fox news for most of information, but I switch back and forth between channels. I need to know, ‘Why would Alan Colmes think that this is right?’”


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