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Ohio Voters Speak Out

Scholastic News talks to voters in Canton

By Kayleigh Bondor | null null , null
<p>Voters cast their ballots early March 4, 2008 in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Photo: ©J.D. Pooley/Getty Images/NewsCom)<br /></p>

Voters cast their ballots early March 4, 2008 in Bowling Green, Ohio. (Photo: ©J.D. Pooley/Getty Images/NewsCom)

March 4 was an icy night in Canton, Ohio, but it was also Primary Election Day, and the polling places were busy despite the bad weather. Some of the voters at the Philomatheon Society for the Blind stopped to talk to this Scholastic Reporter as they left. Here are some of their comments about whom they voted for and why Ohio is such an important state in presidential elections.

About his choice: "For President I am voting for Barack [Obama]. He has a better plan to get us out of an ill-conceived war. Him and Hillary, I kind of like them both, but he has a plan to get us out of the ill-conceived war that Hillary supported from the beginning. Also, Hillary ignored NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) for 11 years. All of a sudden, now that it is election time, she's against NAFTA. She didn't say anything years ago when Bill, her husband, pushed it through. She should have said, ‘Bill, honey, this isn't good for the economy.'"

About Ohio as a key state: "Ohio goes where the country goes and has lost a lot of jobs because of NAFTA. It's free trade, not fair trade. Canton lost jobs with Timken, Diebold, Danner Press, Republic Steel, all because of the trade agreement."

— Chester James, Canton, Ohio

About her choice: "I voted for Obama. I like his platform and he had a lot of good things that he said he was going to do, including the war in Iraq, so I voted for him."

About Ohio as a key state: "If we are going to swing [toward Republicans or Democrats], it comes from the idea of what the outcome of the other states is. Ohio's been an industrial state for so many years, and we are always voting for people we feel are going to help and bring us jobs."
—Betty Barrett, Canton, Ohio

About her choice: "I just like a lot of what she (Hillary) has to say on issues, and I think she is going to be the one, I hope."

About Ohio as a key state: "I don't know. I've always been trying to figure that out. I couldn't tell you."
— Susan Pahlau, Canton, Ohio

About his choice: "I voted on the Democratic side for Barack Obama. I just had a better feeling about him."

About Ohio as a key state:
"Basically, it probably has a lot to do with how Ohio is so diverse. You know, how there's every different type of person who lives in Ohio, like big time. So that has a lot to do with how they think."
— Cyrus, Canton, Ohio

About his choice: "I voted a straight Republican ticket. I've been doing that for 50 years. McCain. I like the way the gentleman speaks. He stands up and says what he's thinking and he don't backtrack like the other candidates do, and he doesn't get political either. I've been here all my life. I was born and raised here. I'm 79 years old."

About Ohio as a key state: "Ohio is a big part of America. Ohio's what this country's all about."
Jim DeMeo, Canton, Ohio

About her choice: "Hillary. I like her politics."

About Ohio as a key state: "I have no idea. No idea at all. I think it's because we have so many delegates, but I'm not sure why we have that many."
— Sandra Becker, Canton, Ohio

About her choice: "I voted for John McCain. That was my only option on the Republican side. (I like) his standing with the military. My son is a 12-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is very good standing with the military being retired military himself."

About Ohio as a key state: "No."
— Viccie Igo, Canton, Ohio

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