McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

November 6, 2012

Comments from Oklahoma general election voters


Associated Press

The AP —

Thoughts and comments by Oklahoma voters after casting ballots in Tuesday’s general election:

Kenneth Crabtree, 52, Muskogee, property manager.

Said he voted for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and GOP congressional candidate Markwayne Mullin and said he likes Mullin because he’s a small businessman and because of “the Christian values that he has.”

He voted for Romney because of the economy.

“I’ve seen how the last four years have gone. Business is down and people are out of work.”

Obama’s support for gay and lesbian rights are “against my Christian values.”

Anita Weibel, 61, of Muskogee is a retired Girl Scouts of America executive who voted for Democratic congressional nominee Rob Wallace, who faces Mullin.

“I’m a lifelong Democrat and I think we need a Democrat to support us in Congress.”

She said she voted for President Barack Obama because he supports human rights and women’s rights, particularly women’s reproductive rights.

“He’s intelligent and he has the best wishes for all people.”

Jack Keeling, 82, retired engineer in Muskogee said he voted for Obama because he believes Obama has succeeded in turning around the economy.

“Look at what he’s done over the last four years.”

He said he voted for Wallace because he believes Wallace is truthful.

“He’s a straight shooter.”

Catherine Cox, 59, social worker in Muskogee said she voted for Romney because she opposes Obama’s policies and believes the economy is hurting and her husband can’t find a job because of the depressed economy. She also opposes Obama’s position on abortion and gay marriage.

“I have not a single thing this man has done.”

Ronald Alexander, 47, disabled military veteran in Muskogee said he voted for Obama because of his handling of the economy.

“He got us out of a depression, Wall Street is better. He saved the auto industry and I could go on and on.”

He said he voted for Wallace because he’s a Democrat.

“I know he’ll be there for Obama when he needs votes.”

Donna Shatto, 47, disabled, voted in Muskogee for Romney because of his business background and she was turned off by the federal health care law supported by Obama.

“He (Romney ) at one time was a small business owner and small businesses are what builds America. He doesn’t seem false, he seems right on target with everything he says.”

She said she supports Mullin because of his family values.

“He’s grown up from hard roots and he’s a small business owner.”

Dusty Horton, 42, manufacturing plant worker in Moore, said he voted for Romney because of the poor economy under President Obama.

“I think it’s more of the previous four years of Obama’s lack of getting the economy going.”

Horton said he also voted for US Rep. Tom Cole for re-election in the 4th Congressional District race over Democratic challenger Donna Bebo.

“I thought his track record was good.”

Juandre Peacock, 33, graduate student from Moore said Obama appears to be smarter and more skilled than Romney. Voted for Obama.

“I don’t think Romney has any idea what’s going on.”

He said he didn’t know enough about the congressional candidates to cast a vote.

Jenifer Peacock, 34, a sales trainer from Moore, said she voted straight Democratic Party ticket because of what she sees as a hostility from Republicans toward women’s reproductive rights.

“As a woman, I voted to retain Obama because of everything surrounding women’s rights.”

David Ellis, 34, federal contractor from Moore who said his family also owns a small cleaning business, said Tuesday was his first time ever to vote in any election and that he cast his ballot for Romney.

Ellis said he’s most concerned that the new federal health care law would negatively affect the business.

“It’s a big thing for us,” Ellis said. “If we have to pay more that could affect a lot of people in my family and people in my church that work for our business.”

Ellis also voted for a state question that would change how the Oklahoma Department of Human Services is governed.

“There has been a lot of bad press for DHS, and I think it’s time to get in there and reform that agency.”

Martha West, 63, who works in human resources said after voting in Tulsa that she cast ballots for Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and GOP congressional candidate Jim Bridenstine. West said Romney has more conservative values, although he was not her first choice as a candidate.

“As I got to know him, I thought his values reflected more of what the country stood for.”

She said choosing Bridenstine over Democratic nominee John Olson was difficult because both are military veterans but believes Bridenstine is more conservative.

“There really wasn’t much that separated the two.”

Emily Colburn, 33, an oil and gas company employee voted for President Barack Obama and Democratic congressional nominee John Olson because of their stances on women’s issues.

“It was the year for women’s issues and those are what most matters to me, as a woman.”

Sean Teague, 31, an insurance adjuster said his votes were for Obama and Olson.

“Obama did a really good job navigating us through the mess that was left behind when he got in.”

Teague said he chose Olson because Bridenstine was aligned with the Tea Party.

“I don’t like the Tea Party.”

Alice Johnson, 51, a nurse who voted for Romney and Bridenstine, saying Romney is better suited to run the country than Obama.

“You can’t do any worse.”

Johnson said she voted for Bridenstine because he’s a Republican.

“I didn’t vote Democrat then (in the last election) and I didn’t vote Democrat today.”

Brian Maher, 44, Tulsa, assistant plant manager said he voted only in the local races, ignoring the presidential contest.

“I didn’t care for either one of them (Obama or Romney) ... I really can’t go for Romney, there’s no trust there.”

He voted for Bridenstine because of party affiliation

“I tend to vote Republican.”

John Tyler, 68, small business owner, said he is a registered Democrat, but cast his ballot for the Republican Romney.

“I think he’s a person that can move us along because we’re in bad shape as a nation.”