Seven Ohio Voters: From Liberal to Conservative and Everything in Between

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

John Hockenberry with, from left, Al Jones, Marisa Cornachio, Veronica Dahlberg, Kim Lobe, Joe Tirpak, John Rampe, and Kiarra Jones. (WNYC)

All week, The Takeaway is speaking with voters from a swing county a crucial swing state: Lake County, Ohio. From liberal to conservative, from a 21-year-old student to a 79-year-old great-grandfather, The Takeaway's seven Lake County voters represented a diverse group.

Participants included:

Marisa Cornachio, a Willoughby, Ohio resident, attorney and adjunct professor at Lakeland Community College. The mother of three, Marisa and her husband are registered Republicans.

Veronica Dahlberg an Ashtabula County, Ohio who who works in Painesville, Ohio, is the executive director of a nonprofit organization focused on Latino outreach and advocacy. Veronica is the mother of three, and a registered Democrat.

Al Jones, a Concord, Ohio resident, and a Deacon at St. John’s Baptist Church who sits on the boards of several nonprofits in the Lake County. He and his wife are registered Democrats, as are his children and grandchildren.

Kiarra Jones, a student at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, where she is a member of the basketball team. Kiarra is a registered Independent, and 2012 marks her first time voting in a presidential election.

Kim Lobe, a Willoughby Hills, Ohio resident, is a development director at a private girls school. Kim and her husband are registered Republicans, and her three, college-age sons are registered Democrats.

John Rampe, a Willoughby Hills, Ohio, resident, is the president of a manufacturing company, a registered Republican and a father of three grown children.

Joe Tirpak, a Mentor, Ohio resident since 1967, is a human resources management consultant. A great-grandfather, Joe is a registered Republican and his wife is an Independent.

On Monday, we had three votes in favor of Obama, and three in favor of Romney. The deciding vote seemed to come down to John Rampe, an undecided voter with a strong sense of fiscal responsibility and a moderate perspective on social issues.

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Jillian Weinberger

Comments [3]

Beverly from Connecticut

It pains me that some of the participants don't think the President has accomplished anything. He inherited an economic mess, deeper than anyone could have known. I believe he does not get enough credit for what he has been able to accomplish in spite of Republicans who said their number one goal was to make sure Obama was a one term president. It's hard to work cooperatively and find common ground when the opposition is determined to undermine your every effort. We have more than 4 million jobs created in the last 36 months, employment rate below 8%, recovering auto industry, healthcare for millions of previously uninsured Americans, pay equity for women, increased Pell Grants, investment in green technologies (23 of 26 startups are still in business contrary to what Gov. Romney says),the death of Bin Laden. I could keep on going. Did the President do everything he promised or what we hoped he would accomplish? Probably not, but are we in a better place than we were on that September day when the market crashed. I say YES and he deserves another term to finish the job.

Oct. 09 2012 04:58 PM
naomi powers from NY NY

I got really annoyed with that lady who said she was deeply disappointed in Obama and she thought he would go to the Appalachia. OBAMA IS NOT JESUS. I get annoyed that people expected him to save the world and the country and make it perfect. He is a man, yes, he has an amazing accomplishment, but this is too much. Give him a break. He is one person. It is the same burden of being the smart black kid in the neighborhood who didn't go the jail, everyone expects the world of you. Stop it.

Oct. 09 2012 03:33 PM
Patrice Showers Corneli from Salt Lake City

I remember that Reagan ran against Carter complaining about the 68 billion deficit. This despite the fact that Carter's deficit was lower than Nixon/Ford's. Reagan went on to leave office with a deficit of nearly $500 billion.

Now I am a statistician and love to look at and graph data myself. So I downloaded deficit data from the Government Accounting Office for 1947 until now and graphed it.

I did this as a fact check on years of Republican that the Dems are responsible for big spending and consequent deficits. The graph is on my facebook page.

We already know that Bush destroyed Clinton's surplus and returned us to deficit spending as big as Reagans and then some.

Turns out that the deficit is huge for Obama. But his debt was highest in 2009 following the Bush mad spending spree and following an economic collapse that could have led to a great depression.

One cannot attribute that large debt to Obama because policies take some time to show up in the economy. Since taking office less than 4 years ago, the deficit has gone down every year now totaling $400 billion in recovery.

Furthermore, on Obama's watch, unemployment has gone from losing 800,000/month in 2008 to job gains. And the unemployment rate has gone from over 10% to 7.8%. And these are real gains lately not just people dropping out of the jobs market.

I was disappointed that none of these points - already made by many economists - were not addressed.

Oct. 09 2012 03:08 PM

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