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Keith picks Obama

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Keith Clark voted for Barack Obama Tuesday morning.

He had already made his decision after the third debate. To him, the debates proved Obama cared about the middle class and actually wanted to address the issues.

“McCain’s plans more or less seem to make rich man richer and us working class people will have to suffer, again,” Keith said. “And that’s not right.”

Keith recently had back surgery and said he thought Obama’s healthcare plan would be more effective than McCain’s.

Keith also marked the ballot for another Democratic candidate: Judy Baker for 9th Congressional District candidate. Although she didn’t win, Keith liked her campaign style.

“She came to my door and I haven’t seen any other candidates come to my door to find out what I think,” Keith said. “And I like that.”


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November 7, 2008 at 4:03 am

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Stuck in limbo, but leaning towards the right

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With a little less than two weeks left before Election Day, MU freshman Amy Davis is still undecided.

Davis said after the three debates, she is leaning towards presidential candidate John McCain because she agrees with his views on abortion and his tax plans. However, she describes herself in the middle between presidential candidate Barack Obama and McCain with it comes to the war in Iraq.

Davis explains that this isn’t a decision. She still isn’t sure about whom she will vote for.

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October 23, 2008 at 5:52 pm

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Analog television

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One issue that has bothered Keith Clark is the cutoff date for analog television. Congress and the FCC approved a plan that forces analog broadcasting to cease on February 17, 2009, in a move to digital-only. 

That means those who use antennas will have to buy a digital-to-analog converter box and anyone with a TV that doesn’t have the right tuner will either have to buy a new TV or buy the box. For more details, click here.

Keith doesn’t like this forced conversion. He thinks it was a decision made without consent of the people and without warning.

“It’s not the ‘land of the free’ because now we don’t even have decisions on our televions for people who can’t afford things like that,” Keith said. 

The FCC still isn’t sure how much the coverter boxes will cost. They’re expected to cost less than $100 and to help offset the cost, the government is sponsoring a coupon program to help families buy the converter boxes. 


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October 21, 2008 at 8:07 pm

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Obama won the third debate

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Miguel, who stated his preference for Senator Obama after the second debate, did not waiver in his decision after watching the third.  As before, Miguel focused more on Senator McCain’s shortcomings than Obama’s strengths.  

McCain was too defensive and not clear on his plans for the future, Miguel said. 

“I don’t see anything clear from McCain, really.”

 Although the common soundbite from the third debate was McCain’s statement: “I am not President Bush,” Miguel thinks McCain hasn’t proven that that’s true. 

While it’s not entirely McCain’s fault that he has, so to speak, “inherited” the Bush administration and its big mistakes, Miguel said, that doesn’t change the truth of it.  

There’s also Sarah Palin.  According to Miguel, she’s not ready to be V.P., much less President, in the event that something should happen to McCain.  

Two weeks to go and Obama has convinced two of our undecided voters that he should be our next President.

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October 20, 2008 at 11:22 pm

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Obama’s taken the lead

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Keith Clark has solidified his vote.

“I’m going to go with my gut instinct and I’m going to go for Obama,” Keith said. 

He watched some of Wednesday’s debate and thought McCain already looked defeated. 

“He was trying to put out what Obama was doing wrong instead of telling us what his plan was,” Keith said. 

Keith said McCain looked uptight and like he was on the offensive. He also said McCain’s running mate, Sarah Palin, further alienated him from McCain. Partially because of stories he’s seen on the Today Show about Palin’s brother-in-law, and also because she’s continued to be the brunt of jokes.

“I don’t want her in office because that would be a straight failure,” Keith said.

Nothing McCain or Palin have said has hit home for him and he thinks Obama is better equipped to handle the economy.

“My button is definitely going to be hit for Obama,” Keith said.

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October 16, 2008 at 9:55 pm

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McCain is digging his own grave

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It seems Miguel Lopez is fed up with John McCain.  After watching the second presidential debate on Tuesday, he announced: “I’m not an undecided voter anymore.  I’m gonna vote for Obama.” 

Why?  For a number of reasons. 

A couple months ago, Miguel felt the lure of both candidates: John McCain had experience, and Barack Obama an appealing youthfulness and promise for change.  But McCain’s experience isn’t looking so good on this side of a severe economic crisis that happened during the watch of the Bush administration.  McCain is a part of the government that created this mess, Miguel said, and it has to stop.  

The bad policies of the Bush administration affect the whole party, he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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October 10, 2008 at 11:35 pm

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Keith doesn’t like Nader

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I asked Keith what he thought about third party candidates over McCain or Obama. 

“If he’s got something better to offer, maybe it could be a possibility,” Keith said. “As long as it’s not Ralph Nader, we’re fine.”

Keith doesn’t trust Ralph Nader or his beliefs and described Nader’s thought method as “flawed.” 

He doesn’t know much about third party candidates in general. He said the candidate would need to preach a thorough message about health care and the economy- like he thinks Obama has- to get his attention.

“If somebody said they could change the world, I might listen to them,” Keith said. 

As of now, that message hasn’t reached Keith. 

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October 10, 2008 at 8:21 pm

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