The Undecideds: Could These Women Tip the Election?

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WISCONSIN: Karen, 55

Karen Undecided Wisconsin

What would make you decide?

I thought this last debate would make me decide. I felt both candidates did well during the debate. I felt that Romney was a bit rude. I felt Obama was confident.

What is it you've been looking for to help sway you one way or the other?

Something to jump out square and obvious, right in my face, that says, "This is YOUR guy." I'm still hopeful that might happen in the next two weeks. Maybe if Romney releases his tax returns.

If you remain undecided, will you vote? Will you go to the polls and vote what you feel that day?

Yes, I am definitely going to vote. Nothing will keep me from the polls on Election Day! I've watched both candidates closely this year; I've read both of their plans. My gut says vote one way, but my heart says vote the other way. Either way, when I exit the polls, I will feel good about my decision. Hopefully!

Do you always approach elections as undecided?

No. Last election, I wanted to vote my party but felt that the Republican choice for VP was poor. That made me not trust the candidate's decision-making abilities, were he to be elected POTUS.

What issues are most important to you this election?

Healthcare reform, lower taxes, stimulus for small businesses to grow.

Are you affiliated with a particular party? Why/why not?

Yes, I've always been a registered Republican.

Do you mind sharing how you’ve voted in the past?

I've voted straight party Republican every election except the last one. I voted for Obama.

Is your partner/family, if applicable, also undecided?

Hubby is definitely not undecided. He's voting Republican because he feels he'd be hurting himself by voting Democrat. He feels President Obama is anti-small business and will tax us more heavily (we are in the highest tax bracket already). I think he feels betrayed that I'm not on his side, because in his words, if I don't vote like he does, I'm voting against our dental practice, our livelihood. That gives me a lot of angst. Sigh!

Anything else you’d like to say about the election?

I'm really torn this year, for a few reasons.

I don't support mid- or late-term abortion, but I do support women's rights. So does that make me Republican? Actually, it makes me Karen. I know our politicians aren't going to go into office and overturn this right we have, but in my gut, in my heart, I feel it's wrong. Can I vote for a president that supports whatever as far as abortion is concerned? I don't know. But Mr. Romney has flip-flopped so much, I don't know what he really feels about abortion or any other issue now.

Which brings me to supporting our president. He brought the troops home from Iraq, he's put into place an exit strategy in Afghanistan, he killed bin Laden! I think he's kept a level head during the last four years. He wasn't exactly left with a picnic, you know?

There are plenty of things I don't like, especially raising taxes in our income level. With the income our practice is earning, we are able to expand and grow and employ more people. Why penalize us for that? We aren't in the elite that pays the lucky 14 percent; we are in the highest tax bracket. As for Obamacare, I'm glad there is coverage for all. But let's tackle health insurance costs. I've had major health issues in the past, but how can they get away with charging us so much? How is this fair?

So yeah, it's a tough year for me to decide.

Karen blogs at Karen Lynn Sandoval and tweets as KarenLynnn.

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