The Undecideds: Could These Women Tip the Election?

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NORTH CAROLINA: Kristen, 43

Kristen Undecided NC

What would make you decide?

If either candidate could actually state WHAT they're going to do to make the changes that they're promising. How they're going to get opposing parties to reach across the aisles, agree to disagree and then get on with fixing what's wrong with our country.

After listening to all three presidential debates as well as the VP debate, I had hoped that something would have happened to make me go "AHA! That's it!" But it never did. For each crazy thing one candidate said, the other had something equally insane.

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

An honest answer, a clear plan and our country as a priority. I realize that no one can come into office and make all the changes quickly, but if you're taking over the highest office in the country, please tell me you at least have bullet points.

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

Yes, I will vote.

Do you always approach elections as undecided?

No. I can only think of one other time that I was this undecided, and that was the 2000 election.

What issues are most important to you this election?

Our economy. I can't remember a time where our family has struggled as much as it has the past four years. We've managed to stay above water, unlike many, but it's been difficult. After I lost my job four years ago, I was unable to find a job in my field. After looking and looking, I made the decision to start my own company, figuring that if I continued to wait for the economy to turn around, we'd be doomed for sure. But I am so tired of watching the "middle class" disappear, telling my kids that we can't do this or that (and the requests aren't frivolous, believe me), and robbing from Peter to give to Paul. In a nutshell, the past four years have exhausted me. And even though the "you didn't build this" episode was blown out of proportion somewhat, it ticked me off -- because yes, I DID build this. When no one else wanted to bring me on board, I took matters into my own hands, busted my tail, and now have a successful, growing business. I'm not rich, but I know that I'm better off now than if I had waited.

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

Yes. I'm a registered Democrat, mainly for my social views. But if I had to label myself now, I'd say I was an Independent.

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

I've voted Democratic in every election except one.

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

LOL -- we are a house divided! My husband is a Republican (I call him a liberal Republican; his social views are more in line with mine), which makes for some interesting debates, usually. However, this year I've been more open to hear his point of view as it relates to the fiscal points of view of the Republicans.

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

I am not joking when I say that every day I change my mind about who I'm going to vote for. I've literally had conversations in my head about my vote. I want to say to President Obama, "My life is NOT better now than it was four years ago and I want to know what your plan is to make sure that my NEXT four years ARE going to be better." Do I think Romney will improve our financial situation? I don't know, but I don't think it can be much worse. What terrifies me about Romney and Ryan is their social views... I wonder and hope that if Romney goes into office, he will be so busy correcting the fiscal state that he won't have time to do anything with his (lack of) a women's rights agenda.

Seriously, If our government would spend as much time worrying about the real issues (fiscal, employment, education) as they do worrying about who gets married and what I do with my body, we'd all be so much better off. At this point, I would like to live to see the day where my vote doesn't go to the "lesser of the two evils."

Kristen Daukas blogs at Four Hens and a Rooster; she's also on Facebook and Twitter.

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