COLUMBIA COUNTY — Voters in Columbia County said this presidential election is one of the most important they’ve seen in decades.
Voters have watched the candidates debate behind podiums, tackle the tough issues in a town hall setting, and even the late night shows have weighed in on Vote 2012.
Many voters in Columbia County have watched President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney closely.
Eleanor Welliver lives just outside Bloomsburg. She came to the fairgrounds for a senior health expo. Eleanor says she was an undecided voter for a while and watched all four debates, paying close attention to health issues, and to the candidates’ character.
“I got a feeling from each one. I looked at their eyes, their contact with one another and all, and I really think it helped,” said Welliver.
She’s not saying who she’ll vote for, but says the debates helped her make up her mind.
Just down the road in Berwick, we met Stephanie Bodnar as she finished up her grocery shopping. She told Newswatch 16 she hasn’t paid much attention to the debates, but worries about the upcoming election and the effect it could have on her family’s future.
“I’m not happy with what Obama has not accomplished, I don’t know that I care for the healthcare plan, and I’m just still not sure about Romney, so it’s just really up in the air,” said Bodnar.
With just a couple more weeks to make up their minds, some undecided voters say they’ll be listening to the candidates closely, to hear what they have to say about issues here on Main Street, down on Wall Street and around the world.
“I’m not a Democrat or Republican. I vote for the best person I think fit for the job, and at this point, I don’t think it matters who’s at the helm, I think the country is going to go where it’s going to go,” said Douglas Weinand of Scott Township.
Weinand does plumbing work around the Bloomsburg area, and watched the candidates’ prime-time debates. He says they looked more like a cat fight. He wants more answers before either candidate will earn his vote.
“The debt my children are going to inherit, that we created, I think that’s the biggest concern I have, and the foreign countries that are buying our debt are going to own most of our country,” said Weinand.
“It’s tough this year. I really believe it’s going to be the hardest one we’ve had in my lifetime,” said Welliver.
Many other voters did not want to speak on camera, but say they are watching this election extremely close, fact-checking the candidate’s statements and plan to vote on November 6.