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Man on the Streets: Eagle County residents talk presidential election

The Vail Daily took to the streets, from Gypsum to Vail, during the past few weeks to gauge the thoughts of the community about the presidential election. Reporter Ross Leonhart went to post offices, coffee shops and grocery stores across the county to ask people these five questions. While conducting this nonscientific public poll, many people did not want to give their names, but had plenty to say.

Who are you voting for and why?

"I'm voting for Trump because of the way our country's been going. He's the only one that can straighten it out."

“Typical. Politician. All talk. No action. Sounds good. Doesn’t work. Never gonna happen.”Donald Trump

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— Phil Kirby

"Hillary. I would not trust Donald Trump to be our president. I just think he's unfit to run a country."

— Jennie Thorne

"I have been waffling back and forth. I still haven't made up my mind."

— Darby Karchut

What are your general thoughts on this election?

"It's crazy. It's the craziest one I've ever seen, and I've been around a while."

— Phil Kirby

"It's a carnival. They've made it a carnival."

— Dennis Prochnow

"I think what has completely turned my stomach is that there's a lot of people who are racist bigots and insensitive. I think this has uncovered what's already been there but has sort of been suppressed. I think that's important."

— Charlotte Ellenbogen

"Generally, I feel like it marks a really low point in U.S. political thought. I think it marks a low point in our country's citizenship and our ability to think on a higher level about concepts and things that are happening in the world. This is something that is unprecedented."

— William Pankonin

What are the biggest issues for you as a voter?

"This year, it's the Supreme Court and the direction it would take if each candidate wins."

— Darby Karchut

❝I guess I'm not really looking at the issues; it's more like we have one candidate that's good and one's that evil."

— Stephanie Fleck

"Economy and taxes, that's the only two things they can really affect. It's the party in Washington that gets things solved, not the person."

— Harold Rulon

What do you think about the debates? did you watch them?

"No. The debates come at the end of 2 1/2 years of information overload to where it really doesn't have any impact. The attrition rate is so high after 2 1/2 years of listening to the same thing."

— Dennis Prochnow

"I teach speech and debate, and we don't talk about these debates in class because they're not public speaking forums. They're not. They're entertainment, and the reason why people in the United States are tuning in is because they are entertained."

— William Pankonin

"I've been watching the debates. The second one I only watched the last little bit, and I'm kind of happy I didn't watch the whole thing because it just seemed like a lot of trading insults. For me, this is maybe the most confusing race I've been a part of."

— Kimble Rawcliffe

Is there another person, even a celebrity, you would rather vote for?

"Obama. I'd vote for a third term with the Obamas."

— Jennie Thorne

"I haven't thought about it, but Michelle Obama is one that a lot of people are recognizing as an awesome future candidate. I like that, too, because of the idea of a woman president."

— Kimble Rawcliffe

"Arnold Schwarzenegger. I used to live in California and he was the governor, and I thought he did a good job."

— Stephanie Fleck

"I liked Bernie Sanders. I liked a lot of what he stood for."

— Charlotte Ellenbogen