Voter voices in Colorado
DENVER, Colorado ” In Their Words: Colorado voices at the polls Tuesday:
“I just liked his plan better, especially his health care plan. I have an aging parent so that’s important to me,” said Yvonne Hobrecht, 49, of Lakewood, after voting for Barack Obama at Alameda High School.
“I just like his values a little bit better than Obama, and I disagree with some of Obama’s economic policies,” said Dan Shipp, 43, of Lakewood, after voting for John McCain and GOP senatorial candidate Bob Schaffer. “I actually like Mark Udall, and I like some of the things that he believes in in regard to sportsmen and outdoors, but just his liberal attitude towards things in general ” we just take a more conservative view.”
“I’m not very optimistic,” said McCain supporter Tom Stipe, 58, of Arvada, speaking of the possibility of an Obama win. “I think you’re looking at a post-Christian America. I think Obama has some very serious socialist values.”
Stipe said he voted for McCain largely because of concerns over the economy and worries about national security. He specifically cited Russia’s military ties to Venezuela and to Cuba.
“We may be looking at a repeat of the Cuban missile crisis in the next six months. I know what McCain would do. I’m not sure what Obama would do. Invite them for coffee first?”
Lena Ironwing-Player, 38, voted for the first time, convinced that Obama can improve the nation’s economy.
“He needs to help the little guy. The big guys are doing just fine,” said Ironwing-Player, who lives in Leyden, a Denver suburb.
And if Obama loses? “I won’t be happy,” she said. “We’ll just have to have a beer and get over it.”
Danielle Bayert-Stone, 28, a music teacher at Kendrick Lakes Elementary School in Lakewood, called it her most important election. She voted for Obama but also thinks with McCain in charge there will be “change for the better.”
“It’s just interesting to me because we have a woman on the Republican ticket and a black person on the Democratic ticket. And that’s just huge to me ” to know that, even as a woman, we could have a chance.” Minorities, she added, “can have a chance to have their voice heard, equally. That’s huge.”
Richard Threlkeld, 61, drives a school bus for Jefferson County Public Schools after retiring from the Henderson Mine. He voted for Obama because “he ran a campaign where he said what he was going to do. He has a plan, and everything I got from the Republican side was just anti-Obama. There’s wasn’t anything that was actually said: ‘Well this is our plan. This is what we’re going to do.'”
Threlkeld said it was the most important election of his lifetime “primarily because of the state of the world, and the way we’re sitting in the world right now. We’re not looked up to anymore. Even when Vietnam was going on, we were still looked up to as a world leader. And now we’re not. We’re looked down on. And it’s because of the attitude of the present administration.”