ABOARD THE ELECTION EXPRESS
CAMBRIDGE, Ohio (CNN) - There are moments - sometimes fleeting and quiet - that make you stop and consider anew just how much is at stake on that day in November when a new president will be elected.
And some of those moments carry not even a sliver of partisanship. Not a hint of anger or acrimony.
We had pulled into Cambridge, Ohio, for lunch. It was a sunny afternoon in the town of 13,000, with a farmers' market on the courthouse lawn across from the Advantage Bank building. The setting felt like a vintage postcard; the local newspaper, the Jeffersonian, featured stories about a "Bark in the Park" event for the dogs of Guernsey County, and an announcement of the cast for the Deersville Community Players' fall theatrical production, "A Wing and a Prayer."
Some staff members of the bank came outside, and we started talking about the campaign, and one of them - Paula Smith, 43, a loan processor - said:
"I hope the candidates ask themselves sometimes if they're being completely honest with us about everything they put on the table."
I asked her what she meant.
"All this bashing of each other - I hope when they lay their heads down at night, they think about that. Because there are a lot of us out here who are depending on whoever wins, and I hope that in the middle of all the things they're saying, they pause once in a while to think about that."