Soledad Reports: One voter hates the 'tiny scandals'
January 2nd, 2012
01:32 PM ET
2 years ago

Soledad Reports: One voter hates the 'tiny scandals'

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Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Stephanie Fawkes-Lee calls herself a public policy advocate who lobbies for constitutional freedom. She considers herself a moderate but says she's "married to a flaming liberal."

She wants candidates to be blunt and specific and hates it when the campaigns get bogged down in "tiny scandals."

"The war on drugs has just ruined our country," she said. "I really wish they'd talk more about the drug and alcohol problem in our country. It's tearing apart our country, particularly communities."

She says a lot of campaigns focus on fear– "of Iran, foreign threats when there are threats right here."

She thinks a lot of important issues have gotten overlooked because in the debates "you've heard about the right wing of the Republican party. These are not necessarily issues we all care about."


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. LegendRx

    The Republican party ideology sucks . . . Big Time and have never worked. Period.

    January 2, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. Indy

    She says a lot of campaigns focus on fear– "of Iran, foreign threats when there are threats right here."

    This lady makes a good point and it is very true that Republicans always rely on the fear factor for elections so it is about to get worse.You have people like Romney with no foreign policy credentials ready to go to war with China,Iran and Russia will his ill informed opinions. Then you have the reality of Republicans wanting to deregulate and veto everything the black President has done to protect us all from another market free fall and wipe out the middle class as we know it, there is some fear alright !

    January 2, 2012 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. indyfan2

    Wait until the party finally picks their candidate. We will be hearing 9/11 speeches galore. With the right it is all baout fear. Same tactic Hitler used to con Germany in the thirties.

    January 2, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  4. cigarman

    The Republican Party is correct about something to FEAR. It is the Republicans themselves that ALL Americans should fear.

    January 2, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Keith in Austin

    Soledad hasn't seen anything yet re: "tiny scandals"! Just wait till the Axelrod/DNC get into the swing of things with Obama's $ 1-billion dollar campaign fund and a candidate with a deplorable record to run on! Sleazy Democrats will thrive on it!

    January 2, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. NC

    We want to hear about issues, not some of the trash we have been hearing. I don't want to hear who slept with who, how many children they have, religion or how they hate our President.

    January 2, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Tha't's the real truth cigarman. The GOBP wingnut/teabagger trainwreck implosion continues full speed ahead.

    January 2, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. A former republican

    republican politicians practice fear politics because the are not intelligent to come up with anything that will help average Americans. They are only concerned with helping big business and the wealthy.They should all be tried for treason and when found guilty, hanged!

    January 2, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  9. Marla

    It's the GOTP that is all about fear.
    She needs to "lean left" with her smart spouse.

    January 2, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    She says a lot of campaigns focus on fear– "of Iran, foreign threats when there are threats right here."
    =================================================================================
    Yes, I Do fear what Obama and the Democrats have done to this country and REALLY FEAR our country cannot survive another 4 years of this massively devisive failure of a President. Obama and the Democrats are our BIGGEST domestic threat!

    January 2, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  11. a in austin

    @Keith in Austin – look at your own state's governor before you start talking trash about Obama....drawing 2 paychecks while out of the state, another top GOP getting paid to do the work of the governor, $100,000 week for security detail while traveling around embarrassing himself, $10,000/month for a mansion no one is staying at, lobbyists on the ground in Iowa working for Perry. Perry screams for "States Rights" but when he can't get on the ballot in Virginia, he sues the state...need I go on! What an embarrassment. OBTW – I'm not a sleazy democrat.

    January 2, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |