Soledad Reports: Voter travels from Dallas to sell stickers
January 2nd, 2012
02:42 PM ET
3 years ago

Soledad Reports: Voter travels from Dallas to sell stickers

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Des Moines, Iowa (CNN)
- Tom Bragg came from Dallas to sell bumper stickers and buttons. He makes only enough to pay for his gas.

"Did you want this bumper sticker," he joked with me. It said: "Hot chicks vote republican." I told him I don't have a car. He said maybe we could put it on the CNN Election bus.

He had a few others to offer:

"Does this ass make my butt look good" – (with Obama's picture). "Give me liberty, not debt." And "Buck Ofama."

He says he campaigns for "love and passion."

"I'm riding this horse all the way to Florida," he said of his button business. It frustrates him that the candidates aren't more detailed about their economic plan and he sees this as his way to get people talking.


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  1. Donna

    This pretty well sums up today's GOP. If it can fit on a bumper sticker, it's a winner. Pretty sad political philosophy.

    January 2, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  2. Media Objectivity

    Again, the media picks the loopiest of the loopy to pass off as the Republican mainstream.
    On youtube, I've found dozens of pro-Republican people at these events who are quite polite, articulate and well-educated. Where is CNN when those folks are out?

    At occupy wall-street, they managed to find well educated, polite people to talk about their views of the capitalist system.
    On youtube, I've found dozens of pro-occupy people who are bats**t crazy and are so out there, it makes this texan seem normal.
    Again, where is CNN when those folks are out?

    CNN is perpetuating an image, that they want to perpuate. That all Republicans are dumb inbred hicks, and that all liberals are smart intellectuals, when in reality, there are crazy nutty people on both sides, and CNN refuses to stay unbiased and fair.

    January 2, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    "Did you want this bumper sticker," he joked with me. It said: "Hot chicks vote republican." I told him I don't have a car. He said maybe we could put it on the CNN Election bus.
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    Too bad you can't afford a car on what CNN pays you....

    "Does this ass make my butt look good" – (with Obama's picture). "Give me liberty, not debt." And "Buck Ofama."
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    Put up a web site! You'll make a small fortune this year.

    January 2, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  4. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    "It frustrates him that the candidates aren't more detailed about their economic plan and he sees this as his way to get people talking. "

    The answer is quite simple: The GOBP simply has no viable economic plans. The GOBP is a neocon deathcult based on economic exploitation and serving the greedy elites above all others. The GOBP deathcult's "policies" are simply pledges to continue to serve their masters with tax cuts for the filthy rich and deregulation. Again, these are not viable economic plans, as they have already been proven false and failed. This is what the GOBP deathcult really means when it talks about "pledges." They are pledges of loyalty to continue serving the interests of those who have corrupted our government and economy.

    January 2, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  5. A former republican

    The republican/teabaggers seem to attract the loonies, the crazies, and religious nuts. Anything out of thhe mainstream.

    January 2, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    CNN is perpetuating an image, that they want to perpuate. That all Republicans are dumb inbred hicks, and that all liberals are smart intellectuals, when in reality, there are crazy nutty people on both sides, and CNN refuses to stay unbiased and fair.
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    You expect far too much! And yet the liberals have come to accept it as "normal" and scream bloody murder should any other network/website (that shall go unnamed) present anything other than the standard liberal drivel, because that as we all know is crazy made up news.

    January 2, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Greg in Arkansas

    One of those new "jobs" the GOP "created".... that they brag about.....guess as long as he makes gas money, he can be counted as a success story...

    January 2, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  8. OnlyRonPaul

    Come on, you didn't slam Ron Paul even once in this propaganda. CNN is slipping.

    January 2, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    CNN is perpetuating an image, that they want to perpuate. That all Republicans are dumb inbred hicks, and that all liberals are smart intellectuals, when in reality, there are crazy nutty people on both sides,
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    And they DO interview the lefty kooks as well. Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Barney Frank come to mind....

    January 2, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Natalie

    Yes, some steller examples of GOP maturity right there! For a minute, I thought maybe Perry had found something useful to do.

    January 2, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  11. LegendRx

    It is well know that the republican party are nuts and cling to their guns and so far off the cusp religion. A bunch of right wing fruit cakes. LOL!

    January 2, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    The GOPs economic plan is to destroy the entire country to get Obama out of office. It's back-firing. We KNOW who votes NO to every jobs bill and every proposal to help the middle/working-class.

    We're not idjits like the numbskulls running in the GOP campaign.

    January 2, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  13. DB

    Most republicans are not dumb inbred hicks, they're arrogant religious zealots.

    January 2, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. vic , nashville ,tn

    Soledad past 4 years we missed you welcome to morning show again

    January 2, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. vet in tx

    And republicans say Obama is killing jobs........

    January 2, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  16. Get Real

    Wanna bet that Tom's collecting social security?

    January 2, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  17. knowledge

    This guy must be dumb if he dbumpoesn't have enough money for gas and is trying to sell bumper stickers. I have one solution for him. Obama 2012 !!!

    January 2, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  18. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Get Real - Wanna bet that Tom's collecting social security?
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    So? He can still work. And he paid into it so he can collect. Or do you expect him to reject the money so Obama and the Democrats can funnel it to their corrupt union bosses?

    January 2, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |