Soledad Reports: Two friends on opposite sides in Iowa
January 3rd, 2012
10:45 AM ET
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Soledad Reports: Two friends on opposite sides in Iowa

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Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - Mary Wieman eats breakfast with Pat Smyth once a week at the Waveland Cafe. She won't talk about who she is voting for because Pat is a Democrat who supports President Barack Obama. Pat says Mitt Romney is the Republican who is least "unappealing."

"I think there is too much emphasis on issues that are not important like faith which has nothing to do with running for president," she said. "The family values crap. And then they pick Newt!"

That's exactly what Mary finds appealing about the Republicans, "their family values!"

They don't discuss politics. But they love gossip. They're both retired and worked for insurance companies. Mary will caucus tonight as she did four years ago for former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee. Pat caucused for Obama but figures she doesn't need to tonight. They both agree they won't be talking politics at the next breakfast either.

Filed under: 2012 • Iowa
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. GI Joe

    Pat sounds like a smart republican. Can those two words REALLY be used in the same sentence?

    January 3, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    I wish the woman would explain what Republican "family values" she's talking about. Actions speak louder than words, and the only "family values" coming from Republicans are words. One of those two women had been thoroughly bamboozled by the words of false prophets. The wolf in sheep's clothing.

    January 3, 2012 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. Dan Mcguire

    these are the most ridiculous articles I have ever seen, switching to Politico for my news, gosh!

    January 3, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. vatoloke

    Bless their hearts.

    January 3, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "The family values crap. And then they pick Newt!"
    Attagirl Pat!!
    Ain't THAT the truth!

    January 3, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  6. tymleu

    WHO EVER GOD SEES FIT WILL WIN 2012, your money will not override his plans

    January 3, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  7. Hugganoak

    When the republicans say "family values" one thing they mean is stopping 14 year old girls who were raped by their father from having an abortion. I see neither family or value in that position.

    January 3, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    The irony of the "family values" is just extrondinary with the GOP. How many of them have been caught with their pants down. Gingrich has cheated twice and been caught at it; possibly done it more? If these people are so "pro-birth, then where are the ones adopting all of these babies that they don't want aborted? These people are pro-birth and pro-life since they are for the death penalty.

    January 3, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  9. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Gee Soledad, couldn't you find any disaffected Obama supporters from 2008 to speak to? Polls show there are a LOT of them out there. Or would not fit with your bash the Republicans theme?

    January 3, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |