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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.