Soledad Reports: Former Clinton supporter searches for a candidate
January 9th, 2012
01:12 PM ET
3 years ago

Soledad Reports: Former Clinton supporter searches for a candidate

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Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Mary Tourlitis decided to spend Monday visiting every event of every Republican's event. She volunteered for Hillary Clinton's campaign but left "hurt and bitter" after she lost.

Now she's an independent in search of a candidate. "So far I'm leaning towards Romney because other than 'Romneycare,' which is different than 'Obamacare' because states can make their own decisions," she said. "Because of his business expertise and his ability to run companies and his foreign policy experience."

She can't imagine voting for Obama because she didn't feel like he had the experience "and I still don't." She feels like Obama got an easy ride from the media "because they were using the race card. It wasn't his time"

The Republicans are their choice because of their standing on fiscal matters, not the social issues she sees some candidates focusing on. "I'm not into social issues, pro-life, pro-choice, the gays, I think people have a right to make their own decisions. I care about jobs, the economy, the future."

She just isn't clear yet she said which one has the best plan. She has just one day to decide.


Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire
soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. IVOTE

    I don't believe she is a Democrat period.

    January 9, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  2. cptpooppants

    This lady is a racist plain and simple. I won't vote for him because he has no experience, is code for, I just can't bring myself to vote for a black man.

    January 9, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "This lady is clearly confused. If she was a Clinton supporter, it must've been primarily because she was a woman."

    LOL. I was thinking low information voter too lazy to actually do her own research.

    January 9, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. paul

    Because Obama is Black go ahead and say it. That is the problem now. Everybody wants there own rules and life doesn't work like that. What stupid excuse you gonna give someone when they need assistance out of there state. Dummies.

    January 9, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  5. ja

    mary need to grow up, in the matter of politics

    January 9, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  6. C in the South

    Classic example of why the Repubs continue to sling the same old tired messages. Occasionally, their half-boiled spaghetti finds a wall to stick to like this woman's mind.

    January 9, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. beevee

    This person mary is clearly confused about Romney's foreign policy experience. he had none. he was governor of Mass. States don't make national foreign policy decisions. This woman is still sore about Hillary Clinton's failure to get nomination. Grwo up. Ms. Clinton did set aside the disappointment of losing the nomination and is doing a phenomenol job as Secretary of the State.

    January 9, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Tillie in Texas

    "Because of his business expertise and his ability to run companies and his foreign policy experience."
    If Soledad asked the lady to give an example of (or what she liked about) "his business expertise and his ability to run companies and his foreign policy experience", I'd take this lady and this article more seriously. When a reporter fails to ask simple, obvious follow up questions, their credibility suffers, viewers lose trust, and people have to vote without all the facts. That's not good for America.

    January 9, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    She feels like Obama got an easy ride from the media "because they were using the race card. It wasn't his time"
    -------------------
    I recall reading a statistic about this back 2008. Supposedly the media was giving Obama a "free ride" because he was black. Well, thanks to organizations like FOX News, statistics show 80% of cable news segments about Barack Obama were negative segments. The statistics are even higher on public AM radio, thanks to folks like Beck, Limbaugh, and so many others.

    January 9, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Chris

    Yeah, just another bitter, middle aged harpie desperately clinging to hopes for a Clinton presidency as a validation that her demographic isn't invisible and irrelevant.

    January 9, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "Well, thanks to organizations like FOX News, statistics show 80% of cable news segments about Barack Obama were negative segments."

    Indeed. That even goes for places like CNN and other MSM outlets, not just Faux tipping the balance. Reason being: CNN and the rest spend most of their time reporting uncritically whatever latest vitriolic talking point blather is coming out of the GOP's/Teatrolls' mouths, providing them with a convenient and free sounding-board for disseminating their talking points and misinformation campaign blather. In fact, the whole dynamic actually incentivizes both the GOP/Teatrolls and the MSM to be even more vitriolic/crazy and avoid critical reporting at all costs, respectively.

    January 9, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  12. Donkey Party

    Lois –

    President Obama is a moderate. It's just that the right-wing has gone so extremely to the right, that anybody left of Ted Nugent is considered a Liberal now.

    January 9, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  13. georgewill enefaaaha

    I am not surprised at her racist criticism. this is exactly hilary rodham's speech. hilary knows she has lost woefully and now sends her thugs to do her biddings. how can any workforce without health and social safety, and choice family be productive; "dummies for jobs and kill them off with wars", this is the beastly parts from the hilarians. that woman needs her head checked. This President is most experienced and very articulate about all the issues and has successfully demonstrated balanced adminstration at the very troubled time that has ever been. she is alive and safe at the least thanks to his specialism in strategic leadership.

    January 9, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. georgewill enefaaaha

    I pray for her to live and witness the full joys from This President's two full terms and beyond. I need her to tell hilary rodham clinton that she duped the USA voters for being in office at all. Democracy is called Liberalism and not dictatoral dynasty. hilary should be ashamed about her fraudulent occupation of public office after she had been first lady twice(and a very bloody one too). was she not a senator in New York when 911 happened? we still seek the culprits of that crime against humanity and civilization. is hilary angry there is security in America and most part of the Universe now and especially simce This Presidency. hilary damaged her spouse's presidency and she has done the most desruption to This Presidency, yet His successes surpasses all. this is why He is not just a USA's President, but Universal. we thank him for his honest peaceful Leadership.

    January 9, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  15. Gurgi

    Obama's foreign policy experience before being elected....0, so I guess Romney is at least his equal in that respect. For those calling this woman racist, you need to look in the mirror at your own racist selves.

    January 9, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
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