Soledad Reports: Lifelong Democrat likes the Republican battle
January 9th, 2012
10:47 AM ET
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Soledad Reports: Lifelong Democrat likes the Republican battle

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Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) – Pam Englander has lived in Manchester, New Hampshire for 13 years. She's not a Republican so she doesn't care about the candidates but she enjoys watching the competition.

"People's dissatisfaction with Obama not doing all he'd say he'd do has made people look for an alternative," said the lifelong Democrat. She'd love to see Ron Paul win because she believes he'd be easy to defeat.

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She says she cares as passionately about the economy as the Republicans but is troubled by their stand on many social issues, like gay rights. "Their insensitivity," she says to be more specific.

Her favorite of the Republicans is Huntsman "because he's smart and rational and doesn't shoot from the hip."

But she'll stick with Obama who is "in an uphill battle" because she believes he needs time to fix a lot of things from the Bush administration.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • President Obama • Republicans
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. L. D. in Denver

    Yes, we Democrats love this infighting. The longer it goes on, the better calm, smart Obama looks. He is going to win easily.

    January 9, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  2. Joi Gibson

    I agree, I'm sticking with President Obama as well.

    January 9, 2012 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  3. Sarah

    "Their insensitivity", Has anyone every thought about the fact that "Their insensitivity" is a two way street and can be labeled to their actions as well.

    January 9, 2012 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  4. willie floyd

    Smart lady! As a Dem. I agree with her re:Huntsman. He's far too smart to be a Rep. though.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012

    January 9, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. Gurgi

    Another irrelevant article about another liberal's irrelevant opinion.

    January 9, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  6. Fair is Fair

    "But she'll stick with Obama who is "in an uphill battle" because she believes he needs time to fix a lot of things from the Bush administration."
    ------
    So exactly when does Obama own the economy? Ever?

    January 9, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  7. anagram_kid

    They will all be easy to beat.

    Obama 2012 – Because logic will always outlast irrational anger

    January 9, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    Democrats never look at reality, or performance..........they only look at party, and that's why the Democrats have become a party of dictatorship to America, usurping the true freedoms of the people, with big government, and doing all the WRONG things in government, which are destroying over 200 hundred years of our history, and what we have stood for, since we declared our independence.

    January 9, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  9. Ken

    "Fair is Fair" – Obama will take ownership of the economy when Republicans take responsibility for the mess they got this country into. The president can't single-handedly fix a mess in 3 years that republicans created during 8 years of their failed economic policies.

    January 9, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  10. Anonymous

    I'd like to see Ron Paul win it, too, Ms. Englander. But for a very different reasons.
    Preserving the Constitution. And PEACE.
    The only honest candidate.... Dr. Ron Paul 2012.

    January 9, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  11. Fair is Fair

    "Ken" -

    "The president can't single-handedly fix a mess in 3 years that republicans created during 8 years of their failed economic policies."
    -------–
    Obama's own words – "If I ca't fix this economy in 3 years, then I'm looking at a 1-term proposition". I say we take him up on that.

    January 9, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  12. Anonymous

    I'd like to see Ron Paul win it, too. But for a very different reasons.
    Preserving the Constitution. And PEACE.
    The only honest candidate.... Dr. Ron Paul 2012.

    January 9, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  13. Sniffit

    "Obama's own words – "If I ca't fix this economy in 3 years, then I'm looking at a 1-term proposition". I say we take him up on that."

    If you guys had really wanted to do so, you would've offered better alternatives. As it stands now, the best you've got is Mittens and he's a lead balloon looking for a place to sink.

    January 9, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Me in MN

    When Hunstman got into the race I thought he would be trouble for the President. He's smart, educated, has a world view, foreign policy experience, believes in science. Then I realized he doesn't have a shot. Those are all things the GOP is against.

    January 9, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. vic , nashville ,tn

    We are republicans we are happy too because GOP establishment forcing us to vote for their candidate

    January 9, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  16. Patriot Awesome

    I'd feel better if Huntsman got the nomination. That way IF Obama looses we'd still have a sane president in charge. The rest of the the Republican candidates (with the exception of Ron Paul) are just basically interviewing for a job at FOX or out to hook up their 1% buddies.

    January 9, 2012 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  17. DIANA

    I also love the side show the Republican's are putting on now for the country and the world to see. It's sad that the only one the rest of the country would really look at seriously is being ignored by their party – Huntsman seems to be the only sane, smart one in the bunch. I know the President could easily beat any one of those clowns, especially with the amunition they've been feeding him this entire primary.

    January 9, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |