Soledad Reports: Political junkies meet daily in N.H.
January 10th, 2012
10:15 AM ET
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Soledad Reports: Political junkies meet daily in N.H.

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Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - Every morning at 7:30 am this group of New Hampshire political junkies has breakfast at Chez Vouchon. The conversations are always loud and lively, but Tuesday the finger pointing and laughter suffused the diner.

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All four are registered as independents.

Ray Scott, a salesman, said he was still unsure of his choice even as voting had already started.

"Money is the big factor so it's hard to decide," he said. "I want to beat Obama. Four and out!" He said his motto is the same as the state's "live free or die" and Obama doesn't seem to agree.

But he said "none of these candidates have struck a chord. I want to see fire in the belly."

Ray, with his Santa Claus whiskers, got so fired up about the lack of good choices that his beard shook when he talked about it.

Buck Mercier, voted for Huntsman. He's a hunter and a fisherman who said he believes in the right to own a gun. "Anyone against guns doesn't get my vote," he said.

His friend Kurt Schelzel used to be a pipe fitter. He was a union guy, but he's strayed from the Democratic party his union supports. He said he may vote for either Tuesday.

"I don't know. I got 3 candidates. Ron Paul. Perry. Santorum. Not Romney," Kurt Schelzel said.

Also see:

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire
soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Bob Moore

    Mitt is a 1-term Governor with 34% approval. Mitt is a POPULIST PHONY: undeniable proof in 2 minutes "Mittstant Replay" youtube

    JON HUNTSMAN IS THE ONLY ONE OBAMA FEARS

    January 10, 2012 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  2. Sniffit

    And there it is...the noisy table that convinces you to leave the restaurant without finishing your meal because you didn't come to listen to people rant about whatever the latest fabrications and delusions happen to be from the Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh or Red State conspiracy theory ideological echo chambers.

    January 10, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. al in memphis

    Money is the big factor so it's hard to decide," he said. "I want to beat Obama. Four and out!"
    ________________________________________________________________________________

    Well play him a game of checkers, basketball, bowling, your vote should be about who can provide the leadership as President. Iraq war has ended, Bin Laden is gone, the automobile industry has survived, credit care companies have different rules, health care (not perfect) but improved, insurance companies can no longer drop you because start using what you paid for, and economy is adding 200,000 jobs as oppose to losing 700,000 jobs.

    It's likely you wanted Obama out even before he took office- that's okay. Just be honest about it and honest with your vote

    January 10, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  4. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I have to say that the last person that Kurt Schelzel has some interesting choices he has narrowed it down to for today's primary. I don't agree with any of them.

    January 10, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I wonder if the topic that Mittens' dad was born in Mexico makes Mittens an anchor baby ever comes up?

    January 10, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |