Economy, electability matter most for some Michigan voters
February 28th, 2012
03:43 PM ET
2 years ago

Economy, electability matter most for some Michigan voters

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (CNN) - It's all about the economy, and Republicans want a nominee who can beat President Barack Obama come November.

That's what you hear from voters in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, who were casting ballots Tuesday in the state's GOP presidential primary.

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"I wanted to vote for the candidate who I thought had the best chance of beating President Obama," said James McCann.

"I'm making sure that there's a nominee going up against Obama that has a potential to win," added Greg Miller, "I'm looking for a winner who can take on Obama in November."

While electability is important, the economy is the top issue on the minds of voters in this suburban Detroit town.

"Economy, jobs, health care," said Bobbi Polk, when asked to list the issues that mattered most to her vote.

Paul Tosch said "the economy, and what needs to be done to turn it around" was most important to him.

"The economy. I think that getting back to some form of capitalism makes a lot of sense," added Jay Ferron.

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney grew up in Bloomfield Hills, and most of the voters CNN spoke with said they were backing him.

"The economy, that's most important to me, but the candidate that I voted for also has the best experience to be able to turn around the economy, and that's Mitt Romney. So for me it's a win, win," added McCann.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Durundal

    "getting back to some form of capitalism" ..... Are you freakin kidding me?!? what, do you think the hamsters that power the market have gone on sabbatical? People like this need to be smacked upside the head with an economics textbook, otherwise they will continue to voice idiocy. Another dimwit casting a vote on things they simply do not comprehend

    February 28, 2012 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  2. A Southern Lady - North Carolina

    As a former Republican, electability is a big problem. There is Mitt Romney, a good man who has been forced to become someone he is not to appeal to the Tea Partiers that now control the Party. Santorum who is such a religious fanatic and a total nut case that he scares many voters. Gingrich, a man without principal and has the morals of an ally cat and Ron Paul, everyone's crazy uncle. How can any intelligent, educated and clear-thinking person vote for any of these candidates? Really sad.

    February 28, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  3. arale norimaki

    Santorum is in the wrong field.

    Rick Santorum is the anti-gay, anti-abortion anti-womyn, anti-science. Who is running on these social issues. Never mind health reform or jobs. Or anything important or non-discriminatory, for that matter.

    February 28, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  4. Wake up people

    What do you expect from one of the wealthiest cities in Michigan. Once again, it's all about beating President Obama.

    February 28, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Tired of republican lies

    None of these buffoons on the republican side are not electable!

    February 28, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Independent in NC

    @A Southern Lady in NC from another Southern Lady, you are so right it is really sad.

    February 28, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  7. Texas Doc

    Electability? Not so good I hear. Economy? The GOP give it all to the rich and hope they give some back plan? Not so popular I hear. Let's face it, the GOP only represents a dying fraction of the American electorate. Good luck with that!

    February 28, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. Mike B.

    "Ron Paul, everyone's crazy uncle" Only if you want to believe the image that has been intentionally painted of him. He really isnt crazy, he's just not afraid to say what he really thinks and to take a legit different approach.

    February 28, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  9. cali girl

    'nuf said. You think Bloomfield Hills folks are a little worried about their country club membership? Thank you ladies from NC, you took the words right out of my mouth :-/

    February 28, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |