Religion, gas prices, and beating Obama on the minds of Alabama voters
March 13th, 2012
01:22 PM ET
3 years ago

Religion, gas prices, and beating Obama on the minds of Alabama voters

Gardendale, Alabama (CNN) - Faith, gas prices, and electability. Those are three of the issues very much on the minds of some voters in this town about ten miles north of Birmingham.

"Evangelical issues, social issues, were most important to us, but also beating Obama, that definitely matters as well," Alan and Kim Jerkins told CNN, as they left a polling station at the Gardendale Civic Center. The married couple had just voted in the state's Republican presidential primary. They said they cast ballots for former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, who has strong support with many social conservative voters.

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"Everybody's got baggage," said Teresa McGovern, who added that what mattered most to her was "the religious aspect of it as well, who feels one way or another about God, because that is important. A man is guided by his moral beliefs. I don't care what he says politically, morally he'll come through. So when i looked at that I ultimately had to go with who would get the job done, who had enough moxie to stand up."

McGovern said she voted for former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

"I voted for the man, not the party or the politics, " chimed in William Meek, who said he supported Santorum.

The economy, and soaring gas prices, as expected, were also top issues.

"The economy, gas prices, jobs, all of these issues are upmost on our minds," Jean and Elmer Moatte, who both voted for Santorum, told CNN.

"Jobs, gas prices, and beating Obama. That's what's most important to us," added Alta and Wes Stubert.

"The most important thing to me is the situation on gas and oil, to get the gas prices down, said James and Debbie Riethmaier.

And for some Republicans, defeating President Barack Obama in November's general election is by far mission number one.

"Get Obama out of the White House. We'll vote for which ever Republican candidate come November that we believe can beat him," proclaimed Gerry and Ed Woodman.


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soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Rudy NYC

    I wonder what percentage of those folks realize that every front runner has suggested that they would take immediate military action against Iran. Such a strike would almost certainly start another prolonged war, if not a World War.

    March 13, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  2. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    If faith is among the top 3 choosing preferences, then that should automatically disqualify Willard. According to some TEAvangelical Texan pastor, mormonism is a cult. As far as gas prices go, there is nothing any of these candidates can do that the President isn't already doing. If you're answer is drill baby drill, you're an idiot. As far as electibility goes, none of them are electable. You have a theocrat, a flip flopper and pathological adulterer.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    March 13, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  3. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    "Get Obama out of the White House. We'll vote for which ever Republican candidate come November that we believe can beat him," proclaimed Gerry and Ed Woodman
    ===========================================================================================

    Yes, there are MANY Americans that are with you on this! ABO, baby, ABO!!

    March 13, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. NVa Native

    The southern folks are beating themselves with their own ignorance. If President Obama gave them a free gasoline for a year they'd hate him for that too.
    In a land where facts and logic are ignored so that rumors and confusion can take it's place they are their own worst enemy. I saw a poll where almost 80% of the GOP in these regressive states "believes" President Obama is a Muslim?? Being that stupid is a choice.

    March 13, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Paul1st

    Religion, or at least the boundary between religion and public interests, is a valid election issue. Gas prices are a valid economic and election issue. Beat Obama? By itself, this is not a valid election issue.

    March 13, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  6. Jabroni75

    The US is exporting more oil than it is importing for the first time in six decades.

    The same people who are so scared of "sharia law" are the same ones who want a Chrisitan theocracy here in the US.

    The sickening Obama Derangement Syndrome has caused the teabaggers to become obsessed with defeating President Obama instead of analyzing issues that would help the country.

    Sad and pathetic.

    March 13, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  7. custer

    I am Catholic...I think Santorum is so far to thright he is ready to fall over...He does not, and should not represent a majority of Catholics...He is simply a fanatic in his own world....Additionally, he did not get re-elected to the Senate by a significant number of votes...He can dish it out, but he can't take it...

    March 13, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  8. Sad and Nutz

    At least they're honest about their priorities. They can't stand a Black President.

    March 13, 2012 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  9. curious

    What minds?

    March 13, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  10. Irma in North Carolina

    We all know that alabama and Mississippi are two very racist states in the US. If fact all of the southern states people are nothing but a bunch of racist.

    March 13, 2012 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  11. WireweirdinSF

    With his terrible record I can't believe Obozo is even running again, but I guess to the dope fogged welfare frauds and non taxpayers that have come to rely on him for their next score, that does not make any difference. Whatever their union thug bosses tell them.

    March 13, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  12. IndependentMom

    In the end, Americans will reelect President Obama. He is the only sane one.

    March 13, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  13. IndependentMom

    @custer: I agree with you. I too, am a Catholic, Santorum is on the fringe.

    March 13, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "The US is exporting more oil than it is importing for the first time in six decades.

    The same people who are so scared of "sharia law" are the same ones who want a Chrisitan theocracy here in the US.

    The sickening Obama Derangement Syndrome has caused the teabaggers to become obsessed with defeating President Obama instead of analyzing issues that would help the country.

    Sad and pathetic.
    ====

    Yeah, but he's brown, he's muslim, he's not natural born citizen, he's not "one of us," he's well spoken and doesnt' fit our sterotypes, he's highly educated and informed, he's scary and represents the shifting demographics of our country, etc. To most of these people: That. Cannot. Be. Tolerated.

    March 13, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  15. Dean

    To Jabroni75 – the teabaggers have analyzed the problems of the United States and have realized that the main obstacle in the recovery of the country is Obama and that once he and his policies are out of the way the country can start a real recovery.

    March 13, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  16. Lolo

    They need to quit lying like their candidates. I was born and raised in the south and the one thing that they do not tolerate is a person of color in charge. Heck most of the people in the south don't even know what is going on in the world, they are just that backwards in their way of living.

    March 13, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  17. Vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    a large percentage of Republican voters in 'Bama STILL think the president is either a Muslim and/or not born in this country. That is the educational mindset of parts of the South. The Democrats lost the South back when LBJ signed the voters act back in the 60's and the the educational level in many areas there has not increased since. Thus I am not surprised at what this article has to say. The candidates as you notice have done little to nothing to change these views.

    March 13, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    "Get Obama out of the White House. We'll vote for which ever Republican candidate come November that we believe can beat him," proclaimed Gerry and Ed Woodman
    **********************

    Too bad none of them can.

    March 13, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  19. Talkytalk

    The people interviewed in this article must have been ancient. Let's be truthful, women have not come a long way, instead of fighting for jobs, same pay, financial stability, respect, faith, women's main concern in life is about fighting for our government to pay for birth control and abortion. Today's women could care less about jobs, gas, religion or politics.

    March 13, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  20. Sniffit

    "With his terrible record I can't believe Obozo is even running again, but I guess to the dope fogged welfare frauds and non taxpayers that have come to rely on him for their next score, that does not make any difference. Whatever their union thug bosses tell them."

    There are so many self-contradictory concepts in that talking point word salad you just barfed on this website that I don't even know where to start. They're all union and therefore getting what you would claim is unnaturally high pay beacuse of their "thuggery" and yet they're still on welfare? The unemployment rate is what you would call catastrophic for so many honest 'Murkin families who are out of work through no fault of their own, and yet they're all "dope fogged welfare frauds and non-taxpayers"? You need to go back to the drawing board and get your schtick straight instead of just trying to vomit up every talking point you've ever heard in a couple sentences.

    March 13, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  21. anagram_kid

    So let me get this straight, they want a president that controls the price of gas, guarantees them a job and tells people what God to believe in? Yep, sounds like smaller government to me!

    March 13, 2012 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  22. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    I wonder what percentage of those folks realize that every front runner has suggested that they would take immediate military action against Iran. Such a strike would almost certainly start another prolonged war, if not a World War.

    ------------------------------------------------–

    They believe it's their job to usher in the end times on December 21, so it all makes perfect sense to them.

    March 13, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Independent Voters

    Everybody know how racist Ala and Missi and democrat know that they want win the racist states.
    I feel sorry for the minorities in the south.

    March 13, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. anagram_kid

    WireweirdinSF,
    I will wager what you really cannot believe (and accept) is that a black man is more accomplished than you. Get over it and stop blaming others for your unhappiness.

    March 13, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    ""Get Obama out of the White House. We'll vote for which ever Republican candidate come November that we believe can beat him," proclaimed Gerry and Ed Woodman
    **********************

    Too bad none of them can."

    ========

    Yeah, but he asid believe and these are GOPers/Teatrolls...they'll BELIEVE anything (trickle down death panel kenyan born muslim with a fake birth certificate atx cuts will balance the budget by raising revenue say what?).

    March 13, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
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