Religion, gas prices, and beating Obama on the minds of Alabama voters
March 13th, 2012
01:22 PM ET
11 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. JustAO

    Elect Santorum as the GOP nominee and see how fast people run away from the GOP come November. Can't wait for this election to be over and all the crazy Teaparty/GOPs voted out of office so American won't be considered land of the stupids anymore.

    March 13, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  2. Jabroni75

    Keep telling yourself that Dean.

    So PRESIDENT Obama is the "main obstacle to recovery" by:

    -Saving the auto industry and therefore tens of thousands of jobs.
    -Ending the war in Iraq therefore saving hundreds of millions of dollars and thousands of lives.
    -Oil production and the amount of oil rigs off of Americas' coasts are at a a 60 year high bringing in needed income.
    -Passing healthcare reform so that families don't go bankrupt paying medical bills for "pre-existing conditions".
    -Introducing comprehensive job bills that the teabaggers blocked.
    -Wanting to upgrade the US's pre-historic infrastructure therefore creating thousands of jobs and helping to make inter-sate commerce more easier.

    etc. etc.

    What have the teabaggers done for the recovery?

    -Cut taxes for the rich so that the rich can hoard it and send jobs oversees.

    Dean, do you have air conditioning in that Fox News bubble you live in?

    March 13, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. NVa Native

    The tea-baggers crawled out of the shallow gene pool that is the south. And hate & fear is all they'll vote for.

    March 13, 2012 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "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!"

    You forgot "owns and controls all hoohoos and wombs."

    March 13, 2012 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. Luke

    When will the Republican Party explode into three groups; moderates, teapartiers and the religious zealots ?

    March 13, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  6. Satberry

    Two of the poorest states in the union thinking they have a say in who is president.Really are you people stupid.These states are controlled by white republicans.Wake up it's a class war.

    March 13, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. cali girl

    FYI to All in the south, President Obama has nothing to do with the price of gas. On 4/12/08 when Bush was in office even O'Reilley of Fox said that same montra. Check it out for all the info you can get your hands on. If you believe the 2.50 a gallon of gas from Grinch he is lying to you.

    March 13, 2012 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Majorities in both of these backwater swamps believe Obama is Mulsim and that evolution is fake. They are prime pickins for them thar Republicans. Mittens is eatin' vittles at the filin' station while Newter is playing the banjo with the Deliverance crowd. Santorum is preachin' at the local revival meetin' saying "Lawdy Lawdy. The time has come to rise up and smote this evil muslim" which the sheep say hallejulah. The GOP deserves these mental midgets

    March 13, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  9. TheHardTruth

    Hey, remember when Dems ran on the concept of Anybody But Bush back in '04? How did that work out? Also, what's going to happen when gas goes down? People are going to forget. Like people selectively forgetting that gas was at $4.50 in areas under the Bush administration.

    Also, I hate to tell you all, but if you don't like Obama, then you're going to hate Romney; they're one in the same. Thinking of Santorum? Yeah, good luck on that. Newt? Way to much baggage and the fact that he looks like a personification of a Wall st. fat cat (Yeah, I know Obama is funded by Goldman.). Ron Paul? Completely insane. Enjoy the next four years of Obama.

    March 13, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "So PRESIDENT Obama is the "main obstacle to recovery" by:"

    ...presiding over the creation of 4M jobs.

    Of course, if they don't simply ignore that verifiable fact, the haters will just say "it would've been even better if he just did everything the way the GOP/Teatrolls told him to and relied on magical unicorn ideology farts and economic pixie dust, but noooooo, he had to be uppity!!!!"

    March 13, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  11. Taylor

    For those to say get Obama out of the White House, what have this man done to you ? Everybody knows he is for the people. Its because of his color. If so you are little devils. To have that much hate in your heart. Then you talk about GOD.........You are not true to the word. Be careful who you vote for young people there goes your education, middle class there goes your jobs oversea and the old there goes your benefits to Wall Street. They are playing games and they will play games with your life. So if that what you want go for it................Beleive in Rick the Sick and Unfit Mitt. Just because you dont like a person because of their color. What a shame

    March 13, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. Marie MD

    Yes, because their god, the one and only, will help them defeat the unAmerican born, Muslim, socialist nazi communist ( take your pick because theyndont know a hoot about it since they don't see their religion pushing, do as I say and no reproductive rights for women as evil).
    If the people in AL are uneducated as in MS watch out because they feel things, like the economy. Don't have a clue, but they feel it.

    March 13, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. diridi

    Geeee, Rick santorum is a 3rd century idiot......o.k, He will never win the nomination. It is Mitt Romney, farmer, Gold Water. But lose like a hell with Obama....true, true, true...
    PS: Bain-Capital depicts on youtube, when mitt romney came to town...enjoy...

    March 13, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  14. Logic N LA

    I have respect for true Christians, but do these people think they are voting of one by slecting ANy of these candidates?
    The hate talk it takes to get them where they are. the lies they tell to get you to vote for them. and their voting records while in office negate every bit of them being "true" Christians. Are some better people than others? Definitely. But if that were the caes, everyone in the south would be voting for either Paul, romney or even Obama. Gingrich and Santorum are both far from people these voters say they want despite their rhetoric.

    March 13, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  15. DIANA

    LOL to Al-NY,NY.
    It's sad abd scary that when polled most of these people say religion plays a large part in who they want as President. They don't care that their bellies are empty or don't have a job, as long as the person worships the same God they do.

    March 13, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  16. Jabroni75

    Good point Sniffit. 4 million private sector jobs created and 24 consecutive months of job creation.

    Also, that snob Obama actually wants people to attend college. The nerve! College graduates earn 70% more than non-college graduates over their lifetime.

    Teabaggers want to keep reproducing stupid people to blindly vote for them. No wonder hey are against contraception.

    March 13, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  17. Dixie Independent voter

    TAYLOR– I like your style. Rick is Sick – Unfit Mitt. You could be making millions in the bumper sticker business.

    March 13, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. Wake up people

    What do you expect in Red neck land? Even the poorest of the poor don't want to see a black man as POTUS. They are so backward down there it's sad. Knowing a lot of people can benefit from his policies, yet they won't vote for him because half of him is black. Dumb, ignorant hicks. This comment is directed at the confederate flag flying hicks that are stuck in the 19th century, not the intelligent voter that votes for policy not color.

    March 13, 2012 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  19. Georgia Tee

    CNN, by assuming in your Headline that AL voters had something on their mind is a stretch..90% of teapublicans in AL can't spell OBAMA.....yet alone think for themselfs...they are still waiting for the south to rise again

    March 13, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  20. Tom

    Notice that not caring about America's economy isn't in the top three.

    March 13, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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