In the run up to the American presidential elections we will be asking a panel of voters - selected from as wide a cross-section of people as possible across the US - to share their views on the key issues.
Nancy O'Leary Pew
MEET THE PANEL
Name: Nancy O'Leary Pew
Lives: Seattle, Washington
Current voting intention: Democrat
In 10 words or less: "Concerned American wife, mother, grandmother, librarian, friend, neighbour, activist"
John Kerry's selection of John Edwards as running mate is the right choice.
Edwards will give Kerry the boost he needs to win the election.
John Edwards brings true strengths and a broad appeal to the Democratic presidential ticket.
An engaging speaker full of optimism and hope for the future, he brings a youthful energy, vitality and charisma to the campaign.
Having grown up in a Southern working class town as the son of a mill worker, he has an understanding of common folks and their struggles while having achieved success as a result of education and hard work.
A Kerry-Edwards administration will change the direction the US is taking at home and abroad.
Working together for the creation of jobs, healthcare for all, better and affordable education at all levels, protection of the environment and consideration of the interests of ordinary Americans, they will be a dynamic team leading America away from the disastrous policies of the current administration.
They will seek a dignified end to our involvement in Iraq and the "mending of fences" with the world community.
We need new leadership and a Kerry-Edwards team would be just the ticket.
While the democrats are certainly more favourable than the Bush-Cheney ticket, I feel as though a vote for Kerry is a bit of a compromise. I too wish I had your optimism, but there is simply no denying the fact that the democrat ticket has yet to renounce the entire project concerning our role in Iraq, which means our project to undermine national sovereignty and fertilize the soil of resentment that harbors the seeds of terrorism.
Neal Miller, Eugene, OR, USA
I agree with Nancy. I think this is a winning ticket! I know Kerry wants to be a great president and has all the credentials for it. Kerry and Edwards both truly care about doing what is right for this country and the people in it. I am tired of being lied to, manipulated and deceived by the current administration.
Eileen Hamilton, Scarborough, Maine, USA
Nancy's position sounds more like a Democratic party press release than anything else. We keep hearing words like 'youth and vitality' used to describe the Kerry/Edwards ticket, but one word missing from their vocabulary and campaign promises (as well as Ms Pew's regurgitation of everything they've said) is 'how'?
Alex, NC, USA
Ms Pew is too optimistic that Kerry/Edwards will do any better than Bush/Cheney. Edwards comes to the table with zero foreign policy experience, arguably the Democrats' weakest area of expertise.
Dimitri Colettis, Dallas, Texas USA
Nancy could write the bio for Edwards on the Kerry campaign website. Unfortunately, Kerry could have nominated a death row prison inmate and Nancy would have said the exact same thing... just simply because he's a Democrat.
Jenna, Harrisburg, IL USA
While I will most likely vote for Kerry - Edwards, I certainly don't share Nancy's overly rosy view of this potential administration. She seems to be reading straight from the DNC's website. I, for one, am not buying it -she seems to believe everything she reads. I am way too pessimistic to believe anything that comes from Terry McAuliffe (head of the DNC.
Steve, NYC, USA
While I like everything you say Nancy, I desperately wish it were true. I am certainly no fan of Bush, but Kerry is not so different from Bush and Edwards is even more like Bush. While I like to believe their environmental policies would be better than Bush's they would still not sign us up for the Kyoto protocol, which is barely a small initial step towards what we really need to do for our environment. I would also like to believe that they would pull us out of Iraq, but they would more likely send 40,000 new troops.
Hari Singh Khalsa, Espanola, New Mexico, USA
I disagree Senator Edwards is the right choice for the Democratic Party. Dick Gephardt is clearly more aligned with the party and has extensive knowledge in foreign policy. The ticket has chosen a presidential candidate who continues to wrestle openly with what side of an issue he stands on. Now it has chosen a VP hopeful with limited political experience. Do you really think Kerry picked Edwards?
Ron Garron, Plainville, Montana, USA
I agree with Nancy 100%. John Edwards is the true American story. Growing up the son of a mill worker father and shopkeeper/post office employee mother, Edwards has faced the things the average American has faced.
Brian, Tampa, Florida, USA