In the run up to the American presidential elections we have been asking a panel of voters to share their views on the key issues. Here they give their final opinion before election day.
MEET THE PANEL
Name: Neil Sherman
Lives: Germantown, Tennessee
Works: Retired naval officer, Presbyterian minister
Current voting intention: Formerly undecided, now Bush
In 10 words or less:
"Husband, father of six, grandfather of 17, soccer fan"
I have made a decision and since we have early voting in Tennessee I have already voted.
I cast my ballot for George Bush for president.
This was the most difficult decision I have made since I started voting in 1964.
Both candidates were less than desirable but in the end it came down to why I did not vote for John Kerry.
Security is a big issue for me. Kerry primarily lost my vote on his own Senate voting record on defence.
He has voted against virtually all defence bills. His record does not support his newfound "strong on defence" posture.
Also to infer that Great Britain is not an ally is wrong. Having worked with the British in the Navy, I can say that there is no greater ally of the US than Great Britain.
The French have never supported us and I doubt a Kerry presidency could bring them in.
I also did not like his selection of John Edwards as vice president.
Nor did I like the way both Kerry and Edwards referred to Dick Cheney's daughter.
Also there is no way he can fund his medical plan without a tremendous increase in taxes.
As someone on the verge of retirement, I cannot afford any more taxes.
Social Security will not be scrapped. It was not scrapped when Al Gore said it would be and I seriously doubt that it will under Bush.
One more issue: My wife is a small business owner. She produces jobs for this economy. Bush is friendlier towards small business. And, despite Kerry's opinion to the contrary, we are better off than we were four years ago.
There were many negatives for both candidates, and there are many issues with which I disagree with Bush but I think he is the better choice.
Having said this and having voted, I will fully support the winner.
Send us your comments on Neil's views using the form below.
"We are better off than we were four years ago". I'm happy for you and your wife. It's good to know that you thought about the rest of America that has been floundering the last four years. Unfortunately, it's far too common that Bush supporters only think of themselves when casting a vote and never the millions of Americans who suffer more and more every day because of the Bush economy.
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