In the run up to the American presidential election 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: Linda Alston
Lives: Madison, Wisconsin
Works: Publications co-ordinator, currently unemployed
Current voting intention: Democrat
In 10 words or less:
"Intuitive and analytical, often right but not always"
On 2 November I will cast my vote for John Kerry because I feel that despite his obvious faults, he is the better man for the job.
Yes, Kerry has changed his stand on issues, but for the most part that's because he has the courage and the humility to admit his mistakes.
I'll vote for him because he's smart, well-educated, and intelligent. Many of Kerry's detractors fault him for that.
At the same time they admire Bush. My question is this: What do such warped values say about the people who adhere to them?
Do the American people really think George Bush should be the leader of the most powerful nation in the world?
Given the track record of his administration during his first term, does Bush actually deserve to be re-elected? Or, are we so blind we can't see that his administration have mired this country in war and global insecurity.
Frighteningly, a significant number of Americans are that simple-minded and that means trouble at the polls on election day.
If all newly registered voters are allowed to cast their votes fairly, John Kerry will be president of this country come next January.
A few of those may be Republicans, but I think the majority of them are people who are absolutely fed up with the incompetence of the Bush administration. At least that's what I hope.
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