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Voters' views: Jorge Caspary
In the run up to the American presidential election we asked a panel of voters to share their views and predictions. Here they give their reaction to the final result.

Jim Hill
Jim Hill:
Sudbury, Mass.

Gary Webb:
Sacramento, C'fornia

Jorge Caspary:
Tallahassee, Florida

Leslie Ramos:
New York, New York

Shankar Iyer
Shankar Iyer:
Fairfax, Virginia

Nancy O'Leary Pew
Nancy Pew:
Seattle, Washington

Neil Sherman
Neil Sherman:
Germantown, Tenn.

Chase Erwin
Chase Erwin:
Austin, Texas


Rhonda Buie:
San Diego, California

Corey Harrison:
Chicago, Illinois

Jorge Caspary

MEET THE PANEL
Name: Jorge Caspary
Age: 41
Lives: Tallahassee, Florida
Works: Civil engineer
Voted: Republican
In 10 words or less:
"Bolivian immigrant, geologist, father-of-three, moderate Republican"
Bush has been re-elected much to the media's surprise but not to mine.

I supported the president from the onset for reasons I stated previously.

In Tallahassee, voting went without flaws and we had record turnout. Except for minor glitches, Florida dismissed the ghosts of 2000.

Streets were filled with hundreds of partisans waving signs and blaring horns.

Bush won partly due to the efforts of the religious right to get entire families out to support and vote in droves.

Young Republicans were also very active in energising voters throughout my region and in smaller cities.

Our panel - Where they live

The effort paid off as Florida went overwhelmingly for Bush - which pleases me enormously.

Nationwide, the lesson is clear: a party must carry the South if it is to gain power, and the Democrats must work much harder in the South.

In the end, Bush, while not a perfect candidate, won based on his strong stances on defence, moral values, and grassroots efforts.

My hopes are for a second term that will attempt to heal the rift in our society and create a more conciliatory tone with our friends in Europe.

Also, it is likely that in the next four years most terrorists will be eliminated and have a less effective organisational structure.

On domestic issues, I expect Bush will appoint conservative judges to the numerous benches and initiate efforts to address healthcare and social security issues.

I want to thank the BBC for allowing me to participate and to those that have read our opinions.


Send us your comments on Jorge's views using the form below.

Your comments:

Is it really likely that most terrorists will have been eliminated in four years time? All I can see is that since Bush started his supposed war on terror, terrorist attacks have increased in their number and ferocity. But as usual, Americans know best, don't they.
Adrian Cardona, Naxxar, Malta

Jorge needs to join the real world. "It is likely that in the next four years most terrorists will be eliminated"? That did make me laugh, in a bone-chilling way. The experience of Spain, Northern Ireland, Russia, and many other countries still battling their own terrorists is that this will not happen. Still, nice to know that Jorge will presumably be voting against the Republicans next time when his dreams of a terrorist-free future are sadly unfulfilled.
Alan Simpson, Belfast, NI

"Bush won partly due to the efforts of the religious right to get entire families out to support and vote in droves." I think these views encapsulate how the election was won. For most Americans the rise of the religious right is deeply troubling. They are concerned more with the morality of minor issues such as gay marriage and abortion than the morality of invading Iraq under false pretences.
Kenny Simpson, Ithaca, NY, USA

It is a sad state of affairs when our friends in Europe do not understand morality. Sometimes what is "right" overrules the will of the people. The Middle East must be cleaned up, and if nobody else will do it, then the USA must. We will sacrifice our sons and daughters to this cause because it is right. Wake up Europe!
Joe Rieg, Ostrander, Ohio, USA

If President Bush has the ears of the religious right, then it is reasonable to conclude that he is saying and doing things that meet their approval. This pinpoints the very issue I have with the Bush administration. What about the rest of his constituents? We are Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, non-denominational, black, white, Latino, straight, gay, undecided. That is the beauty of America. We are different and allowed to pursue our different lifestyles. I do not support a president who uses his personal religious views to set policy, limiting our rights as Americans and excluding certain groups.
Monique Gonzales, Los Angeles, CA, USA

He is right on the money. Bush is good for America, and good for the world at large. He is a man of morals and integrity. A man of courage and strength. You can't get a better leader than one that will stand for what is right no matter what. No man is perfect but Bush stands for truth, family values, and a stronger America.
Valerie, Byron Center, MI, USA

I'm afraid there is no basis at all for the conclusion Mr Caspary draws when he states "in the next four years most terrorists will be eliminated and have a less effective organisational structure." Since Mr Bush's war on terror began terrorist attacks across the world increased. The situation in Iraq has become a recruiting sergeant for all fundamentalist Islamic terror groups and the unresolved Israeli - Palestinian situation can only lead to an increased feeling of injustice in the Islamic world. If Mr Bush's policies over the next four years continue in the same vein as the previous four, the only logical conclusion to draw is that terrorism will increase not decrease.
Mark, Ireland

I, too, hope that the next four years will involve the healing of the rift and am even beginning to be hopeful. Almost. But I'm also afraid, because many of the administration's previous efforts paint a picture of religiously-based "moral values" to which I cannot adhere. The moralists who define the US as a strictly Christian nation are inherently excluding me and many of the people I love. I will be pleased, Mr Caspary, to unite with the 'other half' when they are willing to accept that I, and law-abiding liberals with whom they happen to disagree, are Americans as well.
Shannon Krug, Salt Lake City, US

What is so very moral and Christian about needlessly killing thousands of innocent people under the banner of fighting a war on terror? I can't believe the US voters have fallen for Bush's hypocritical jingoistic rhetoric and are prepared to let him mismanage every aspect of US policy just because they see him as a moral saviour. I dread to think what will happen now Bush has virtually a free rein over politics and the courts.
James Carter, Colchester, UK

Terrorism eliminated in the next four years? This has been one the key cornerstones of the whole campaign. Unfortunately a majority of Americans obviously do not understand terrorism. It wasn't invented in September 2001, it has been around for years and will continue whilst there is repression and poverty around the world.
David Harper, London, UK

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