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Voters' Views: Andrea Economos

Republicans are gathering for their party convention in St Paul, Minnesota as the election campaign shifts up a gear.

Here eight Republican voters from across the US look ahead to the convention and reflect on the state of the party and their candidate John McCain.

Andrea Economos Full-time mother | Republican

McCain has demonstrated his deep commitment to America

Andrea Economos
Age: 51
Lives: New York
Occupation: Full-time mother
Last election voted:
In 10 words or fewer: Friendly, generous, fun-loving, disciplined, inquisitive and persistent

"Since 9/11 and the Iraq War, politics have become poisonous in the US. Opponents and supporters of the war became polarised, slinging accusations with an intensity not seen in decades.

Supporters of the Iraq war were ridiculed as frightened fools.

I am convinced that terrorism is a serious threat to the US. And since 9/11 I have become more concerned about the threat of militant Wahhabism emanating from Saudi Arabia.

I will be voting for McCain. I believe he is the candidate most capable of leading us out of Iraq without sacrificing gains achieved there thus far. Also, McCain has proven that he is comfortable working with Democrats and crossing party lines when it makes sense to do so.

At a minimum, any person running for president should have a deep and unambiguous respect for, and love of, this country. McCain has demonstrated his deep commitment to America.

Sarah Palin is a very surprising pick as running mate.

The more I learn about her, the more I am enthused. She has strong ethics, is not afraid to tackle the establishment, will hold the line on taxes and has first hand knowledge of energy policy.

Obama is brilliant but has actually done very little other than pursue his own career. I see him as a rather self-serving 'empty suit'.

The convention is key to reviving the party and capturing undecided voters.

I am enthused by this election but worried that people have lost faith in the Republicans."

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I that Andrea has hit the proverbial nail on the head. John McCain is a man of enormous strength and convictions. With Palin as his running mate, I see a team with extraordinary credentials, experience and integrity. I can't see how they can lose. Andrea should have added that the suit (Barack Obama) is very, very expensive.
Joe Bruschetti, Nerw Milford, CT USA

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