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Voters' Views: Jason Rodriguez

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 presumptive nominee John McCain.

Jason Rodriguez Lawyer | Republican

This election is significant because the candidates have sharply opposing views on key issues

Jason Rodriguez
Age: 26
Lives: Dallas, Texas
Occupation: Lawyer
Last election voted:
In 10 words or fewer: Young attorney with a conservative and world view on politics

"Going into the conventions I would like to see a clear platform on the issues of the economy and energy and a unifying strategy for the war.

We need a long-term goal to move away from foreign oil and toward renewable resources.

When I think about Senator McCain my first thought is that he has a lot of experience which makes him a strong candidate.

He speaks well and has shown himself to have a broad appeal.

I'm not sure that he will be able to bring in the religious right, however I think his message will fare better with independents because of that.

McCain's choice of running mate, Sarah Palin, is an unknown to me. But it will be interesting to see how this plays out with former Hillary Clinton supporters.

As far as Senator Obama is concerned, I think the mainstream media will continue to treat him as a celebrity. It is too soon to know how this will play out. And it means McCain can continue to argue that Obama is all show and no content.

I am very excited about the coming election. It will be significant because the candidates have sharply opposing views on key issues from the economy to Iraq to healthcare.

On these issues McCain is in the right. He is correct to suggest a gradual withdrawal from Iraq rather than an immediate pullout. On healthcare, I support McCain's plan to ensure that health insurance can be provided through small business.

And I support McCain's plans to lower corporate taxes rather than raise them."

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