Katie Morgan, a Romney supporter, gained experience within the Republican Party while working as a staff assistant in the office of U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. The presidential election is critical, she said, because the winner will set the national agenda for the next four years.
Morgan voted for Romney because of his business experience. She said she agrees with Romney's stance on a number of issues, including fiscal policy.
Marilee and Charles Monnot, both Obama supporters, said the outcome of the presidential election will have a grave impact for the country and the world. The two travel overseas extensively, Marilee Monnot said, and from what they've seen, Obama enjoys great respect abroad.
Romney voter Herb Mee called the presidential race “the most important election ever.” Mee described Obama as the worst president the nation has seen, and said he suspects the president isn't a U.S. citizen.
Mee said he sees Romney as a highly qualified candidate, while he thinks Obama comes from “a socialist, communist background” and is actively working to destroy the country.
Richard Clements, a Romney voter, said he initially supported the former Massachusetts governor out of a desire to vote against Obama. But as the campaign has progressed, he said, he's become more excited about Romney's platform.
Clements said he's disappointed in the direction the country has taken. He's concerned that the growth of the federal government leaves little room for private enterprise, he said.
JoAnn Dudley, also a Romney voter, said this year's election is especially important since the next president could appoint as many as three new justices to the U.S. Supreme Court, leaving an impact that lasts years after that president has left office. Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy and Ruth Bader Ginsburg will all turn 80 within the next four years.
Dudley said she's also concerned with the size of the federal government under the Obama administration.
“I think Washington is the big problem,” she said.