What Michigan voters have to say about 2012 races

Associated Press Modified: November 6, 2012 at 5:30 pm •  Published: November 6, 2012
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— "I just don't see changing in the middle of the stream. Obama had a lot to deal with when he came into office. You can't change everything overnight," said William Mullins, 62, who said he was raised Republican but voted a straight Democratic ticket Tuesday.

— "I like his outlook on things," Neil Washburn, 25, a student/ bicycle mechanic from Traverse City, said of Romney. "The national debt is one of my deciding factors."

— "I think he's done a great job," Nancy Gray, 49, a community college English teacher from Traverse City, said of Obama. "I think he's an excellent work with the horrible mess he inherited. Romney is more interested in helping people who are rich, and not helping people, specifically, the poor."

— "I feel he's moved the country forward and really saved us from economic collapse and done most of what he said he was going to do," Mark Mitchell, 56, Traverse City, who works for nonprofit education consulting business and supported Obama.

— "I think he's a much better person," Gary Taelman, 62, said of Romney at a polling place in Grand Traverse County's Acme Township. "He has business experience, which I think is important. I don't think what's happening the last four years is where it should be."

— "I just think we need to stick up for good wages and equipment or tools that we need to perform our jobs. And it shouldn't come out of our personal funds," Dave Burkholder, 45, a plumber from Grand Traverse County's Acme Township, said of Proposal 2, a labor-backed proposal to guarantee union bargaining rights in the state constitution.

— "It puts the power in someone else's hands so they can take care of things without a lot of corruption," Dan Priebe, 29, of Grosse Pointe Woods, a student and movie projectionist, said of Proposal 1. He voted in favor of keeping the emergency manager law.

— "Mitt Romney is a better man for the job. I had enough of Obama. He's not a president. He's a joker ... Even with Bush, it was bad. But this guy made it worse," said Billy Paul, a 65-year-old retired railroad worker who showed up to the polls Tuesday to vote for the first time.

— "All he cares about is unions. I don't care about public assistance. I don't want it. I just want to work. But all he cares about are the unions — his buddies," said Peggy Paul, 62, who voted for Mitt Romney on Tuesday, and said the president spent too much time on health care reform and not enough time fixing the country's financial problems.

— "I don't think we've seen much happen at all in the past four years," said Erin Keem, 56, of Dearborn, a computer service manager. "I voted for Romney. I think he's got the business experience."

— "I think he's done a good job so far — but he still has a lot to do," James Fleming, 51, a diesel engine assembler from Dearborn, said of Obama.