Voters cite economy, healthcare as issues
With Florida having a history of being a key state, hundreds of people gathered outside of Miami Beach Senior High School to await their turn to vote in this year’s presidential election.
The economy, foreign policy and healthcare were among the issues on voters’ minds, but at least two Miami Beach voters disagreed on foreign policy.
Evan Ross, who will be voting in his second election and works for Miami-Dade Young Democrats, believed that foreign policy could be President Barack Obama’s biggest success during his first term.
“The killing of Osama bin Laden and overall decimation of al Qaeda has made our country and world safer,” said Ross. “Justice was finally delivered for thousands of American victims of September 11.”
But Republican entrepreneur Steve Shiekman thinks Obama is getting away with a lot when it comes to foreign policy.
“The mainstream media has avoided the entire Libya fiasco,” said Shiekman. “When the truth comes out, you will be able to see how incompetent the Obama administration really is on foreign policy.”
Martin Lavell, a 62-year-old teacher, believed that Obama is the best choice because he relates to the middle class, and he puts the people before himself. Lavell is also a supporter of Obamacare.
“I’m getting old and I was worried I wasn’t going to be able to pay for health insurance,” he said. “With Obamacare, I can retire at a more comfortable age because I know health insurance will be more affordable.”
For Mary Kalusin, her issue is the economy. The Miami Beach resident worked on Capitol Hill for two years as an administrative assistant to Sen. Richard Stone.
“I am a Democrat, but Obama promised to turn the economy around and he failed,” said Kalusin. “I think we need a true businessman who has experience in the private sector to dig us out of this hole.”