Mom-to-be didn’t want limits on lifestyle

Maggie Watson at the Biltmore HotelPhoto by Ingrid LaPadula

'To be honest, Romney scares me'

The Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables is known by its upscale clientele as a place to see and be seen. On Election Day, it was the place to go to cast your ballot for the next president.

Maggie Watson said she voted for President Obama.

“As a woman and a future mother, I don’t want the government to tell me how I’m supposed to live,” she said. “And to be quite honest, Romney scares me.”

But it was not a one-time issue for Watson. “It scares me how some  politicians  think it’s okay to tell people how to live their lives,” she said. “I’m young and I don’t want to regress 20 years and be treated like a second class citizen.”

Politics have changed in the past few years with the increase of technology, she said. “Now we want to do everything fast,” she said. “Everything is about instant gratification. People are just angry that they haven’t seen everything change fast enough.”

Some voters went to the wrong voting place. Alexia Torres said she expected to vote at the Biltmore.  She said her name was on the list there, yet poll workers told her she had to go to a place closer to her home. She was undaunted and determined to vote.

“It’s my civic duty,” she said.

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4 responses to “Mom-to-be didn’t want limits on lifestyle”

  1. Li Shen Koay says:

    The story takes a very interesting point of view of the issues that the candidates speak upon and the policies that they hope to put in place. Although the take on the election is excellent, it would have been nice to see a smoother transition from the first issue to voters going to the wrong place to vote. Overall very well done.

  2. Brittanyhickey says:

    I agree with Miss Watson. I think that she brought up a good point in her interview and you did an excellent job at picking the right quotes for this story. While this election was a tough one for me to decide on who to vote for, the woman’s rights were a big deal to me.

    I enjoyed the beginning of your story and the picture fits quite well with it, but the transition into the next voter was a lithe choppy. I found myself so engulfed in the story about Miss Watson that when you started talking about the other voter, I found myself confused.

    Other than that, I thought the story was very well written and you found a good first subject to start your story off with.

  3. Chris Costello says:

    I think this was a well written article, however as the two previous comments state, the transition from Maggie Watson to voters going to the wrong place was very abrupt. There was nothing there to ease the reader into it. Perhaps one or two transition sentences in between is all the remedy that problem needs. If you felt that would make your article too long, I think parts of Maggie Watson being quoted could easily be removed and that removal could possibly strengthen your story as certain statements she made were factually incorrect. “…I don’t want the government to tell me how to live,” in opposition with Romney is precisely incorrect because it is well documented that a fundamental belief of the republican party is smaller government, telling you less. While Obama’s policies may be more comforting to her future motherhood, they certainly do not grant her freedoms that Romney would have deprived her of. Omitting her mistake would only add to your credibility and still allow for the presentation of the ideas that Romney scares her and Obama needs more time to make his plans work.

  4. M Acuna says:

    This is probably my favorite character in the lot. Although the voters goingto another voting place was stark, she seems to sum up everything that I felt about the election, Romney is scary! She sounded lively and excited to vote. I think you interviewed this person very well and were able to aquire a good amount of information from your interview with Miss. Watson.