‘Give continuity to a good president’

At the First United Methodist Church of South MiamiPhotos by Beth Callahan

Social trumps fiscal concerns

Greg Kauffman was born into a Republican family and remained a loyal follower of the party until the presidency of George W. Bush in 2000, he said.

“I was mortified that George the second, who could barely finish a sentence, was running our country,” said Kauffman, owner of HaasKauf, a Miami architecture firm.  Kauffman said he was disillusioned and disappointed with Republican policies,  including immigration and abortion.

“They shouldn’t have their ideas shoved down others’ throats,” Kauffman said.

Kauffman, who voted at the First United Methodist Church of South Miami, said he worries about the Supreme Court’s future because aging justices could open up seats in the court for a new president to fill.  The court is already regarded as slightly conservative, he said.

“I can’t imagine the damage if the courts became even more conservative leaning,” said Kauffman. “I’m fiscally conservative, not socially conservative.”

Kauffman said his friends in Europe have confidence in America because of President Obama. They see him as a thoughtful and intelligent man. “He’s not a military hawk,” he said.

Manuel Diaz, a recent graduate of the University of Miami from Puerto Rico, agreed with Kauffman.

“It’s ignorant to block yourself in principles,” said Diaz, who also voted at the church. “The Democrats are open to other opinions and Republicans are narrower.”

Diaz said he wanted to give Obama another chance to do what he promised in his first term.  “He didn’t have the tools,” Diaz said. “We need to give continuity to a good president. If we change now, we’re going to start from zero with a guy who we don’t know will do a good job.”


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One response to “‘Give continuity to a good president’”

  1. Emily says:

    I enjoyed reading your story. Many Americans remain moderate when it comes to politics; they tend to agree with some issues from both parties. This makes it difficult to decide who voters want to select on their ballot. Kauffman is a great example. He calls himself fiscally conservative but not socially conservative. Kauffman is stating that he agrees with some Republican ideas and Democratic ideas. It was interesting to see which candidate Kauffman chose for this election. I interviewed a student that was also registered as a Republican but decided to vote for Obama based on his social policies. Great job!
    -Emily S.