I spent about five hours canvassing today in Laconia, NH. Mostly Obama supporters, with a few undecideds. A few people who said they did not want to vote this time. I asked why. The answer is that they felt disillusioned by both candidates. Really, I said. Do you care about pay equity? Do you care about women’s health issues? Do you have daughters, granddaughters, sisters, mothers, aunts, women friends? Are you a big fan of Mad Men as a real life experience? Do you want to go back to the 50′s?
One woman said well yes, she would reconsider. She seemed tired. I felt tired. I am tired of having to re-visit these old, ought-to-be settled issues. Another woman said she did not believe in abortion. I said neither do I, but I do not want someone else’s religious beliefs dictating the kind of health care or reproductive rights choices that are available to me, my daughters or anyone else!
An elderly gentleman said that he is supporting the President because he lived in Massachusetts during the Romney years. It’s not his state, and he did nothing good there, he said. He told me that during his four-year term, Romney spent more than 400 days away on vacation!
Tomorrow more canvassing and phone banks in the evening. And more stories as I find them.