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? Cleveland |


| Cleveland ?

November 02, 2004


Believe it or not, there are still undecided voters to be found. A 23 year-old African-American security guard at a downtown building, who didn't want his name used, is still undecided this morning. In fact, he isn't sure he's going to vote at all.

"I voted for George Bush the last time, but I'm not sure I'm going to vote today," he says. "I don't think either Bush or Kerry are good for the country. With Bush, he decided to go into Iraq without U.N. consent. Kerry doesn't want to do anything with the troops there.

"Kerry says he's going to help the working man, but he's married to Ms. Heinz," he continues. "He says he's going to, but 90% of her company is overseas. He's being a hypocrite.

"George Bush is talking about his tax cuts," he says. "The tax cuts don't make any sense to me. It doesn't make any sense to be cutting taxes, when we've got the deficit."

He voted for Bush in 2000, while he was stationed in Okinawa with the Marine Corps.

At Anter's Tire and Auto in downtown Cleveland, Mark J. Tobiasz, 43. service manager, hasn't decided who he's going to vote for. It's 7:56 a.m.

"All my life I've voted Republican," says Tobiasz, who lives twenty-three miles south of the city in Brunswick. "But I'm fed up with the whole thing. I don't like the way the war was handled.

"I've worked downtown for 26 years," he says. "I see the homeless people. It was eight months ago that I was leaving downtown. When I got home, I saw Bush on the news declare that we must get to Mars. How many billions of dollars will it cost to get there? I'd just driven past four homeless people with shopping carts. That stuck with me.

"I've also been reading about the cuts in education," Tobiasz adds. "Why are we going to Mars when the Cleveland schools are in shambles? The buildings are falling apart. They're laying off teachers like crazy. When I read about sending money to build schools in Iraq, I think they should build the schools here.

"The problem with Kerry is that he's a Democrat," he continues. "I didn't vote for Clinton, but he wasn't that bad. The guy had a balanced budget. Now we're gazzillions in the hole. Somethnig isn't working right now.

"I might chicken out and vote Republican because I always have," he adds. "I'm not going to decide until I chose the curtain."

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