Rick Morris, 56, a florist in Waseca, 60 miles south of the Twin Cities was undecided until today. "There's a large portion of people who think the important thing is to get rid of terrorism," he says. "For that, Bush is my man. The other group feel that the homeless, the poor, the destitute are the most important issue. Kerry's best at that."
Having voted for Bush in 2000 and for Clinton in 1996, he decided for Kerry because "I think we should be concentrating more on home issues now," he says. "They're being neglected.
"I support our troops in Iraq and hope that they come home soon," he elaborates. "I voted for Kerry's domestic plan, particularly it's focus on health care. It's been an issue that's sat on the table for way too long. It needs to be addressed."
Morriss voted at 7:30 this morning at an ice arena. He waited 25 minutes, "a long time to wait for here."
The economy didn't enter into his vote, he says. "My business is up, but it's not gangbusters," says Morriss, who has operated his flower shop for thirty-one years. "We're pretty insulated from the ripple effects of 9-11."