It's up to us. Do we vote for Obama or Romney to lead America for the next four years? Many voters in East Contra Costa apparently aren't too happy with the choice. A snap random survey indicated that six out of 10 said they will end up voting for the lesser of two evils.
Adrianne Blesser of Brentwood said she isn't sure who will get her vote. "I'm not satisfied with either Obama or Romney. I need to trust the man we elect as president. Right now I don't know who's telling the truth and who's lying. I need to sort it out."
Brentwood's Louise Albro feels the same. "I don't trust either one of them," she said. "Obama isn't doing enough to get the job market moving. Romney isn't down- to-earth enough to understand the average American. I'm also troubled by his stance on Medicare. Picking Paul Ryan as his running mate was bad. I have absolutely no confidence in him."
Allan Jones of Antioch said he'll probably vote defensively, against rather than for. "My main concern is about the far right gaining power. I possibly may vote for Obama, but my inclination is not to vote for either. I refuse to be a political party captive voter."
Anthony Kitchen of Oakley also feels it's a bad choice. "But I'm going with Romney as the lesser of two evils," he said. "The whole thing is a bad exercise in a corrupt system. We end up with nothing but crooked politicians."
Joseph Canada Jr. of Oakley agreed about the political system being
"I used to support Obama but he broke his promises," said Oakley's Ray McDonald. "I'll end up voting for the lesser of two evils or no one at all. I would have preferred to have Ron Paul on the ballot. Now I'll wait for the debates before I decide who to go with or whether to skip the presidential vote."
Donna Coletta of Antioch is a strong Obama backer. "I'm satisfied with how Obama has handled the presidency. He stands for everything I believe in," she said. "He cares about the have-nots and the middle class. The country's problems were caused by the Republicans who went on to prevent successful policies from fixing them."
Gary Ayers of Oakley is supportive of Romney. "He has the business experience to run this country. I watched what Obama did in his first term and I didn't like it," he said. "We need more morality in government and less dependency on government. We need fewer regulations."
Marty Martinez of Brentwood also says yes on Romney. "He's an experienced business man who seems to have a handle on how to bring the country back," he said. Then with a smile he added, "I have to admit there's a little anti-Obama in my coming vote."
Cindy Cohen of Antioch said the notion of the lesser of two evils is nonsense. "I'm satisfied with the choice. We have to go with what's available," she said. "I always vote because it's our American duty. No one has a right to complain if they don't vote. I'm not sure how I will vote on this one, but I will vote."
Contact Ed Arnow at BrentwoodBuzz@aol.com.