By Mark Soroka For the Herald-Standard
Published Fri Nov 04, 2016 2:15 AM EDT
The debates have passed, the rallies are nearly done and soon the voters will have the final say in the 2016 presidential race.
Both Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump are running neck and neck in what may turn out to be one of the closest elections in U.S. history. Public opinion is sharply divided about which candidate is best qualified to lead the country for the next four years, with some Fayette County voters still uncertain what they’ll do come Nov. 8.
“It’s hard to figure out what the candidates stand for when they are so concerned about trading insults,” said Robert Morris, 68, of Perryopolis. “They should be talking about issues such as health care and the economy.”
Political rhetoric has left Spenola Ammamoo, 38, of Ohiopyle disenchanted.
“Politicians don’t seem to be too concerned about the average American,” he said. “And that’s not what the Founding Fathers had in mind. We need to stop bickering and come together to solve problems. Too many Americans are looking for jobs and too many cities are experiencing racial strife.”
Uniontown resident Surritta Floyd is leaning toward Clinton because she’d like to see a woman elected president, but said she ultimately will cast a vote for the person she believes will better the lives of future generations.
“I hope that whoever is elected will watch out for Social Security and the cost of health care,” said Floyd, 76. “I also want to see our leaders get the deficit under control. It’s not fair that we leave such a huge national debt for our children and grandchildren.”
Katelyn Brice, a student at Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus, is also considering a vote for Clinton.
“While Trump is a good persuader, he doesn’t support the issues that are important for me,” the 18-year-old Uniontown woman said. “Hillary supports reproductive rights.
She also seems to know more about politics. It makes more sense to elect her as president.”
Lauren Esteban, also a student at Penn State Fayette, feels that Trump will make the best leader.
“I’m a veteran and I like the things I’m hearing from Trump about reforms for veterans,” said Esteban, 23, of McClellandtown. “I just don’t trust Hillary, especially after the way she handled the Benghazi terrorist attack. This election is very important and I hope people pay closer attention to the various issues.”
Lori Dascani, 52, of Connellsville believes that Trump is the right choice to lead the country over the next four years.
“Trump tells it like it is,” she said. “He wants to put America first, whether he is talking about keeping jobs in our country or safeguarding our borders. It’s about time that our leaders took care of Americans, rather than worrying about the rest of the world.”
And as the furor intensifies with only days left before the decision will be made, some are frustrated by the attacks that have nothing to do with the issues facing the American people.
“They are both crazy,” said Tina Welch. “Trump and Clinton are trying to cut each other down.”
The 44-year-old Brownsville woman said she wants to hear about the candidates’ proposals for health care and the future of Social Security.
“What will happen if the cost of Obamacare goes through the roof? What will happen if we run out of money for Social Security? Those issues really have me worried.”