"Obama seeks to score in a very red zone; Rural states like Ind. now in play" by Lisa Wangsness, Globe Staff | October 19, 2008
KNIGHTSTOWN, Ind. - Polls suggest Obama is making gains in the nation's countryside. In Indiana's Ninth Congressional District, which stretches along the southern part of the state bordering Kentucky, and where Kerry lost to President Bush by 19 points in 2004, recent polls have shown Obama running only two points behind John McCain. Another poll had McCain leading by just two points in Nevada's largely rural Second District.
Obama is also close to catching McCain in North Dakota, normally a staunchly Republican prairie state, and in parts of rural Ohio.
Dee Stark, 43, a secretary at a small college in Hanover, voted for Bush twice. But the bailout scared her. Where is all that money going to come from? she wondered. Trickle-down economics had always made sense to her, but now she finds herself agreeing with Obama that it's time to ask the wealthy to contribute more - and give the middle class a break.
"I never thought this before, but I just think the rich need to realize that they . . . need to step up and do more than the average Joe," she said as she loaded groceries into her car outside Kroger's supermarket in Madison.
In the last decade, the loss of manufacturing jobs has hit rural Indiana hard, and the recent economic slowdown has hurt the surviving companies. Ten years ago, Greg Burchett, a 38-year-old press operator at a tool and dye company in Batesville, could hardly get a day off because there was so much work. The other day he was sitting at
In Indiana's small towns, national chains have elbowed aside the mom-and-pop stores that sustained local economies for generations. Danny Jackson, who grew up in Versailles - a town of about 1,800 - and now owns the Yellow Dog Tavern & Eatery downtown, described the economic mood as sour.
"Our jobs have gone to Mexico, the Mexican population has moved here, the Japanese have taken over the auto industry, we're borrowing from China to keep the economy afloat, we're spending $10 billion a month on a war that most likely should have never been waged halfway around the world," he said, on a recent afternoon.
A veteran and former Bush supporter, he said he planned to vote for Obama this time because he thinks the Democrat is smarter, more visionary, and more even-tempered than his Republican rival.
But he isn't certain whether Obama can win Indiana. One obstacle, he said, is racism. Indiana is no longer the hotbed of racial vitriol that it was in the early 1900s, when it was home to more Klansmen than any other state. But Jackson said many locals he knows have openly told him they wouldn't vote for a black person.
There the agenda-pushing MSM go again, laying the groundwork for the steal:
"There would be a much wider spread in the polls if race were not an issue," he said. --more--"
I don't know about you, Americans, but I'm getting tired of the ZIONIST SUPREMACISTS of the AmeriKan MSM telling us we are all a bunch of racists because it AIN'T TRUE!!!
Strange how that video doesn't load and work now, either, huh, when the guy said that the idea that the rural voters are racist is a crock of shit??!!!