At the rally Tuesday in Lakewood, Colo., for Paul Ryan, Romney’s V.P. pick, we talked to a woman who illustrates why the Obama re-election effort is struggling with voters in swing states such as Colorado.
She told us after the on-camera interview that she is a single, suburban professional who lives in Arapahoe County, a key battleground. Here’s the Q&A [see video above] as she walked into the Ryan event at Lakewood High School.
QUESTION: “Did you vote in 2008?”
ANSWER: “Yes, I did.”
Q: “Did you support, or vote for, Barack Obama?”
A: “I did.”
Q: “What are your thoughts about health care and where we are with the new Health Care Law?”
A: “I think that it’s going to be very problematic. I think that a lot of people are looking at it, as, especially on the Democratic side, they’re looking at it more as a helpful, [that] it’s going to be helpful for them but it’s actually going to be a tax increase, especially for people who have health insurance.”
Q: “Would you support paying additional taxes to pay for ObamaCare and other entitlement programs?
A: “No, I am not for entitlement programs. So, I think I pay enough as it is. Again, when I, you know, I work every day. I get up and I, you know, do what I have to do. And it seems like I’m paying for other people – to probably some people for not doing anything and then some people who are having problems. Some people do deserve some of the entitlement programs, but why should I as a taxpayer have to pay additional taxes for others?”
She told me afterward she had been a longtime registered Democrat, albeit a “moderate.” She said her disappointment with the Obama agenda of increased taxes and more entitlement spending led her to switch parties and register Republican.
I phoned her after the Ryan rally to ask what she thought. She described him as “dynamic” and described a mindset that – if pervasive among swing voters – could tip the presidential election in Colorado.
Ryan “got everyone enthusiastic about his and Mitt Romney’s plan to strengthen the middle class. It’s a real plan that calls for energy development, job training, entitlement reform, less regulations for small businesses, and 12 million new jobs. I know it won’t be easy, but I came out with new hope,” she said.