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Mercer: A swing voter explains his switch to Romney
The Corner News ^ | October 27, 2012 | Marsha Mercer

Posted on 10/27/2012 11:02:13 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

If Mitt Romney wins the White House, he can thank voters like Dayle Mauck of Fredericksburg, Va.

Mauck, 57, is a swing voter in a key battleground state. He voted for Barack Obama four years ago, but he’s backing Romney Nov. 6.

“My theory is Obama is a good man and he means well, but he and Congress just butt heads,” Mauck told me. “Romney has been in business. He knows what it’s like. I’m looking for who can get the economy rolling again.”

Political commentators toss around the slogan “it’s the economy.” Voters like Mauck live with it every day, and it’s not pretty. He’s a home builder — or was — until the recession hit. Today he’s a home improvement contractor, waiting and hoping for a turnaround.

“Four years ago, I had 40 employees; now I have one. Four years ago, I had an office; now it’s in my home. I love to build houses,” he said as he took a break from updating my bath. “I don’t mind home improvement, but I love to build houses.”

Mauck prospered during the housing boom — building 15 or 20 houses a year and doing framing contract work for larger builders. He was able to pay his two sons’ way through college. But he also knew the crazy-good times couldn’t last. He recalls a day when 17 clients sat in a sales office in Fredericksburg, all ready to buy townhouses.

When the bottom dropped out of the housing market, he had to tell his sons, “You’re on your own. Get a loan.”

“I’m a construction worker. I’m not a tech person,” he said. “And there are a lot of guys like me out here. A ton of them are out of business and the rest are just hanging on and hoping the economy comes back.”

Working 40 years in construction, Mauck is no stranger to economic downturns. When recession hit in the 1980s, he grabbed his tools and headed to Alaska for a few months. After that, he figured the Washington area was recession-proof but, he says, he was wrong.

White men without college degrees like Mauck back Romney over Obama 65 percent to 32 percent, according to the latest ABC News-Washington Post poll. Pollsters say this group more than any other has propelled Romney into a tight race with Obama on handling the economy.

“Those billions and billions in stimulus – they didn’t do anything as far as I can tell,” said Mauck, who thinks a billion or two should have gone to buy down mortgages so people could have stayed in their homes.

No fan of either political party, Mauck is an independent. Almost four in 10 voters now say they’re independents, up from 32 percent in 2008 and 30 percent in 2004. Self-described Democrats are 32 percent of the electorate, and self-described Republicans are 24 percent, according to the Pew Research Center.

But many who call say they’re independents vote the same party nearly every election. Mauck isn’t like that.

He gave his first presidential vote to Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1976, voted twice for Republican Ronald Reagan and then for George H. W. Bush. In 1992, Mauck thought Bill Clinton “the best and the brightest” and voted Democratic. In 1996, Mauck went with Republican Bob Dole. In 2000, he voted for Democrat Al Gore and in 2004 for Republican George W. Bush.

Four years ago, Mauck and his wife Tana, an elementary school teacher, helped Obama win Virginia and the White House. This time they’ll cancel out each other’s votes. Tana Mauck is sticking with Obama.

His friends at the Moose Lodge give him a hard time about voting for Obama, so “I just don’t mix politics and beer,” Dayle Mauck said.

He wishes he could still have good-natured political arguments, but when he and his buddies pile into his truck to go hunting, he has one rule — “no politics and no religion.”

And what does he make of the charge that Romney is so rich he can’t possibly understand the problems of people like Dayle Mauck?

“I never knew a poor guy to give a man a job,” he said, with a hint of a smile.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Politics
KEYWORDS: 2012swingvoters; economy; obama; recession; romney; va2012

1 posted on 10/27/2012 11:02:25 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Thanks for the vote Mr.Mauck but uncle obie is NOT a good man and he does NOT mean well. But we gladly accept the vote for Romney/Ryan.

Helping keep mankind warm for 65 years


2 posted on 10/27/2012 11:10:27 PM PDT by rktman
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“My theory is Obama is a good man and he means well, but he and Congress just butt heads,”

Complete and utter imbecile, but let's not tell him until week from Wednesday...

3 posted on 10/27/2012 11:11:25 PM PDT by mwilli20 (BO. Making communists proud all over the world.)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

This “good man” was watching 4 brave Americans DIE on LIVE TV and was probably pleasuring himself the whole time..there is NOTHING “good” about Barack Obama..he is pure evil


4 posted on 10/27/2012 11:16:02 PM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I have no sympathy for him. Anyone who voted for Obama in ‘08, for whatever reason, deserves extreme misfortune. So his business went to hell. Well, boo hoo. All the info about Obama was out there if anyone cared to do basic research before cassing the ballot.


5 posted on 10/27/2012 11:21:20 PM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
“I never knew a poor guy to give a man a job,” he said, with a hint of a smile.

This needs to be repeated again and again.

6 posted on 10/27/2012 11:40:30 PM PDT by paudio (4Bs: Big-bird, Binders, Bayonets, and... Bullshiter ! <= New 0bama's campaign slogan)
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To: rktman

“Thanks for the vote Mr.Mauck but uncle obie is NOT a good man and he does NOT mean well. But we gladly accept the vote for Romney/Ryan.”

I think it’s another case of “I didn’t want anyone to think I was a racist” syndrome.


7 posted on 10/28/2012 12:23:01 AM PDT by ari-freedom
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

“My theory is Obama is a good man and he means well, but he and Congress just butt heads,” Mauck told me.

...these are the kind of dumbasses we’re dealing with. This “good man” , means well” BS makes me want to puke. Every American needs a lesson in REAL American history and true economics.


8 posted on 10/28/2012 2:29:58 AM PDT by albie ("Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow." Benjamin Frankli)
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To: ari-freedom

Oddly, his action to prove he isn’t a racist will probably mean it’ll be a long time before another black American gets elected although I can name about five or ten I’d like to see as president right now


9 posted on 10/28/2012 3:49:02 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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To: rktman

Why would I thank an idiot swing voter who gave me this bag full of flaming dog poo on my doorstep to begin with.

If the fool had listened we wouldn’t be in the situation we are in now.

Now that the swing voter has discovered his mistake we are supposed to thank him?


10 posted on 10/28/2012 4:32:49 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

Nahh. I was just thanking him for the vote. Just because the wool has been lifted doesn’t excuse anybody from not doing their due diligence the first time around. Unfortunately I have relatives (should I disown them? They aren’t blood relatives.) that are still fools/fooled or coerced by union dolts to support this ssos. There’s always some that will never get it. You know, the kind that you show evidence to that someone has caused 4 Americans to die needlessly and they still drink the kool-aid. Guess we have a (sadly) new descriptive term available to us. When you are in dire need of help, you don’t get it, you’ve just been “bhengazied”. Or maybe better you’ve just been “obied”. Disgusted by the obfuscation on this whole matter.


11 posted on 10/28/2012 6:32:05 AM PDT by rktman
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To: ari-freedom

Also keep him from getting a visit from IRS if he is careful not to tell the truth about Obama.


12 posted on 10/28/2012 6:51:19 AM PDT by nclaurel
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To: rktman

We cannot disown relatives who refuse to Learn.

I suppose with relatives we have to look at it as a sickness, an illness, and keep loving them but remember their leanings and faults. We all have faults and thing we need forgiveness for.

Now as for Benghazi, An Admiral and a General already fired for wanting to do their duty.

That order to stand down had to come from Obama.No one else could have oredered such a thing. He let Americans die.
In fact the whole thing was being monitored so he either watched it or decided not to help and went off without watching it.

I cannot think of enough adjectives that are allowed here to voice my feelings about this sorry coward we have in the White House.


13 posted on 10/28/2012 6:54:12 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer

I chased my sorry kid brother’s whiny butt off my property and told him to stay gone. I caught him on Facebook talking about “teabaggers” with a bunch of liberals.


14 posted on 10/28/2012 7:01:04 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Venturer

I chased my sorry kid brother’s whiny butt off my property and told him to stay gone. I caught him on Facebook talking about “teabaggers” with a bunch of liberals.


15 posted on 10/28/2012 7:01:22 AM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Venturer

I hear you loud and clear. So disgusted that I’m almost speechless. Almost. MSM is so in bed with this clownmander-in-chief that they are complicit in this whole thing. Deeply saddened that we have (collectively) let this country sink to this point. Thanks lbj and the great society. And woodie wilson and fdr and teddy roosevelt etc..............

What’s really disgusting is that this clown is set for life and will stick his nose in everything once he leaves office and he’ll be placed on a pedestal just like the kennedy clowns.

Have a great day. Hope you’re not in Sandy’s path.


16 posted on 10/29/2012 6:00:59 AM PDT by rktman
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To: rktman

Right in the path.

I have everything battened down , I have a generator and my only worry is the Silver Maple in my front yard.I was going to get it trimmed when the leaves came off.


17 posted on 10/29/2012 9:38:55 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: paudio
"I never knew a poor guy to give a man a job".....

This needs to be repeated again and again.

Sean Hannity does so on a regular basis.

18 posted on 10/29/2012 9:44:46 AM PDT by Churchillspirit (9/11/2001. NEVER FORGET.)
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