A small sliver of the voters will determine the outcome of a tight presidential race. Yahoo! News asked a handful of undecided voters to keep a running diary: What news stories and events are coloring their choices?
COMMENTARY | Checking in as an undecided voter over the past few months, I've studied the candidates through the Supreme Court's decision on health care reform, Romney's Olympics missteps, Obama's invisible chair, Ryan's tax plan rhetoric and Romney's missing tax filings, four fact-checked debates, and now the beginning of search and rescue and disaster relief following the devastation of Hurricane Sandy.
No room for politics
Plain-talking Republican Gov. Christie of New Jersey was full of praise for President Obama's handling of the emergency in the hours following initial surveillance of the storm damage. When asked about Romney's plans to tour the state Christie said, "I have no idea, nor am I the least bit concerned or interested. I have a job to do in New Jersey that is much bigger than presidential politics. I could care less about any of that stuff… If you think right now I give a damn about presidential politics, then you don't know me."
A senior Romney advisor, Kevin Madden, told reporters that Romney had spoken to the Republican governors of three affected states but had not spoken to any Democratic governors in the 10 other states. Much of the Northeastern seaboard is under water; people are trapped in their homes. Some 70 are known dead, at least four million are without power in New York and New Jersey, and Romney went to Ohio, where 151,000 have lost power.
Romney on FEMA
This contrasts markedly with videos of Romney yesterday. While giving a hand with supplies in a well-reported photo opportunity in Ohio (of all places), the former governor turned his back on reporters who asked 14 times about his earlier remarks in the Republican nomination debates saying he'd get rid of FEMA, the federal government disaster relief agency. A flip-flop has been performed today by the Romney camp, but I am not impressed and I am not buying. In my 50s now, I recall Katrina and I recognize manipulation of remarks.
Safely here out west, celebrating the San Francisco Giants World Series win, I send relief funds for my East Coast relatives. As they wave goodbye to the storm of the century, I wave goodbye to my undecided voter status. Romney is in over his head, just like the waters that flood our towns and cities.
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