With two months to go before the election, Yahoo! News asked a handful of undecided voters how they're leaning in the presidential race. Here's a perspective from one voter.
COMMENTARY | SAN FRANCISCO -- The U.S. Department of Labor website says Labor Day "is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country."
I was interested in seeing how the two presidential candidates spent their Labor Day after I put in my own long working day.
Romney's Labor Day
Does Romney have all the money in the world to spend? He was out on his boat by the $8 million mansion at New Hampshire's Lake Winnipesaukee (again) over the holiday weekend. He can run his own campaign however he wants. But a vacation extended through Labor Day strikes me as too relaxed while the current polls are pretty much running even. Yes, he can enjoy an uplift following the televised coverage during the Republican National Convention last week. Still, plenty of Americans, myself included, had to work over the three-day weekend...and we're the lucky ones.
Obama's Labor Day
I watched the news as Obama spoke energetically to a crowd of 3,000 in Toledo, Ohio on Labor Day, following a visit to people whose homes were destroyed in hurricane-struck Louisiana. But Obama must tell voters what he plans for his next term, not talking only about what he accomplished, or tried to, in his first term. The Democratic National Convention may provide that overdue opportunity.
It's the economy
Labor Day serves to remind us -- as if we needed a reminder -- of the number one issue in this election, the economy. I am astonished and resentful that Romney is on vacation. That behavior will not earn my vote while I am working two jobs.
Talk about hard work for little pay. Here in Northern California as the grapes hang heavy on the vines, laborers in the hot fields will be disproportionately Latino, as has been the case since the early 1940s. Latinos are currently 64 percent percent backing President Obama, according to today's polls. I am a white, middle-aged, self-employed female independent voter in San Francisco and I am seeing things the hard work way, not the Romney way, this Labor Day.
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