One Undecided Voter's Take on the June Job Numbers

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Yahoo! asked voters who are undecided between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney to react to June's job numbers. Did the figures -- 80,000 jobs added last month -- push them toward either candidate? Here is one voter's perspective.

FIRST PERSON | I think I'm an unusual 40-something undecided voter because, in the past, I've voted for both of the men running for president this fall.

I voted for Barack Obama for president in 2008, and Mitt Romney for governor of Massachusetts in 2002. Neither candidate is likely to visit Springfield, Mass., where I live, so my decision will be based almost exclusively on what I see and hear from the campaigns and read in the news.

The news today wasn't good. June's job report was underwhelming, to say the least. As reported by the AP, the economy added only 80,000 jobs in June, the third straight month of weak growth. Unemployment was unchanged at 8.2 percent.

Weak reports like this hurt Obama's argument that he deserves another term. We all know Obama inherited a mess from his predecessor, but at some point the anemic recovery becomes his responsibility.

If the election were today, I think I'd give Obama a chance to finish what he started, but if these poor economic reports continue into fall, I can see myself voting for a Republican for president for the first time in my life in November.

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