Those who came out to hear Mitt Romney couldn't miss the colorful protest across the street from the Reno Ballroom. The protesters were an even dozen, not including the terrier with the "Dogs for Obama" sign around its neck.
It was 37 degrees outside when we met Shayteria Williams. Barely dressed for the chill, but holding a sign for hours. Her first protest…she hasn't been that political before. As she told us, "No I haven't...not too much." But she doesn't think Romney supports education. She's worried he would cut her student aid. She told us, "Funding may be cut, or the price of going to school may increase."
To her right, Alison Gaulden holds a sign in support of Planned Parenthood. She's heard Romney say he would eliminate that. Plus, the Obama economy has been good for her. "I'm doing quite well…my house is not underwater, I've been refinanced. I don't want anyone to mess that up. My taxes have gone down under President Obama."
Further down the line, Deb Drum wants affordable health care. She now pays $400 a month with a $2500 deductible. She told us, "The Affordable Care Act will help me. I don't mind paying a premium, but it has to be fair."
We also talked to Mary Ann Denham. She's a senior who thinks she'd lose some benefits under a Romney-Ryan administration. She told us, "I do not want anything taken away. And not only for myself, but for those that are coming behind me. I also have children."'
And we met Catana Barnes. She's a mother of 3, who's also worried about social services cutbacks from a Romney white house. "I'm disabled, and he would gut Medicaid, and I'm concerned that I would lose my medications and my health care in general."
That's not to say any of these things would happen, but it's what they believe. All are concerned about the threat to Planned Parenthood, and as we found, protesting for a different personal reason. All the protesters were local, except for one retired woman who traveled from Seattle to help the Obama campaign win in this battleground state.
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