Philadelphia voters' voices

Al Jazeera travels to one Pennsylvania city to find which candidate Democrats are backing.

    Hillary Clinton is hoping Pennsylvania voters will help her regain
    some of the ground she has lost to Barack Obama [Reuters]

    Democrats in the US state of Pennsylvania have been making their choice of presidential nominee to stand against John McCain, the presumptive Republican candidate.

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    Hillary Clinton is hoping for a sizeable victory to regain some of the ground she has lost to her rival Barack Obama.

    Al Jazeera spoke to voters in Philadelphia to find out who they were coming out to support.
    Danielle Flitter, student and intern, 21

    I voted for Barack Obama, I was very torn between the two candidates, and I went to both rallies, looked at both of them and felt that not only do his policies match what I'm looking for in a candidate but it was just the inspiration and the excitement of him, that he's bringing all the American people to come out and vote and to get excited about a new president and I had to support that.

    My overall hope is that whoever wins the primary will win overall and beat John McCain in the election in November, because both I think are strong and qualified.

    It's important that a Republican does not in and someone who will get us out of the war and fix the economy does get in. 

    Richard Roccato, 44, insurance worker 

    I voted for Obama, it was a tough decision but I think he's got a platform for change. I think Pennsylvania is going to be a tight election, but I think he has a good chance of winning overall.

    I'm more interested in economic policy than with some of the issues that are being talked about such as Iraq.

    I think that'll work it's way out by itself and I don't agree with Obama's policy that he's going to pull out immediately - I think it's unfeasible.

    I'm interested in his domestic agenda.

    Velva Corzen, college student, 47

    I voted for Obama, because he seems like he represents change and I feel that America is ready for change.

    I like what I hear in terms of what he plans on doing in terms of unemployment, healthcare issues, social security and schools, issues that I felt were important.

    I think he has a good chance of winning, I hope so, my hopes are that if elected he honours what he says he's going to do, a lot of times politicians make a lot of promises and don't keep them.

    I hope he will hold true to his promises, bring the guys back from Iraq and end the war [so we can] get on with our lives.

    Cynthia Lee, teacher, 50

    I'm voting for Hillary, as she has the most experience at international politics, national politics and human interest concerns.

    She has done a lot in helping her husband when he was in the White House as president, particularly in trying to initiate her health programme.

    So I feel she has more experience than Obama and hopefully will win the election.

    I absolutely think she'll win - my whole family – my 93-year-old mother, and my sister and family members all went out to vote for her, we all voted for Hillary.  

    I hope she will do what she says [if elected president] and I hope she will help the underdog in this country, we need someone who will help the middle class and lower middle class people in America.

    Kara Chickson, attorney, 32

    I voted for Obama, I think it's a generational election this year and I think we need new ideas and I think he'd bring those to us.

    I think some of the old style politics is a little tiring, and he seems to not play those games, and while I already knew his position on the Iraq war and I agree with it so it wasn't so much of an issue to me.

    I just thought that between he and senator Clinton, Ms Clinton is a little bit more of the old guard and I think we need to go with the new.

    Kyle Flood, urban planner, 27 

    I voted for Barack Obama for president, I feel like he is the more electable of the two Democrats, and I feel he fully represents change.

    I don't like the presidency to be like a dynastic position. I want a break from the past. I feel like the policies of the Bush administration have been terrible and I feel we need someone who is removed from that whole structure.

    Gay rights is a big concern in this area of Philadelphia and also healthcare, the economy and the war in Iraq.

    I hope in November for Obama to win, to remove our troops from Iraq and to remove the dollars we've been spending over there back to domestic priorities like housing and education and healthcare and put the economy back together.

    Franklin Bradley, retired, 60 

    I voted for Obama, I think because he stands for a change from the regular political process, I also think he's doing more in the field of healthcare and for young children in terms of education, and also I think he has a better vision for the type of changes that we need for jobs in the country.

    Also I think he would be more committed to bringing the troops home sooner and has a better idea of how we could probably have peace in the Middle East.

    Hopefully he''ll win today, although I think he'll run into problems in west Philadephia. I think he'll tie up Philadelphia and Pittsburgh though. I think it's going to be closer today than some people think.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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