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The Undecideds: No regrets about Obama, but hardly any enthusiasm



Today marks one year since President Barack Obama took office. So how's he doing?

The St. Petersburg Times turned to a select group of Tampa Bay voters who had wrestled mightily with the choice of Sen. John McCain or Obama.

"The jury is still out. He inherited a mess, obviously,'' said 82-year-old Republican Donn Spegal of St. Petersburg. "Are the stimulus packages really the way to go? Well, everybody seemed to think so — Republicans and Democrats — though there's a lot of us old conservatives still gagging on that. I wish they were moving faster to rein in the financial industry, but they've got very good lobbyists."

Over the final three months of the 2008 presidential campaign, the Times convened a group of undecided voters in the biggest swing region of America's biggest swing state. In August, they started out very skeptical of Obama; in September, they were horrified by the choice of Sarah Palin as McCain's running mate; and ultimately, in late October, 10 out of 11 decided to vote for Obama.

Today no one regrets their vote; nor are they especially enthusiastic about Obama. (story here)


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:15pm]


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