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Video: Floridians discuss what's at stake in the 2016 presidential election

No matter what the latest headlines or poll results might say, supporters of the two major parties' presidential candidates remain steadfast in their opinions of Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

At events last week in Safety Harbor and Lakeland, supporters spoke passionately about their candidates and what's at stake in the 2016 presidential election.

"The future of the country is at stake," Trump supporter Mike Allsopp, 64, of Lakeland, said at Trump's rally at Lakeland Linder Regional Airport on Wednesday.

"Our integrity as a people is at stake," said Clinton supporter Christopher Kerns, 59, of Safety Harbor. He was attending a rally with former President Bill Clinton, who spoke on his wife's behalf at the Safety Harbor Community Center on Oct. 11.

Small business owner and Trump supporter Andrew Foster, 28, believes, "If Hillary gets elected I can pretty much kiss my business goodbye."

Yet disabled Army veteran and Clinton supporter Danny Green, 55, believes there's, "nothing that Donald Trump can offer this country."

"I don't want all the Muslims and all the trash from different countries here," said Trump supporter Sue Pick, 79, of Plant City. She believes Trump will keep Florida safe for her children and grandchildren.

While Clinton supporter Sebastian Babis, 16, of Safety Harbor said he doesn't want to live in a country where his LGBT friends, Spanish friends and Muslim friends are not accepted.

Pick's daughter Kelley Ashley, 53, of Plant City had not registered to vote before this election. "Trump got me off the couch and into the polls," Ashley said.

"I don't want to see our children, raped, put down and robbed and pay more and more and more in taxes and can't feed their own kids while their feeding kids on welfare," Ashley said.

Clinton supporter Meghan Poole-Van Swol, 35, of Safety Harbor said she's also worried about what her three young children have witnessed during this election cycle.

"If we allow somebody to speak for us as a people that is going to use bigotry and misogyny and hatred as their language then that represents us," Poole-Van Swol said.

Contact Cherie Diez at Follow @cheriediez.

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Video: Floridians discuss what's at stake in the 2016 presidential election 10/17/16 [Last modified: Monday, October 17, 2016 5:33pm]
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