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Joblessness has some in Weldon weighing presidential choice

Posted October 8, 2012

— The unemployment rate in Halifax County has hovered around 14 percent for more than a year, so the economy is a main issue of concern for voters there as the presidential election approaches.

Although Halifax and neighboring Northampton County went for Barack Obama in 2008, some voters say they're considering backing Republican Mitt Romney in November instead to see if a change will get the economy moving again.

Weldon, Halifax County Frustrated Weldon voters turn to Romney

"I haven't decided yet," nonagenarian Mary Joyner, a lifelong Democrat, said of her choice for president. "I'd reckon you'd call it considering (a Romney vote)."

Joyner cited the former Massachusetts governor's business background and his personality as reasons she is wavering on her support for Obama.

Her son, however, remains staunchly behind the president, saying partisanship in Washington, D.C., is preventing the country from moving forward.

"I'm sticking with Obama," said Mike Joyner, 59. "I just think he's doing a good job. I think Congress is what our problem is."

Curry Roberts has a job designing websites and can support his family of four children, ages 3 to 14. Still, he worries about the economy and the drain of jobs as companies shift operations overseas.

"I know people personally who are drawing unemployment who will turn down jobs they're applying for because they aren't paying as much as unemployment," Roberts, 38, said.

Troy Price, 19, is preparing to cast his first vote for president, and he's already tuned in to the economic sentiment that has made North Carolina a swing state in the election.

"We already know the economy is in the gutter, and for the past few years, we had Democrats," Price said. "That hasn't been turning out so good, so I'm thinking maybe we should give Republicans a try."


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  • Cat22 Oct 9, 2012

    He didn't make it worse like his predecessor.

    "That means things won't improve until he is replaced. Simple logic."

    It also means it could get even worse if he is replaced. It works both ways.

  • lessismore Oct 9, 2012

    Cat22.....so you agree...Obama has done nothing to return jobs....they remain the same for the past 4 years.

  • lessismore Oct 9, 2012

    Cat22.....a good leader could improve conditions.... You say unemployment has stayed the same under Obama. That means things won't improve until he is replaced. Simple logic.

  • Cat22 Oct 9, 2012

    I can't see what they're whining about. Halifax County's unemployment rate went from 6.2% to 13.3% during the last 18 months of Bush's term. It's held pretty much steady since then. Why are they blaming Obama anyway? It was the LAST republican that got them in the mess they're in now. Now they want more of that?

  • pappybigtuna1 Oct 9, 2012

    the woman that made up the 5 trillion dollars tax hike on Romney story finally confessed, she does not know where she got that number, ask if she made it up and her responce was, that could have happened.

    Romney's tax return that was to save the Dem Party, nothing more is being said about it, because Romney paid Income Tax on the money he invested then paid an additional 14% tax on that money again as capital gains

    Even when these issue of truth the media will not touch it, why, what is their gain in a blanket do nothing wrong obama. People of the USA deserve it straight, we are paying for it

  • WooHoo2You Oct 9, 2012

    The double standards and deep denial these people live by is truly disturbing. Do as we say not as we do is their motto.-nowon_yuno

    You mean like Romney’s "record" in Mass vs what he is running on now? LOL ;)

  • WooHoo2You Oct 9, 2012

    WooHoo.... you defend blindlessly.....you don't even research the names I gave you....you just assume.-lessismore

    I did research the names. Every single 'article' you can find claiming any are part of the Muslim Brotherhood is a BLOG and makes very very very vague “connections” and assumptions with zero sources.

    Keep trying ;)

  • nowon_yuno Oct 9, 2012

    Arif Alikahn - Assistant Secretary for Policy Development

    Rashad Hussain - State Dept Special Envoy to Organization of Islamic Cooperation

    Mohamet Elibiary - Homeland Security Advisory Committee


    The lefties on here are more concerned with tax cheats, oh wait Obama's cabinet is full of those too, but Romney is the focus, is the bad guy. The double standards and deep denial these people live by is truly disturbing. Do as we say not as we do is their motto.

  • Tax Man Oct 9, 2012

    A change is needed - at the state level (Bye Bev) and at the federal level (Bye Barack). That is the only way we can get back on track!

  • nowon_yuno Oct 9, 2012

    Wow you mean things aren't getting better? B-b-but the unemployment numbers were down just last week biggest drop in 20 something years too. I love fiction!