Honesty Trumps Policy
By Juliet Eilperin
NASHUA, N.H. -- Several voters here said they had just one criteria for their candidate of choice: honesty. For most of them, that means either John McCain or Barack Obama.
Nashua residents David Merrill -- a registered independent -- and his wife Rose Marie, a Democrat, said they're going for the candidates they see as least sullied by Washington. For David, that's McCain, and for Rose Marie, it's Obama.
"I think he's a very honest, upright man," Rose Marie Merrill said, adding that she might consider backing McCain, her husband's pick, in the general election. "I think he's honest -- and if he isn't, I'm going to pelt him," she said, laughing.
John Mihok, a registered Republican, was hoping to vote for Obama as well, because he sees him as "a very genuine and honest guy." But told an earlier vote as an independent didn't give him the chance to vote on the Democratic line, he opted for Rep. Ron Paul, "just because I like his stance on Iraq." Paul, he added, also seems like "a genuine, honest guy. For me, the big thing is being honest and genuine."
Still, Paul was a distant second choice for Mihok. "It's kind of a bummer," he said, as he left the polling station parking lot. "I wanted to vote for Obama."
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