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November 02, 2004

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The undecided voters finally had to climb down off the fence. Roe Green, 56, a foundation executive in suburban Aurora, was undecided until she went into her poll place at 12:30 p.m at Anna Marie Nursing Home. There was no line, she reports. She was done in ten minutes.

"I voted for Bush," she says. "Better the devil you know than the devil you don't know. I didn't like either candidate. I don't like Bush because he's a born-again Christian. Then, I saw a picture of Kerry with Clinton and Carter and I realized what I'd be electing if I voted for Kerry. I can't stand either one of those men.

"I feel that Bush might not be handling Iraq as well as he could, but we're in there now and we've got to finish it," she adds. "I was afraid that Kerry wouldn't finish it. I think he would have started a massive pull-out and things there would have become significantly worse, more so than they are now.

"Americans have to realize that Iraqis aren't going to end up with a Thomas Jefferson Khomeni," she says. "It's not going to happen. They're used to people telling them what to do. Hopefully we'll find someone strong enough, benevolent enough and someone who's on our side.

"I don't think American-style democracy will ever come to Iraq, Bahrain or any of the Middle Eastern countries," she adds. "Unfortunately something was started years ago that wasn't completed. Nothing would make me happier than to let them fight each other and pull out. But, I don't think that's the answer."

Another Ohioan who chose Bush today, after being undecided, was Frank Labmeier. In September, Labmeier, 85, a retired auto dealer from suburban Cincinnati, had "worried about Bush and his quagmire in Iraq," but "didn't think Kerry has the solution either."

"I finally figured out Kerry is a real light weight," he says. "Kerry's even worse than Bush. That was enough for me."

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