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MN Caucuses: Voters' views

Posted at 9:30 PM on February 7, 2012 by Catharine Richert
Filed under: Politics

Our reporters have been talking to caucus-goers from all around the state tonight. Most are telling our team that they've headed out to the caucuses on this cold winter night because they feel like the stakes in this year's presidential election are just too high to stay at home.

Charlie Brewer, who spoke with Mark Zdechlik at a caucus site in Coon Rapids, was among them.

Brewer is reluctantly supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the straw poll because he's the most electable, Mark reports.

"I really feel like we don't have an ideal candidate but we can't keep sliding the way we're sliding," Brewer said. "It's just not acceptable to me."

Ole Laugeness of Moorhead is also supporting Mitt Romney "because he can beat Obama."

While Laugeness told MPR News reporter Dan Gunderson that all the candidates were strong, the most important thing is beating Obama.

Meanwhile, Steve Anderson, also of Moorhead, supports Ron Paul because "he has a better answer all around for the problems that are facing America right now."

Anderson said that foreign policy is a key issue for Anderson.

Ed Bird supported Rick Santorum at the Coon Rapids caucus because he's the most conservative of the bunch.

"I think he's absolutely got more conservative values," Bird said. "I think he's a good religious person, a strong person of conviction."

But Bird also worries that Santorum can't beat Obama.

"I think Romney could probably be elected as well as Santorum but I'm closer to Santorum in terms of his basic social values and what he wants to do as far as the economy," Bird said.

Meanwhile, Max Day threw his support behind Newt Gingrich in Coon Rapids because, despite his foibles, Gingrich his a known quantity.

"When Newt was in office he proved his conservative credentials and I know where he stands," Day told MPR News. "He's made a lot of mistakes in his life but he's tried to get those things right. You know, no nobody's perfect so it's a matter of which one is the best one and I don't trust Romney at all."

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Paul Tosto writes the Big Story Blog for MPR News. He joined the newsroom in 2008 after more than 20 years reporting on education, politics and the economy for news wires and newspapers across the country.

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