Thursday, November 4, 2004

Voters look to the future


Kerry backers support concession; Bush supporters optimistic for U.S.

By Dan Klepal
Enquirer staff writer

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Jennifer Purpora (left) of Hyde Park and her friend Melissa Scott of Eastgate watch as John Kerry conceded on TV Wednesday.
The Enquirer/CRAIG RUTTLE
Jennifer Purpora was suffering from an election hangover Wednesday, even though she wasn't drinking Tuesday night.

A volunteer for the John Kerry campaign, Purpora watched her candidate's concession speech Wednesday over sandwiches in O'Malley's in the Alley with co-workers, after staying up until the wee hours of the morning watching election results come in - or, in the case of Ohio, not come in.

Kerry's speech Wednesday was a little hair of the dog that made her feel better. "I've just got a sick feeling in me today," Purpora said. "But I needed to hear some hope and some optimism - a message that we need to keep going."

Melissa Scott could feel Purpora's pain. The 25-year-old Eastgate resident and Kerry supporter said many positives came out of this year's election - including her candidate's decision to give up the contest Wednesday afternoon.

"I'm very excited about the election because it gave us - especially people my age - a chance to see that every single vote really does count," Scott said. "But conceding today is the right thing to do. He knew the last thing the country needs is to have it dragged out and have a joke made of the election."

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In Mason, Cliff Woolfork said he believes Kerry gave up too soon. The 40-year-old mortgage banker said he didn't think the Democrat should have conceded before every vote was counted in Ohio.

"Don't get me wrong. I'm glad he did," Woolfork said, adding that now it's important for the country to come together like it did in the days and months after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

"We need to come together," he said. "Let the healing begin."

Greg Waller, a 42-year-old Crosby Township man, said he's looking forward to Bush's next term - to more tax cuts, and an end to fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"I believe if we can teach people about freedom, then maybe over time we can sway them and show them we're not evil," Waller said.

Anna Carl was more concerned about people of this country coming together, after a long and divisive political campaign.

"I'd like to think there is hope" of that, the 23-year-old senior at Raymond Walters College said.

Across the river in Northern Kentucky, voters said moral issues were a big reason they chose Bush. Morals also are why the state is becoming more conservative, said Maureen Manyet, a 66-year-old Fort Thomas woman.

"I hope we get back to some morals," said Manyet, a registered Republican. "That's one reason I voted for Bush. I believe our country is on a big slide right now, and I certainly hope we find peace in Iraq."

Where will the country go from here?

"Forward," predicted David Carnes, 55, a disabled Vietnam veteran who lives in Piner. He called himself a Democrat but said he voted a straight Republican ticket this year.

"I believe you're going to see a boost in the economy, and I think you're going to see a big retreat from the terrorists."

Staff writers Liz Oakes and Michael Rutledge contributed to this report. E-mail dklepal@enquirer.com




ELECTION 2004
Bush prevails at polls
George W. Bush's victory speech
Text of John Kerry's concession speech
What to watch for this term

OHIO
Election fuss gave Blackwell a boost
Intense 2008 election forecast for Ohio
All those visits to SW Ohio paid off for the president
Voters look to the future
Ohio seeks vote answers
Academic gains helped levy win, but Cincinnati must cut
Democrats now occupy three posts in county
5 Hamilton County school districts passed tax levies
Lakota cuts; Fairfield restores
Warren vote count was slow, others OK
Once and future prosecutor promises he'll clean up office

KENTUCKY
Despite some long lines, voting was mostly smooth
Kids vote just like adults
Republicans bask in victory
Pro-Kerry homework irks Mom

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