A Seattle resident working this month in Ohio takes time from a busy day at the office to answer a few questions about how it feels to be in the most watched battleground state in the country.
CLEVELAND — My friend Scott Phillips is a Ballard-based writer who also works for an insurance company in Seattle. This month he’s in Ohio to help process the claims of victims of Superstorm Sandy. He took the time from a busy day at the office to answer a few questions about how it feels to be in the eye of the electoral storm today.
Will: What’s it been like to listen to the radio or watch TV there? Has it been saturated with ads? How’s that feel as someone who’s visiting from a non-battleground state?
Scott: During the past few days, the political ads have really ramped up here. Almost every television ad is sponsored by the supporters of Romney or Obama, on almost every channel. I even heard from a co-worker that the Monday Night Football ads were all political, which seemed unsavory to all of us.
As someone from a non-battleground state, being in Ohio and witnessing the sheer volume of political ads here feels kind of insulting. It feels like my own vote is useless to my country, as both candidates are obviously dropping lots of campaign money in a limited number of places, and my home state is not one of those places.
Will: Have been people talked about the election with you? If so, what’s been the general tone of their talk? Excited? Burned out?
Scott: Few people here are talking about the election. Most of them are burned out by the ads, and just want this campaign to be done with so they can get on with their lives. One co-workers received a call last night from a Romney campaigner asking for her vote, and she hung up in disgust. Most people here feel like they are being manipulated for their vote only because they live in a swing state.