Romney declared as likely Republican candidate for 2012 election by Eugene locals
By Ainslie Forsum
As the presidential race nears, Eugene residents are following the debates and campaigns closely while determining which Republican candidate will end up as President Barack Obama’s competition.
During a brief survey of Friendly Area Neighborhood, the common opinion was that the former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney, would eventually become the Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential election.
“Romney will be elected. Perry’s being a joke, and I don’t even remember the women’s names,” Eva Promen said, a Eugene local who works at Uncommon Scents in the Meridian Center on Willamette Street.
“People know Romney. They know he’s got money, they know he’s got charisma, and that he’s run before and lost. The only person I can think of that would even have a possibility of [beating Obama] is McCain,” Promen said.
Prairie Cogburn, owner of Sattva Gallery, described Romney as the “most competent” Republican candidate and expressed her unhappiness with Obama’s current term as president.
“I feel like [Obama] is trying to be a crowd-pleaser. If he gets reelected, I don’t think he’s going to care what anybody thinks. He’s just going to get done what he needs to get done. It’s not going to be a popularity contest anymore,” Cogburn said.
“I’ve been saddened by [Obama’s] limitations. He’s having to play the game. He’s such a good team player that he’s almost playing too fairly,” Promen said.
This opinion is not felt in Eugene alone. Obama’s approval rating is the lowest it has been in three years, at 43 percent, according to the most recent Gallup poll.
According to Promen, although Romney will likely be the Republican candidate, “he’ll lose head-over-heels to Obama,” because “nobody is as strong.”
Eugene resident Harry Cardoza has a more positive outlook. “I think it’s going to take another five years before things really make a substantial turnaround. But I think things will get better under Romney. People don’t really change until they hit bottom and they realize they have to change. Then they go outside their comfort zone and they do some things to better themselves,” he said.
One thing is for certain: Eugene residents expect change after the upcoming election. Only time will tell which candidate will take on this task as the next president.