The backdrop of the Churchill Neighborhood was rather gloomy. There were a few cars scattered within the parking lot, most of them being construction trucks. A few neon OPEN signs welcomed customers while other signs posted that the business was unfortunately closed until further notice.
Across the street from the lonely plaza there were bunches of kids taking part in Saturday morning soccer games. Mothers and fathers bundled in jackets, hats, and blankets.
Personal thoughts on the upcoming republican candidates seemed to match the gloomy day. The employees of the few stores that were still open were uninformed or had no opinion on the possible candidates. Diane Little, Owner of Oasis Pet Salon said, “I don’t have a good feeling about any of the candidates. I voted for Obama last election, but I don’t really like him either. I have to educate myself on the candidates and their opinions on certain issues.”
A mother of two and resident of the Churchill area, Jean K. was the most opinionated about the subject “All three (Romney, Cain & Paul) are absolutely crazy! They’re just so far out there. I’m sure they appeal to someone, but I don’t know who would support them.” She continued, “If I had to choose, which I’m certainly glad is NOT the case, I would probably choose Romney. He’s the one I know the most about and whom I’ve heard talk about the issues, but that’s one hell of a scary thought. I hope their chances are very low. The other side ain’t much better, but at least the democrats think about the majority of the people.”
Another mother bundled up in her minivan only exiting to sell the occasional soccer jersey, Jeanne Anderson, said “I’m not very familiar with Cain or Romney. Ron Paul has the best chance to win [the Republican Primary] of the three. But his chances of beating Obama are minimal.”
Down the road at the Churchill Estates Retirement Community the atmosphere was a bit more friendly but still there was not much to be said about the candidates. Sharon Williams the receptionist said, “I just haven’t been following politics at all. I’ve been busy working.” Outside on a break a nurse who wished to stay anonymous said, “I don’t follow politics at all. I figure whoever gets the votes earns it, and then God help us all.”
A gentleman walking his dog at the Churchill High School seemed to be the only one who had a firm stance, “Mitt Romney has the best chance to win of the three. Ron Paul doesn’t get widespread support like the others, though I do like him. Romney appeals to a broader spectrum of republicans. But I don’t think he can beat Obama in the 2012 election” he said. He also wished to remain anonymous.