October 29, 2012

Off the Trail: 'None of the above' appeals to the genuinely undecided

Despite a series of debates and months of TV ads some in Carrabassett Valley remain unsure about Obama, Romney.

By Bob Keyes bkeyes@pressherald.com
Staff Writer

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Surrounded by sports memorabilia in his Carrabassett Valley home, John Beaupre, 51, remains undecided about the presidential race: “I haven’t made the final decision.”

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Greg Roy owns a taxi business and a rug cleaning business in Carrabassett Valley.

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But he's not shy about his feelings, when asked.

"I'm a huge Obama supporter," said Peruffo, who worked as a builder before getting into real estate with his wife in 2008.

They have seen home sales plummet by about half in recent years, but he doesn't believe in Romney's solution for the country's economic problems.

"I'm not a believer in the trickle-down theory of the Republican Party," he said. "In my previous career as a builder, I built for an affluent clientele, and some people might say that's trickle down. But to me, it really wasn't. They were just satisfying their own lavish lifestyles."

He's fairly confident the economy is on its way back, and believes that Obama's policies have helped the recovery. He thinks the president deserves another term to give his policies more time.

He believes that most people in this town feel similarly. Recent history suggests his assessment is accurate. Obama outpolled McCain 2-to-1 in Carrabassett Valley in 2008. Across Franklin County, Obama won easily.

Regardless of the outcome, the one thing these guys agree on is that they will support the winner, and hope he can move the country forward out of the current political stagnation.

"I will support whichever man is elected, because they're our president. But it appears to me that there is a certain percentage of people, they don't respect that notion," Peruffo said. "It is the duty of the American citizens to support the president."

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