Greensburg residents looking for answers from presidential candidates
Eyewitness has been going On the Road to see what's on the mind of voters this election year. Last week our Community Conversation took us to Greensburg where jobs and the economy were top of mind for many people.
Eyewitness News returned to Greensburg to find out what voters were hoping to hear during the first presidential debate.
The Honda plant in Greensburg employs 2,000 people, yet nearly one in ten people in the town of 11,000 remains jobless. That's a big concern for people like Patty McCullough who was still mulling over whether she'd even watch the debate.
McCullough said neither candidate had impressed her.
"I want to see someone who cares about the average Joe," she said. "It's fine to have tax cuts for the rich and all that but what about all those who are one paycheck from the street?"
Virginia Mulroney, who works at the Log Cabin Florist, said she planned to watch the debate and hoped to hear more about Social Security and health care. But she also noted her mind was pretty much made up.
"I just feel it's important to hear both sides," Mulroney said, adding, "I think we want to get busy, get back to work and improve a lot of different things in our lives and our country."
Mike Laybne, who just opened a new coffee shop on the square Wednesday morning, said he too was "leaning" toward a candidate, but "leaving it open" based on what he heard President Obama and Gov. Romney say Wednesday night.
As a small business owner he said, "Let's cut to the chase and talk to about how each of you are going to fulfill your promises. What is the plan? What is the plan for getting the nation into total recovery, if that's possible."
Heading into the Melody Mart, we asked Brad Douglas to sum up his feelings in a song. He began playing John Mellencamp's "Small Town."
Douglas has owned his small-town business for 11 years.
"I'm doing okay, but we struggle and if the average American or worker loses his job and income, it floats down to all the independent retailers," he said. "We need someone looking out for the working person, not just shareholders. Shareholders are important but don't forget the average working person."
Like many others planning to watch the debate, he said he'd be especially tuned in to questions on the economy.