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John Dealey. 26. Architect. Baltimore, Md. Independent.
John Dealey. 26. Architect. Baltimore, Md. Independent.

"Big interest funds most of our policy. We need to set in place some kind of overseeing where these policies are driven, how they’re driven, instead of having the pockets talk...Control the money factors that are going into making these decisions and realign with the American people." 

Paul Covert. 46. Police Officer. Frederick, Md. Democrat.
Paul Covert. 46. Police Officer. Frederick, Md. Democrat.

"They’d [Congress] rather get something on gridlock and just let it sit there and languish rather than having anything attached to their name. They’re just cowards. Nobody’s willing to stand up and say 'this is what I’m willing to do'. They sit there and test which way the wind blows and which way the money flows. The more money coming in on a side, guess what, that’s what they’re for."

Carol Craggette. 60. Teacher's Aide. Uniontown, Penn. Democrat.
Carol Craggette. 60. Teacher's Aide. Uniontown, Penn. Democrat.

"We have to take care of home and we need to take care of our children. Today’s kids are so young. Kids are taking care of kids… We need more parent participation so that we can get our children off the street."

Danny Swan, 27. Farmer. East Wheeling , W.V. Independent.
Danny Swan, 27. Farmer. East Wheeling , W.V. Independent.

"I want to see our political leaders standing out here with us, finding out, why is it that our tomato crop failed this year? What can they do to help us? Why is it that the local print shop had to lay off twelve people this year? All these little things are just things that affect individual dreams and lives. Come out here and learn about it, come off the ivory tower."

Derrick Terrell. 55. Unemployed. Columbus, Ohio. Independent.
Derrick Terrell. 55. Unemployed. Columbus, Ohio. Independent.

"We want better living wages. We want jobs. We want better domestic. We want to be able to send our kids to school. We want to be able to stay in our homes. I say that you guys [Congress] are up there to compromise. Sure, debate, but compromise. Every issue has an answer. You give up a little here, a little there — nobody can have it their own way. The way I see it right now, you guys are more about hate, anger, rage than you are about resolving the country."

Amish Oza. 36. Doctor. Columbus, Ohio. Democrat.
Amish Oza. 36. Doctor. Columbus, Ohio. Democrat.

"I want to see how the Affordable Care Act plays out....The initial concerns about the website not working and people not signing up have now gone away, and I think more and more people are signing up and it’s now working. I don’t think people give the president as much credit as he deserves for implementing this... I would say [to Congress], let President Obama do his job."

Gary Denton. 42. Truck Driver. Indianapolis, Ind. Independent.
Gary Denton. 42. Truck Driver. Indianapolis, Ind. Independent.

"A lot of my friends and stuff, started kind of nicknaming him 'King Obama' because he thinks he can just go in and sign whatever he wants- a bill- instead of having it go through Congress, and people are getting a little upset about that. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be in this country. That’s the one thing I would be upset about. Let the Congress do their job"

Jerry Angel. 34. Construction Worker. Indianapolis, Ind. Independent.
Jerry Angel. 34. Construction Worker. Indianapolis, Ind. Independent.

"It’s hard out here for a guy like me, who works every single day, hard, at a construction job, to make $40,000 a year, while somebody in Congress can make $200,000 a year, and not really do nothing compared to what I do. I feel like I build the communities every day out here and they’re sitting on their butts getting nothing done, really, and they’re taken care of a lot better than the average citizen."

Weldon Clark. 19. Student. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.
Weldon Clark. 19. Student. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.

"I would like to see homeless people helped out more, I would like to see just better inner city environments, better inner city programs, more after school programs for kids, so that they’re not necessarily on the streets and they have something to fall back on.... To Congress and Washington, just be fair and make it so that nobody’s left behind."

Richard Maloney. 35. Restaurant Cook. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.
Richard Maloney. 35. Restaurant Cook. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.

"I don’t think they’ll [Congress] ever understand what it’s like to live day to day like this, struggling here and there. It’s pretty bad out here. Jobs are really hard to find, down here where it looks like there’s a lot of opportunity — there’s really not." 

Vickie Bracken. 60. Housekeeper at Union Hospital. Independent. Terre Haute, Ind.
Vickie Bracken. 60. Housekeeper at Union Hospital. Independent. Terre Haute, Ind.

"...It’s the one in the middle that’s having to pay the price...I think that they [Congress] need to get out and see how much minimum wage is and see if they would rather be on government assistance or making $7.25 an hour. They don’t understand the middle class people that are making $10 an hour or $13 bucks an hour, trying to struggle our best. "

 Heather Lopez. 41. Church Worker. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.
Heather Lopez. 41. Church Worker. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.

"Congress is being held hostage by Mr. Obama and they’re also being held hostage by themselves because too many of the Republicans themselves have become neutered and too many of them are trying to play the middle of the aisle and what we really need is strong conservatism. We need a whole lot more Mr. Cruz’s and such...someone to really grab the bull by the horns, bring back the conservative leading America and just for crying out loud, be a man and fight."

Christian Sweatman. 23. Youth Education Analyst. Springfield, Ill. Independent
Christian Sweatman. 23. Youth Education Analyst. Springfield, Ill. Independent

"I would say to Congress and all politicians, just be responsible, just get your job done. That’s all we can ask for, that’s all we do as normal citizens, we just try to go out every day and work the best we can and as hard as we can, and if you do that things will get done."

Timothy Gonzalez. 52. Social Service Worker. Springfield, Ill. Republican.
Timothy Gonzalez. 52. Social Service Worker. Springfield, Ill. Republican.

"It’s a little tough to assess given that I think they’re [Congress] undermined from time to time depending on the president’s whims, but what criticism I would have is that far too often Republicans kind of kowtow to Democrats instead of sticking with what Republican principles need to be..."

Ravi Shree. 47. Manager of Finance Company. St. Louis, Mo. Independent.
Ravi Shree. 47. Manager of Finance Company. St. Louis, Mo. Independent.

"Congress is a big mess. They’re not doing anything... We need to build the future of this country, and if you want to build the future of this country, you need to focus on the Americans. You can’t build the future of the country unless you build the future of each and every individual. I would say, make your own home good first, before you go and guide others." 

Andrea Keltz. 19. Student. St. Louis, Mo. Democrat.
Andrea Keltz. 19. Student. St. Louis, Mo. Democrat.

"What’s most important to me is probably employment. That’s a big deal to me and I feel so blessed to be employed, even though it’s part time because if you can’t make an income, you can’t really survive."

Audrey Black. 46. St Louis, Mo. High School Counselor. Democrat.
Audrey Black. 46. St Louis, Mo. High School Counselor. Democrat.

"I want Congress and the president to make sure that police officers are doing what is right when it comes to just stopping people. Just making sure that they’re not just taking advantage of the situation because they’re an officer and the person is a civilian....I think they’re connection to us is going to make a difference in how they see us as people and how they treat us when they suspect we’ve done something wrong."

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John Dealey. 26. Architect. Baltimore, Md. Independent.
Paul Covert. 46. Police Officer. Frederick, Md. Democrat.
Carol Craggette. 60. Teacher's Aide. Uniontown, Penn. Democrat.
Danny Swan, 27. Farmer. East Wheeling , W.V. Independent.
Derrick Terrell. 55. Unemployed. Columbus, Ohio. Independent.
Amish Oza. 36. Doctor. Columbus, Ohio. Democrat.
Gary Denton. 42. Truck Driver. Indianapolis, Ind. Independent.
Jerry Angel. 34. Construction Worker. Indianapolis, Ind. Independent.
Weldon Clark. 19. Student. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.
Richard Maloney. 35. Restaurant Cook. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.
Vickie Bracken. 60. Housekeeper at Union Hospital. Independent. Terre Haute, Ind.
 Heather Lopez. 41. Church Worker. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.
Christian Sweatman. 23. Youth Education Analyst. Springfield, Ill. Independent
Timothy Gonzalez. 52. Social Service Worker. Springfield, Ill. Republican.
Ravi Shree. 47. Manager of Finance Company. St. Louis, Mo. Independent.
Andrea Keltz. 19. Student. St. Louis, Mo. Democrat.
Audrey Black. 46. St Louis, Mo. High School Counselor. Democrat.
John Dealey. 26. Architect. Baltimore, Md. Independent.

"Big interest funds most of our policy. We need to set in place some kind of overseeing where these policies are driven, how they’re driven, instead of having the pockets talk...Control the money factors that are going into making these decisions and realign with the American people." 

Paul Covert. 46. Police Officer. Frederick, Md. Democrat.

"They’d [Congress] rather get something on gridlock and just let it sit there and languish rather than having anything attached to their name. They’re just cowards. Nobody’s willing to stand up and say 'this is what I’m willing to do'. They sit there and test which way the wind blows and which way the money flows. The more money coming in on a side, guess what, that’s what they’re for."

Carol Craggette. 60. Teacher's Aide. Uniontown, Penn. Democrat.

"We have to take care of home and we need to take care of our children. Today’s kids are so young. Kids are taking care of kids… We need more parent participation so that we can get our children off the street."

Danny Swan, 27. Farmer. East Wheeling , W.V. Independent.

"I want to see our political leaders standing out here with us, finding out, why is it that our tomato crop failed this year? What can they do to help us? Why is it that the local print shop had to lay off twelve people this year? All these little things are just things that affect individual dreams and lives. Come out here and learn about it, come off the ivory tower."

Derrick Terrell. 55. Unemployed. Columbus, Ohio. Independent.

"We want better living wages. We want jobs. We want better domestic. We want to be able to send our kids to school. We want to be able to stay in our homes. I say that you guys [Congress] are up there to compromise. Sure, debate, but compromise. Every issue has an answer. You give up a little here, a little there — nobody can have it their own way. The way I see it right now, you guys are more about hate, anger, rage than you are about resolving the country."

Amish Oza. 36. Doctor. Columbus, Ohio. Democrat.

"I want to see how the Affordable Care Act plays out....The initial concerns about the website not working and people not signing up have now gone away, and I think more and more people are signing up and it’s now working. I don’t think people give the president as much credit as he deserves for implementing this... I would say [to Congress], let President Obama do his job."

Gary Denton. 42. Truck Driver. Indianapolis, Ind. Independent.

"A lot of my friends and stuff, started kind of nicknaming him 'King Obama' because he thinks he can just go in and sign whatever he wants- a bill- instead of having it go through Congress, and people are getting a little upset about that. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be in this country. That’s the one thing I would be upset about. Let the Congress do their job"

Jerry Angel. 34. Construction Worker. Indianapolis, Ind. Independent.

"It’s hard out here for a guy like me, who works every single day, hard, at a construction job, to make $40,000 a year, while somebody in Congress can make $200,000 a year, and not really do nothing compared to what I do. I feel like I build the communities every day out here and they’re sitting on their butts getting nothing done, really, and they’re taken care of a lot better than the average citizen."

Weldon Clark. 19. Student. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.

"I would like to see homeless people helped out more, I would like to see just better inner city environments, better inner city programs, more after school programs for kids, so that they’re not necessarily on the streets and they have something to fall back on.... To Congress and Washington, just be fair and make it so that nobody’s left behind."

Richard Maloney. 35. Restaurant Cook. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.

"I don’t think they’ll [Congress] ever understand what it’s like to live day to day like this, struggling here and there. It’s pretty bad out here. Jobs are really hard to find, down here where it looks like there’s a lot of opportunity — there’s really not." 

Vickie Bracken. 60. Housekeeper at Union Hospital. Independent. Terre Haute, Ind.

"...It’s the one in the middle that’s having to pay the price...I think that they [Congress] need to get out and see how much minimum wage is and see if they would rather be on government assistance or making $7.25 an hour. They don’t understand the middle class people that are making $10 an hour or $13 bucks an hour, trying to struggle our best. "

Heather Lopez. 41. Church Worker. Terre Haute, Ind. Independent.

"Congress is being held hostage by Mr. Obama and they’re also being held hostage by themselves because too many of the Republicans themselves have become neutered and too many of them are trying to play the middle of the aisle and what we really need is strong conservatism. We need a whole lot more Mr. Cruz’s and such...someone to really grab the bull by the horns, bring back the conservative leading America and just for crying out loud, be a man and fight."

Christian Sweatman. 23. Youth Education Analyst. Springfield, Ill. Independent

"I would say to Congress and all politicians, just be responsible, just get your job done. That’s all we can ask for, that’s all we do as normal citizens, we just try to go out every day and work the best we can and as hard as we can, and if you do that things will get done."

Timothy Gonzalez. 52. Social Service Worker. Springfield, Ill. Republican.

"It’s a little tough to assess given that I think they’re [Congress] undermined from time to time depending on the president’s whims, but what criticism I would have is that far too often Republicans kind of kowtow to Democrats instead of sticking with what Republican principles need to be..."

Ravi Shree. 47. Manager of Finance Company. St. Louis, Mo. Independent.

"Congress is a big mess. They’re not doing anything... We need to build the future of this country, and if you want to build the future of this country, you need to focus on the Americans. You can’t build the future of the country unless you build the future of each and every individual. I would say, make your own home good first, before you go and guide others." 

Andrea Keltz. 19. Student. St. Louis, Mo. Democrat.

"What’s most important to me is probably employment. That’s a big deal to me and I feel so blessed to be employed, even though it’s part time because if you can’t make an income, you can’t really survive."

Audrey Black. 46. St Louis, Mo. High School Counselor. Democrat.

"I want Congress and the president to make sure that police officers are doing what is right when it comes to just stopping people. Just making sure that they’re not just taking advantage of the situation because they’re an officer and the person is a civilian....I think they’re connection to us is going to make a difference in how they see us as people and how they treat us when they suspect we’ve done something wrong."

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