American Voter: Tom Noll


US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling for the presidency in a sharply divided United States.

Trump has been specializing in “regulation and order”, Biden has been attempting to strike a conciliatory observe. The Black Lives Matter motion and whether or not Trump will launch his taxes are among the many many points People will think about when selecting their president.

Because the hotly contested election approaches, Al Jazeera has been chatting with voters throughout the US asking 9 questions to grasp who they’re supporting and why.

Tom Noll

Age: 67
Occupation: Retired machinist
Residence: Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania
Voted in 2016: Donald Trump
Will vote in 2020: Joe Biden
Prime election situation: Coronavirus pandemic

Will you vote? Why or why not?

“I at all times vote. I by no means miss any elections … The first was the primary one we did mail-in ballots, due to COVID-19. After I was 18 I began. My mother and father at all times (voted) and I at all times did, too.

“I can’t bear in mind ever lacking one until I used to be sick or one thing, however I don’t bear in mind ever lacking one. Even in native elections, when half the time there’s no one operating, I normally make it by means of to vote.”

What’s your primary situation?

“I’m a Democrat my entire life after which final election I voted Republican for Trump. I used to be uninterested in the Clintons and all that.

“This election I don’t know what I’d say the highest precedence can be. I hope they repair this COVID-19 factor. Certainly one of them has to do one thing, whoever will get in there.”

Who will you vote for?

“I used to be undecided, however now I’ve voted for Biden.”

Is there a predominant motive you selected your candidate?

“I had leaned in direction of Biden as a result of he’s an area man. And he’s in all probability the one Democrat that might beat Trump.

“I didn’t like a few of the stuff Trump was saying. 4 years in the past I voted for him, now I’m voting for Biden, it’s so simple as that. I believe Biden’s gonna win, but it surely’s gonna be an in depth election and something might occur.”

Are you pleased with the state of the nation?

“Aside from the pandemic, yeah.”

What would you wish to see change?

“I hope the Democrats or Republicans begin getting alongside and we get some payments handed for the individuals, as an alternative of at all times combating over so many issues. They’re at all times simply combating.

“The Democrats hate Trump and mainly that’s it, they don’t like him. They don’t need him in there. I don’t know. They gotta reside with it.”

“, quite a lot of presidents will not be favored after they are available … I’d wish to see extra cooperation with Congress and the Senate. It looks like actual fast they obtained together with this pandemic, and so they gave out that stimulus cash … However they didn’t get alongside actual nicely after that.”

Do you suppose the election will change something?

“I don’t suppose there’s gonna be a lot. I’m hoping there’s, however I don’t suppose there’s gonna be a lot. They’ve to vary the entire construction on the market in Washington. Get new individuals in there, new blood. They’re simply all power-hungry individuals. They’re all millionaires. I imply all of them. All of the congressmen. All of the presidents by means of historical past.”

What’s your greatest concern for the US?

“My quick concern is that this pandemic. I imply, it has the nation half shut down. They gotta hopefully get some form of vaccine or one thing, that’d be the quick concern.”

“As soon as individuals get settled down, as soon as individuals get again to work, it’ll clear up the opposite issues with the unemployment. And in addition the Black Lives Matter, you realize, [George Floyd] getting killed … They need to settle these race points and the COVID-19.”