East Texans comment on Democratic divide

By Philippe Djegal - email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The polls aren't telling the whole story. Democrats' support for President Obama stands steady at 83-percent, according to the latest Gallup Daily Tracking Poll. But, on several key issues, Democrats seem to be at odds with the President.

Overall, liberal Democrat Troy Carlyle says that in trying to please everyone, President Obama is not making anyone happy. On healthcare, Carlyle gives President Obama a 'B' for effort. Candidate Obama said the public option was essential to healthcare reform. But, President Obama says differently.

"Whether we have it or don't have it is not the entirety of healthcare reform," said President Obama.

"The point of healthcare is to make sure that every American citizen gets healthcare," said Carlyle. "Without a public option, that's never going to happen."

"I don't understand fully the implications of it," said David Henderson, a moderate Democrat. "I'm not horrified by it. But, I don't know how it plays out in the midst of things."

"Healthcare? I would have to give him another 'F,'" said Adreona Reagan, a conservative Democrat.

In 2008, blue-dog Democrat Adreona Reagan was a state Democratic delegate that voted for Obama. However, she is disappointed by the President's job so far.

"The healthcare bill has nothing really to do with healthcare; it's about power, control and money," said Reagan.

Smith County Democratic Chairman David Henderson also gives President Obama a 'B' on healthcare, though, he says the President could have shown more leadership on the issue.

On Afghanistan...

"'A' for effort. Question mark for results," said Henderson.

"The more it seems to be turning into another Vietnam, the more of us are feeling that this is just not a good decision," said Carlyle.

Henderson supports the decision to surge American troops in Afghanistan.

"Some democrats are unhappy about it, but that's just the reality on the ground, is what Obama's facing, and I think he's made the correct decisions," said Henderson.

And, on gay rights, Carlyle, the founder of Tyler Area Gays will give the President Obama a 'B-'.

"Because I feel like his heart's in the right spot," said Carlyle. "But, I don't see him really campaigning like I was hoping he would."

Reagan is a social conservative.

"Just like he said, 'You can put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig,'" said Reagan. "He has the right to have his own opinion. He does not have the right to force that opinion on me."

According to the Gallup Daily Tracking Poll, President Obama's approval rating is 14-percent amongst Republicans. Overall, most polls show that his approval rating is slightly below 50-percent.

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