"The Republican and Democratic parties are about attaching themselves to someone," explains Greener, an
It's no coincidence that black and Hispanic America issues get coverage, he notes. "The media speaks of coast to coast poll results. That means from
But when the counting's done . . .
When Presidential race dust settles, it'll be very close, predicts Greener. "It'll come down to the wire, with
Barbara Leach, president and founder of My Rural America, agrees that rural voters will decide this presidential election. Rural voters are worried about what she calls "kitchen table issues" — the war and the rural economic crisis — the worries that send their kids away (and subsequently their grandchildren) from home. "But kitchen table issues don't get heard in
She contends key issues are basic education and health care, and notes that rural Americans sacrifice disproportionately on health care and education. "Some 20% of
Currently, the energy level for change is much higher on the Democratic side, adds Greener. "Bringing new and younger people to the party is the thing that puts you over the top."
Who's done the best job of that so far? "They haven't come in for Hillary," he observes. "Republicans have done a bad job connecting with rural Americans, too."