Young, Worried, and Unsure - About Both Candidates
Megan Edwin graduated Phi Beta Kappa in political science. As a student, she had internships in local government and worked as a waitress to help pay tuition. She is poised, articulate - and after a year of job hunting, a tad desperate.
“I’d be happy to work at almost anything,” she said recently. “Much of the time, you apply and never hear back. I feel I’m talking to the wind.”
The 23-year-old, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Michigan’s Albion College last year, has posted her resume on websites, chatted up recruiters at a career fair and applied for jobs as far away as Boston and New Haven. So far she has had interviews for a secretarial job and a call center job. Neither panned out.
Edwin is the sort of voter Mitt Romney, the presumed Republican nominee for president, hopes to woo - the victim of a torpid economy that Romney blames on President Barack Obama. She lives in Lake Orion, Michigan, 16 miles from Romney’s childhood home in Bloomfield Hills.
Nonetheless, Edwin, who voted for Obama in 2008, is not tempted. “Am I comfortable with the direction the nation’s going in?” she asks. “No. It was a mess for Obama going in. But some things are better now. Having the Republicans back would be disastrous.”