Janna Ryan, right, walks alongside her husband Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, center, R-Wis., as he pulls his sons Charlie, front, and Sam in a wagon holding his daughter Liza’s hand on their way to the pumpkin patch at the Apple Holler farm, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 in Sturtevant, Wis. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — When the recession cost Jerry Krone his longtime accounting job several year ago, he turned to his hobby — making gourmet jam in his Fountainville kitchen. Now he’s a fixture at Doylestown’s weekly farmers market, selling his lilac jelly and rose petal jam for $4 and $8 a jar.
Ask him about the election, and he will tell you that neither President Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney truly understands what average families are going through. A registered Republican — but “that doesn’t really mean anything,” he said — the 58-year-old Krone voted for Obama in 2008, before his experience among the unemployed soured him.
Still, he is leaning toward voting for Obama again, but wants to see the president deliver a stellar performance in the remaining debates: “He can’t be so wimpy. He has to stop being nice.”
Across Bucks County over the weekend, people spilled into farmers markets and harvest festivals and fairs, celebrating a glorious fall day and talking about politics as well as pumpkins. More and more places in the United States are deep blue or red, but Bucks is not one of those; the county is politically eclectic, with some households divided into different political camps and plenty who say they are undecided. People were eager to discuss the aftermath of the debate and what to anticipate in the last month of the campaign.
And while jobs are a huge concern in this country north of Philadelphia, the recent unemployment numbers, which brought the jobless rate down to a level unseen since January 2009, did not impress.