La Crosse residents ready to cast votes

Despite negative campaigning, some say primary is the most important in years

This past week, the La Crosse area has seen three presidential candidates visit with one more scheduled ahead of Tuesday’s primary.

With it being so late in the process, Wisconsin’s primary is usually just a formality.

But with the delegates up for grabs on both sides, La Crosse is getting an up-close look at many of the presidential candidates.

Despite the personal attacks launched by and against candidates, residents said this election could be our most important decision in many years

Rosie’s Cafe in La Crosse has many regular customers, but among the usual chatter at the tables Sunday morning, this week’s presidential primary is stirring up a lot of conversation.

“I’m a very conservative Republican … (and) right now I’m still confused, by Tuesday, I’ll be unconfused,” said Dick Weisbecker, La Crosse resident and Rosie’s Cafe regular.

“I’m supporting Bernie. I really am. I like him, I’ve liked him for a long time,” said La Crosse resident Ray Greene. “He’s never been a person that wavers. He means what he says and does what he says.”

Whether those in the restaurant are on the left or the right, these voters are frustrated by the lack of discussion on actual issues.

“It’s been so much focus on everything personal and backstabbing of people, and it’s hard for me to grasp what are the real issues they are going to be supporting for us as we go forward,” said La Crosse resident Mary Lella.

“The ads have gotten so dirty. Nothing really talks about what we, the voter, want to know,” said Greene.

“I’m 78, so I’ve been through a lot of elections, and I’ve never seen anything as bad as this one,” said Weisbeck. “No one seems to talk about the people, I mean they’re all talking about themselves.”

Despite the election’s negativity, voters know how important it is to cast their votes.

“You only have one vote, but there’s one, two … there’s eight of us here, all of a sudden that’s eight votes,” said Weisbecker. “Because that’s what makes us a democracy. That’s what sets us apart from other countries.”

Some of the biggest issues for voters include the rising debt, the economy, and  national defense.