October 7, 2012
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Cynthia Kopp and her dog Aires wait for customers at a farmers market, Saturday Oct. 6, 2012, in Doylestown Pa. Kopp, 56, lost her accounting job in the recession and now works part-time as a supermarket cashier and comes to the farmers market each week to sell $5 bags of her gourmet dog biscuits. “If Aries could vote he would vote for Romney,” Kopp said. “Because mommy needs a job and she thinks Romney is the only candidate that could help get her one.”

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Jerry Krone, owner of Bucks County Preserves, talks with a customer at the farmers market, Saturday Oct. 6, 2012, in Doylestown Pa. When the recession cost Jerry Krone his longtime accounting job several years ago, he turned to his hobby, making gourmet jam in his Fountainville kitchen. Krone says neither President Barack Obama nor Mitt Romney truly understands what average families are going through. A registered Republican, Krone voted for Obama in 2008.

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Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., picks a pumpkin at the Apple Holler farm pumpkin patch, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 in Sturtevant, Wis.

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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.

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Rick Renz, who plays drums in a “Jazz with Friends” band, packs away his instrument, Saturday Oct. 6, 2012, in Doylestown Pa. Renz, 58, a sales manager, says he has never felt so disheartened about his country. His two older children, ages 33 and 27, both with masters degrees, have had to move back home because they can’t find jobs. And he has witnessed friends lose jobs or have their homes foreclosed on.

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Rick Renz packs poses for a photo, Saturday Oct. 6, 2012, in Doylestown Pa. Renz, 58, a sales manager, says he has never felt so disheartened about his country. His two older children, ages 33 and 27, both with masters degrees, have had to move back home because they can’t find jobs. And he has witnessed friends lose jobs or have their homes foreclosed on.

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Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, cneter, R-Wis., and his wife Janna help their son Charlie pick a pumpkin at the Apple Holler farm pumpkin patch, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 in Sturtevant, Wis.

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Republican vice presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., picks a pumpkin at the Apple Holler farm pumpkin patch, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012 in Sturtevant, Wis.

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Ed Valenti and his parrot ‘Puffy’ pose for a photo, Saturday Oct. 6, 2012, in Newtown Pa. A former Republican, Valenti, 53, a social worker, said he has been disillusioned by how far to the right the party has moved. And he is afraid of more cuts to social programs for the poor if Romney is elected.

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Cynthia Kopp and her dog Aires wait for customers at a farmers market, Saturday Oct. 6, 2012, in Doylestown Pa. Kopp, 56, lost her accounting job in the recession and now works part-time as a supermarket cashier and comes to the farmers market each week to sell $5 bags of her gourmet dog biscuits. “If Aries could vote he would vote for Romney,” Kopp said. “Because mommy needs a job and she thinks Romney is the only candidate that could help get her one.”

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Michael Juhas, right, walks with his daughter Sophia, 2, through a pumpkin patch Saturday Oct. 6, 2012, in Buckingham Pa. Juhas, a Democrat, is scared of the potential for more cuts in subsidized student programs under Romney, while Juha’s wife, Christine, a Republican said she was swept up by President Obama’s oratory and style when she voted for him in 2008, but she doesn’t think he has delivered on his promise of change.