Over the 2004 Presidential Election
The fierce electoral competition between George
W. Bush and John Kerry has permeated households
across America, bringing political tensions to
the surface. Today’s guests personify both
extreme ends of the political spectrum and are
having a tough time separating home and state.
Find out their stories below:
When Carl and Jayne met, they were
both staunch Democrats. Over the years, Carl has
morphed into a Republican, which Jayne believes
has changed his entire persona and appeal. She
feels he is no longer the man she fell for and
that he has betrayed their ideals. The division
between them has gotten so bitter that they now
sleep in separate bedrooms, but Carl is set on
making things right for the sake of their kids
and their marriage.
Debbie is tired of Butch’s
constant badgering about the upcoming election.
She has tried to adopt a “don’t ask,
don’t tell” policy about their political
beliefs, but she says die-hard Democrat Butch
won’t stop harassing her about her vote
for Bush. Video Clip: Butch isn’t shy about
his dislike for George W. Bush and Debbie is tired
Despite their strong political beliefs,
Natalie and Jay-Are never discussed politics in
their early stages of dating. Now with the upcoming
election, Natalie was shocked to discover that
Jay-Are is a Republican. She feels upset that
Jay-Are could align himself with George W. Bush
and doesn’t understand how he could do something
she feels is against the best interests of African-Americans.
Josh says his father Gary raised
him to think for himself, so now he’s perplexed
by Gary’s opposition to his Democratic beliefs.
The political rivalry has gotten so intense between
the two of them that each has resorted to hurtful
pranks to get his point across. Both men want
to agree to disagree but their convictions keep
getting in the way.
Would you stand by your political
beliefs enough to be fired for them? Rena was
willing to do so, but her story has a happy ending.
After being let go from her job for refusing to
remove a John Kerry bumper sticker from her car,
Rena received a personal call from Mr. Kerry and
a job offer to work for the Democratic National
Convention. Craig appeared on the show to play
devil’s advocate, saying that Rena’s
boss was right in firing her since she was advertising
opposing beliefs on his property.
For a balanced look at the issues and the election,
Are you at odds with a family member
over the election? Tell
us about it.