Election 2012: The Moderate Republican in the Room


Gay Massie affirmed she was not a one-issue voter.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Gay Massie affirmed she was not a "one-issue voter."

After the results of Tuesday's election, the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is likely to remain a divisive topic across the country.

Gay Massie, a former Navy nurse, knew exactly where she stood on the issues. Seated at one of the tables at the Idaho GOP watch party at Garden City's Riverside Hotel, Massie said she had studied where the candidates stand, and had decided to cast her vote for GOP hopeful Mitt Romney.

"Even though I've been a Republican all my life, I still believe you have to look at the issues, and look at the people," she said. "I'm a real political junky I would say. I watch NBC, ABC, I read the paper everyday and I'm on the Internet to find out about international politics."

Just shy of her 76th birthday, Massie said she has voted in every election after she reached 21 years old, the legal voting age prior to the adoption of the 26th Amendment to the Constitution in 1971. Raised in Virginia, Massie entered the Navy as a nurse in November of 1959, and left in December of 1962, just after the Cuban Missile Crisis.

"I've worked in social welfare programs all my life as a nurse, and therefore, I know there are a certain group of people that need a safety net," she said.

She said that she doesn't entirely agree with Obamacare, but felt that medical care should be made available for those who cannot afford it.

"That's what I mean about thinking about what you're voting," she said. "I think to go in and vote for the president and walk out of the polls is not your responsibility as an American."

She also sometimes disagrees on politics with a Tea Party Republican family member in Western Michigan, referring to herself as a moderate member of the party. Massie reiterated she wasn't a one-issue voter.

"You're never going to get a candidate that's going to parallel everything you believe in," she said.