Engaged couple split on presidential politics
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We first met Magdalena Bustillos and Arael Mata on the Fourth of July.
It was a chance to reflect on the nation’s history, but also an opportunity to look forward to the November presidential election.
"I think that you should dig and find out about somebody, and see what it is they can provide to the table," Bustillos said.
Photo by Sebastian Robertson
Now as summer comes to an end, Bustillos has gone back to work as an eighth-grade teacher. Her background in education has her leaning to the left, against her conservative upbringing.
Bustillos voted for Obama in 2008 and is planning to do the same this year.
"I don't think that I can see Romney or Ryan standing up for me and my beliefs, or much less understanding where I come from," she said.
The campaign has evolved since the Fourth--the presumptive Republican nominee now has a running mate.
Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan will now accompany Mitt Romney.
"I certainly don't stand for the social aspects of Paul Ryan," Bustillos said.
Despite the opinion of his wife-to-be, Arael Mata says Romney's move to pick Ryan legitimizes the Republican ticket.
"Now I think there is going to be more substance to the arguments as opposed to constant insulting," Mata said.
Arel is first-generation American, recently obtaining his U.S. citizenship.
On the Fourth he was a moderate. Now he is leaning to the right. Mata works in the banking field, and finance is on the top of his list when it comes to electing a president.
"I am still in between, but I am leaning more towards [Romney] now because of the resent pick," Mata said.
As the election creeps closer, the couple is keeping an open mind.
"I think that the heat is on. I think it is a time for us all to be paying attention to the candidates and to be listening and doing our research," Bustillos said.