ELYRIA, OH (WOIO) - The president pitched a tax break for middle class families during his State of the Union address Tuesday night, but what do families in northeast Ohio think about the plan?
President Barack Obama won the state of Ohio in the 2012 election against Mitt Romney and in 2008 against John McCain. On Tuesday, we went to a local restaurant where the president once ate to see how diners are feeling now.
Inside Smitty's Place in Elyria, three old friends are enjoying dinner together on a Tuesday night as they have for years. All three describe themselves as middle class, but at least one wasn't planning to watch the State of the Union.
The president's pictures are on the walls, but many patrons say they don't think Obama can get anything done to help them.
"With a Republican-held Congress, I don't think he stands a chance," says Bill Meese, of Norwalk.
Unemployment is at its lowest level since 2008, just before Obama's first term. But these friends say they're paying more taxes and feeling the impact in their pockets.
"The poor people ask you to help support them. The government wants you to support them. The government taxes you. The middle class pays most of the tax," said Dan Scyoc, of Wellington.
One offers her own plan.
"Maybe a better tax rate. Everybody's equal. Flat tax for everybody," said Kim Hinkle, of Wellington. "He's had his two terms. He's had his two chances. I'm ready for somebody new."
But right now, this group is not excited about any particular Democrat or Republican.
"No. No. They're all the same. I'll leave it at that," Meese laughed.
When asked to name a candidate they're excited about for the 2016 presidential race, they couldn't come up with any names.