KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine — Claudia Truesdale went with her second choice, Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, during Maine’s presidential preference primary on Tuesday.
Her first choice, Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, dropped out of the Democratic race for the nomination earlier this week.
“I just think she would have made an excellent president,” Truesdale, 79, said of Klobuchar. “I would love it if someone would pick her for VP.”
Truesdale said she has always admired Warren.
“I think she also is very intelligent — a very caring person who thinks about the country as a whole,” said Truesdale, as she stood outside the polls at the North Street Fire Station on Tuesday.
Truesdale said Warren, as president, would “be a real unifier.” She described Warren as being honest and having integrity.
“These are the values I’m looking for,” she said.
Truesdale said she is concerned about “the way the country is going under President Trump.” She described the GOP incumbent as “divisive” and “extremely selfish,” someone who “doesn’t take the time to even read up, obviously, on questions that are of concern to the people of the country.”
Trump has put people in various posts who “are just decimating the agencies that they are supposed to be taking care of,” Truesdale said.
“I just feel as though he has damaged the country,” she said.
Truesdale said she voted “no” on the question on the state ballot about vaccinations and philosophical and religious exemptions.
“I think it’s extremely important for children to have their vaccinations,” she said. “My solution to the problem is that anyone who doesn’t want their child vaccinated should (be exempted) for medical reasons only. They should not put other children at risk … because of their philosophical reasons.”