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Government contractor welcomes fiscal sacrifice

Supporters listen behind barricades as U.S. President Barack Obama holds a campaign rally at Loudoun County High School on August 2, 2012 in Leesburg, Virginia.

Virginia is a state both presidential candidates are hoping to win come November. In 2008, the swing state went for President Obama. This year, the polls show the race is neck and neck. One of the "swingiest" parts of the state is Loudoun County.

Loudoun County resident Ken Colley, a 43-year-old father of three and government IT contractor, is planning to vote for Governor Romney. "My whole issue, from the beginning of this election, has always been entitlements. I have never ever felt confident in things like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid."

On this issue, Colley supports Mr. Romney's choice of Representative Paul Ryan for vice president, "whether you agree with the Ryan plan or don't agree with the Ryan plan, at least we are having a conversation about things that matter," says Colley.

Colley believes tackling the country's challenges will bring sacrifice, "you are going to have to cut benefits...Will taxes be raised? Probably." And, he welcomes these measures into his own life, even with his government job at stake, "if it means putting the country into a sustainable fiscal future."

About the author

Jeff Horwich is the interim host of Marketplace Morning Report and a sometime-Marketplace reporter.
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