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SOAPBOX: Belvidere residents share what's on their mind with the 2016 presidential election


Do you have strong feelings about this year's upcoming presidential election? Many do – and we're giving you an open mic to say anything you want. 

We're providing you with a political soap box—literally.  Over the next two weeks we will be traveling around northern Illinois with one intention: to hear what you have to say about this year's presidential race.

Everyone has an opinion, and this year, those opinions seem to be stronger than ever. There are also people that have almost given up on the race, saying no matter who is elected, they won't be satisfied. Regardless of where you stand, we want to hear why you feel the way you do.

On Tuesday. 13 News headed to Belvidere.  Here's some of what residents had to say:

"If these are the two best candidates, if these are the two best individuals that we can offer up lead this nation? Then we're in a very, very, very sorry state of the world," says Todd Steeger.

"I think I'm going to write myself in as a presidential candidate," jokes John Roach. 

"This situation is so sad," says Vic Reavis. "This whole country is in trouble. Immigration, the economy, everything is a mess. If anybody can change it, I don't know who it will be."

"There is a lot of fear and hate being spread," says Corey Norton. "We have a choice between two things in life and that's fear and love. So I think people need to follow the love and the positivity and start taking care of one another and stepping up. Even if you don't believe that one certain person is the president can do that for everybody, everybody has to. We're all in this together."

"Pretty scary. I don't care for either of them," says Josef Engel.  

"One a successful secretary of state. The other, bankrupted six times. Which one? Well, if you want to bankrupt this nation, well it would be Donald Trump," says Charles Sundemacher.

"You know who I think would be a really great president is Donald Trumps vice president,  the runner up," says Cathy Stach. " If he wins, he would get in. I think he would probably be a very good president. But like I said, we'll just have to wait and see."

13 News will be taking the soapbox on the road every day until election day. 

Wednesday, Oct. 26 - Freeport
Thursday, Oct. 27 - Oregon
Friday, Oct. 28 - Loves Park

Monday, Oct. 31 - Machesney Park
Tuesday, Nov. 1 - Dixon
Wednesday, Nov. 2 - Roscoe
Thursday, Nov. 3 - Byron
Friday, Nov. 4 - Winnebago

Monday, Nov. 7 - Rockford

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