‘Values’ Unite Neighbors Despite Different Presidential Picks

By Enjoli Francis

Nov 5, 2012 6:43pm

On Wrightson Drive in McLean, Va., the neighbors share hugs, bake cookies for one another and have civil conversations, even though they are sharply divided on one major issue: whom to vote for on Election Day.

On one side of the street, there’s Sandra Buckman for former Gov. Mitt Romney and Kathleen Delano for President Obama. On the other side, it’s Lucas Gallegos for Romney and Stephanie Niedringhaus for Obama.

When Niedringhaus decided to put up signs supporting Obama, her neighbors countered with their own for Romney and Paul Ryan. It started a bit of a sign war in the neighborhood. Yet, remarkably, the neighbors remain friendly.

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“We all have the same common values,” Buckman said. “We want a safe country. We want to work. We want it to be with good values for our kids for the future.”

But the neighbors just don’t see eye-to-eye on how to get there.

“We need to be able to disagree on positions and vote for whomever we want to and not take it personally,” one neighbor said.

“But that’s why I’m mad with Obama,” Buckman said. “[He] didn’t cross the aisle enough.”

The Wrightson Drive neighbors shared some advice with the lawmakers in Washington.

“I think they need to see the humanity in the others. … Focus on that instead of the politics,” one neighbor said.

“Cross the aisle,” Buckman said. “It needs to be done.”

“I evangelize with cookies,” Gallegos said.

ABC News’ Amy Robach, Daniel Steinberger and Cindy Smith contributed to this story.

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