© Justin Crann
Fromer Roughrider and Grey Cup champion Matt Dominguez wants American voters to vote on policy in this election.
When it comes to American politics, Grey Cup champion Matt Dominguez is “a little more political than the average person.”
Dominguez, a Texan, said he has been following the 2012 presidential campaign closely and noted the tendency of both candidates to “do a complete 180 on previous stances.”
“(Republican Mitt) Romney has had several throughout his campaign. To differentiate himself from the other Republicans (in the primaries) he leaned extreme right, and now he’s moved to a more moderate position,” Dominguez said, adding that (Democrat President Barack) Obama has also shifted stances on some issues during the race.
“In 2012, both parties have done a very good job of spinning their arguments,” Dominguez said. “I think there’s probably some voter fatigue with this campaign.”
Even though most people have already made their choice, both Romney and Obama have something to offer voters, according to Dominguez.
“Both parties and both candidates have some good ideas,” he said, “but it’s a clear decision for most people which party they’re going to vote for ... there are very few undecideds.”
“I believe it’ll be one of the closest races ever,” Dominguez added. “But Obama will win by the slimmest of margins.”
According to most of the latest polls, including those from Gallup and Politico, fewer than five per cent of likely voters are undecided on the candidate for whom they’ll cast their ballot.
The race itself is too close to call, with the differential between candidates being as thin as one per cent and fluctuating almost daily.
Dominguez identified polarization as one of the key problems that ails modern American politics — and this campaign in particular — but also emphasized the large portion of voters who aren’t absolutely sold on the platform of either party.
“There’s so much polarization in this campaign that people have really dug themselves in and they haven’t looked at the issues,” he said. “(But) you’re not going to agree 100 per cent with the Democratic or Republican platform.”
In an ideal world, Dominguez said, people would look at the ideas and platforms of the candidates without the lies, spin and polling numbers influencing their perspective.
“People would write down the platforms without any knowledge of who said what ... just two lists, and if you checked off your own beliefs and didn’t listen to all of the falsities and spin, I think people on both sides would find themselves liking the other candidate,” he said. “I think people should vote policy, not spin.”
Dominguez left no uncertainty about the candidate he is backing in the election.
“Overall, if you gave me a choice between the Republican and Democratic platform, the Democrats make up most of my list,” he said. “I lean toward the Democrats ... I just do. But I’m not happy about a lot of the policies that have been enacted (by the Obama government).
“I’m not about throwing money at the economy,” Dominguez clarified, criticizing the Obama administration’s stumulus agenda, “but I am about bringing soldiers home and getting the country out of wars.”
While some Americans have expressed disappointment in Obama’s performance in his first term, Dominguez was more understanding of the limitations facing his administration.
“There’s been so much stonewalling and inaction between (his administration) and the lawmakers, and Obama has not fully been able to do what he wants to do,” he said.
“I believe, if Obama wins another term, it will be his greatest ... I believe some of these stonewalling tactics will subside, because now it’s time to govern.”
Dominguez elaborated by explaining that many of Obama’s Republican opponents made an effort, during his first term, to shut down his administration at every turn and ran this election on the premise that they are “trying to stop Obama.”
But if Obama is elected to a second term, he said, those adversaries will have to relent and start to compromise, because they can’t seek re-election for another term on the same basis without losing some credibility.
Still, Dominguez was honest about the subjectivity of his own political decisions.
“In ‘01, when I was playing for the (Denver) Broncos, I would have voted for Bush because I was going to be rich,” he said.
“I’m not anti-Romney,” Dominguez added. “I just disagree with more of his policies than I do with Obama’s.”