Mary Eileen Follano remains undecided

Mary Eileen Follano poses for a portrait at Mary Eileen Follano poses for a portrait at her home in Oceanside. Follano asked a question during last night's presidential debate at Hofstra University. (Oct. 17, 2012) Photo Credit: Barry Sloan

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Mary Eileen Follano of Oceanside went into the presidential debate at Hofstra University an undecided voter, armed with a question about the candidates' position on tax rates and deductions.

Follano, 54, said Wednesday both candidates fully answered that question but neither swayed her.

"I still consider myself an undecided voter," said Follano, a respirator therapist at South Nassau Communities Hospital.

Follano was one of 82 uncommitted voters from the Nassau County who gathered at the second presidential debate last night. Eleven of them asked a question.

Follano said she chose to ask the candidates about taxes because she knows "the economy is a big deal for the middle-class families."

"I think that they were tied in this debate," she said. "Both seemed to express desire to cut taxes for the middle class."

While she remains undecided, Follano said she sides with President Barack Obama when it comes to higher taxes for the upper class.

"I don't think there should be any problem for millionaires and billionaires to pay a higher tax rate than what lower and middle class folks do," Follano said. "I myself would not complain if someone came to me today and said I'd be making $5 million but paying a 50 percent income tax."

Obama criticized former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney Tuesday night for seeking to bring tax rates down for the top 2 percent. Romney said bringing rates down "makes it easier for small business to keep more of their capital and hire people."

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