September 6th, 2010
12:01 PM ET

Dairy farmer politics: 'Vote against the incumbent'

Editor's note: CNN's T.J. Holmes will be traveling through four states on the CNN Election Express bus this week, talking with voters about their thoughts on the economy and the upcoming midterm elections.

The following is a post he filed from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“Always vote against the incumbent.”

That’s the voting philosophy of Anthony Nicoletto, a dairy farmer we met in western Pennsylvania.

He says he always votes against the incumbent because you should “give someone else a chance to be corrupt” and steal money.

Here in western Pennsylvania, everyone seems to be in agreement: they are sick of Washington, DC.

Nicoletto has been a dairy farmer his whole life, but now, he says each year could be his last year in the business. His cost of doing business continues to go up, but the cost of milk doesn’t go up at the same pace. He can’t turn a profit. So, a successful year for him now is when he loses a little bit of money instead of a lot.

And, Nicoletto and his wife don’t have a lot of (or any) confidence in Washington. Listen to what they told us.

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  1. MartyIsHere

    What a clever way to vote. I think he's on to something.

    September 6, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. duke

    The American people are the biggest idiot on the planet. Why don't the people demand that it be against the law for lawmakers to go to washington and not do the people's business?The American people only demand more from war monger's and crooked politicians so keep voting republican America you fools never get it!

    September 6, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Katya

    This is strange. No matter what the "Washington DC" thing is, people everywhere seem to be sick of it. Including here which is quite far away from this gentleman.

    September 6, 2010 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. duke

    Stop voting for rich people who come from inherited money!Oh yeah,Wake up people!

    September 6, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. terry

    You people in america still don't get it you vote for people who are wealthy and don't know a thing about the middle class or the poor they just want to show you what there wealth can buy, they get bored being so wealthy that they say l think I will run for an office and protect My interests.

    September 7, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Sebas

    It is confusing how Amricans play politics.the fact is they are very impatient. HOW CAN U VOTE somebody into office to fix things that took 8 years to deteriorate and expect that person to fix it within 2 years or less. THe American people have not even asked themselves what they r doing to contribute in fixing the economy. All what they say is that the government is doing nothing. Common wake up people n do something and let the press know what u are dong to contribute in fixing the economy

    September 7, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Thomas

    It was weird meeting him at 7 AM on Mount Washington. He was really cool though and I was expecting a lot different when meeting him in person. I am hoping he had a Primanti Bros sandwich as I suggested before leaving Pittsburgh!

    September 9, 2010 at 8:18 pm | Report abuse |