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Voters' Voices: Engaged couple reflects on RNC

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Now that the Republican National Convention has wrapped up, voters are reflecting on what they've learned about the GOP’s mission this past week.

Magdalena Bustillos is a history teacher and is still deciding who will get her vote in November. She told YNN she wants to be excited about the Republican ticket, but Paul Ryan as Romney’s running is doing it for her.

"My fiancée is trying to really push me to understand that he's not supposed to be this likeable guy. He's not supposed to have this charming Obama atmosphere about him, this aura of a can-do spirit,” she said. “He's really supposed to be cut-and-dry like an accountant."

Her fiancée, Audi Mata, says there’s nothing wrong with a dry, accountant-like candidate. He thinks is just what the part needs.

“You want someone that looks like they love figures everyday and every night to run the economy,” Mata said. “It's a winning ticket for me, but is it a winning ticket for the middle class, for the rest of America?'

And for his future wife? Audi says he fears that on-the-fence voters, like Magdalena, may get stuck on ‘who’ Romney and Ryan are rather than ‘what’ they're about.

"They don't look like they're part of the future,” Audi said. “They don't look demographically exciting like the democratic ticket looks like."

That's at least one point the couple agrees on. Magdalena says she would have quickly gone over to the Republicans had Condaleeza Rice been running.

"I was just totally floored by Condaleeza Rice,” Magdalena said. “I'm just going, oh my gosh, that ticket would have been amazing."

Despite the reservations, both Audi and Magdalena say the Republican convention upped their excitement for November.

Now, the couple is taking wagers on who'll win next week's living room battles when the Democrats enter the ring. ClientIP: UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP