Nightly News   |  November 01, 2010

Exhausted electorate ready for Nov. 3

NBC’s Kevin Tibbles talks to Americans in Chicago’s Daley Plaza, who are longing for relief after all the negative campaigning and public bickering.

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BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: And welcome back to our Decision 2010 headquarters, where we promise it'll be over soon. In about 24 hours here we get to talk results. But already, as midterm elections go, it's been a withering campaign; highly negative, as you know, a lot of attacks back and forth, and a lot of anger on the part of the voters, who get to speak tomorrow. Anger about the economy, anger about government. We get that part of the story tonight from our own Kevin Tibbles in Chicago .

KEVIN TIBBLES reporting: The open air market in Chicago 's Daley Plaza bustles with energetic shoppers seeking fresh produce and baked goods. But scratch the surface and you find an exhausted...

Unidentified Man #1: I just can't wait till it's over.

TIBBLES: ...and disappointed body politic.

Unidentified Man #2: A lot of promises have been broken.

TIBBLES: Campaigners have spent hundreds of millions delivering punches in hopes of wooing support. But has it worked?

Unidentified Man #3: It's all they can do is sling mud at each other rather than actually try and address the problem like adults. It seems like it's a -- it seems like it's a bunch of kids in a -- in a preschool.

Mr. CARL PALADINO: And I 'll take you out, buddy.

Unidentified Man #4: You're going to take me out?

Mr. PALADINO: Yeah!

Man #4: How you going to...

TIBBLES: Then there's the very public bickering...

Mr. FRANK CAPRIO: And he can take the endorsement and shove it.

TIBBLES: ...equivocating, and just plain bad behavior. Some voters do express anger.

Man #1: It's terrible. It's disgusting. You know, could you run a company like this? No, you couldn't.

TIBBLES: But most we met just want to hear a frank and civil discussion about the real issues facing America .

Unidentified Woman #1: We just want to know how they feel, what they're going to do for us.

Unidentified Woman #2: People out here that needs jobs, and they're not focusing on that.

Man #3: How about health care? How about reform of the financial system that just collapsed two years ago? How about, oh, the crumbling infrastructure in the country?

TIBBLES: And some warn negativity comes at a cost.

Unidentified Woman #3: The winner is going to start out behind and not have the respect of the electorate that they need to do what needs to be done.

TIBBLES: However much voters might long for relief tomorrow, some fear this could just be the beginning. Kevin Tibbles, NBC News, Chicago .

BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor: That is our broadcast for this Monday night, election eve. As always, thank

you for being here with us. And one more reminder: Our coverage begins here with NIGHTLY NEWS tomorrow night, then we're back on the air at 9, 8 Central . And then we're going to go all night, right through late night with our Decision 2010 coverage. We're going to give our friends Jay Leno and Jimmy Fallon a break. I'm Brian Williams . We hope to