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What a bus trip through 11 key states says about the presidential election

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Esmé Duprez made 11 stops in some of the political hotspots. She joins us to compare and contrast where California voters are on the issues.

Imagine getting on a Greyhound bus in Philadelphia and heading west, stopping in 11 states in two weeks and talking with fellow passengers along the way.

The topic of conversation? This season's heated presidential election - and the issues important to each person along the way.

"We really wanted to get past the pundits and the media narratives driving the day and get out and sit and talk to actual voters," said Esmé Deprez, reporter at Bloomberg News, who embarked on the trip along with photographer M. Scott Brauer and posted profiles and interviews with people along the way. The two interviewed 100 people during a journey that captured a slice of the country often left out of the political dialogue – auto mechanics and artists, immigrants with documents and without, farmers and felons.

Robin Brown, 41, former Army helicopter pilot owns an event-planning business, lives in Grand Junction, CO. Sarah Shrader, 42, employs 40 at a company that designs and builds aerial entertainment, such as zip lines, lives in Grand Junction, CO. (Photo by M. Scott Brauer for Bloomberg)
Photo by M. Scott Brauer for Bloomberg
Robin Brown, 41, former Army helicopter pilot owns an event-planning business, lives in Grand Junction, CO. Sarah Shrader, 42, employs 40 at a company that designs and builds aerial entertainment, such as zip lines, lives in Grand Junction, CO. (Photo by M. Scott Brauer for Bloomberg)

The results are enlightening and shed light on how things could play out come November.

"Everyone has their own story and their own reasons why they vote the way they do and we can't truly understand this election unless we sit down and listen," said Deprez.

The two-week bus route from Philadelphia to Los Angeles passed through key battleground states along the way.
Photo courtesy of Bloomberg
The two-week bus route from Philadelphia to Los Angeles passed through key battleground states along the way.
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