Youth Perspective on Presidential Election 2008

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Black Star News reporter, 19-year-old Claressa Garcia is the voice of hundreds of thousands of youth across America. Here is Claressa’s view on Presidential election 2008:


The Bible says, “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.” Psalms 8:2

Black Star News reporter, 19-year-old Claressa Garcia is the voice of hundreds of thousands of youth across America. Here is Claressa’s view on Presidential election 2008:

As a middle classed democratic teenager, the Presidential election is crucial to my future. Therefore, I have intensely observed the candidates throughout the election. What I am looking for in the next presidential term is change – change that will enable me to look forward to a economically stable, war-limited and fundamentally adequate economy.

Observing both of the candidates, my support resides with Barack Obama. Throughout the election, Obama has clearly shown that he is capable and has the temperament to lead the United States. Unlike John McCain, Barack Obama has shown that he can be level-headed and coherent in his decision making, as well as calm and collected during debates. For example, in the decision for Vice President, Obama made a smart choice – someone with experience who has a good history in politics, where as McCain chose an inexperienced Alaskan Governor.

Also, I feel that Obama illustrates tangible solutions to difficult issues. For example, on abortion, Obama illustrated a substantial solution, instead of completely ruling it out, he has a plan that will attack the root of the problem—teenage pregnancy. He plans to create programs that will educate teenagers on abstinence and contraception. Unlike McCain, Obama respects a woman’s right to make a personal choice.  McCain is completely against abortion and plans to ban it across the country-disregarding a woman’s right of choice, even in the many situations where abortions are possibly necessary. What about rape victims? Or unhealthy pregnancies?

I believe Obama will bring positive change to the U.S. This nation has had enough mediocre leaders and it is time we have a President that is actually intelligent.   

We do not need a war veteran leading us in the same direction as President Bush. We Need Change.  We need to get things done.  

“As president, my goal is to bring people together, to listen to them, and I don't think that's any Republican out there who I've worked with who would say that I don't listen to them, I don't respect their ideas, I don't understand their perspective. And my goal is to get us out of this polarizing debate where we're always trying to score cheap political points and actually get things done. “—Barack Obama

Source: Fox News Sunday: 2008 presidential race interview Apr 27, 2008

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The Black
Star News would like to thank Ryan Mack of All About Business Youth
(AAB) for steering Claressa Garcia to us.  Claressa is doing a
wonderful job and developing into an excellent journalist.

thank you, Milton Allimadi, Publisher of The Black Star News for
providing these golden opportunities to help our youth  explore and
grow and for giving young people a voice.

Claressa Garcia is a Reporter for The Black Star News and a Sophomore at Hofstra University

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