Face off: Caucus

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Authors: Phil Elder

With Super Tuesday approaching, Mike Goodman, freshman criminology major, was good enough to chat with the Collegian about what’s important to him this election season.

Q: What party are you affiliated with?

A: Republican.

Q: Why?

A: I just registered Republican so I could vote for Giuliani.

Q: Are you familiar with the caucus system?

A: Yeah I am, I read up on it because I wanted to go participate, but damn, there’s a lot of s**t that you got to do.

Q: Are you participating this year?

A: I don’t know, probably. I don’t know who I would go for though, because now, with my man Giuliani out, I don’t know if I want to go democrat or republican.

Q: Do you prefer a caucus system or a primary system?

A: Primary.

Q: What issues are important to you in this election?

A: National security’s a big one. I think the whole gay marriage issue, women’s choice all that kind of stuff. Immigration is a big one, all that kind of stuff.

Q: Which candidate are you supporting now?

A: I like McCain and I like Edwards.

Q: Are there any candidates that you particularly don’t want to see in office?

A: Barack Obama. Not because he’s black, but his immigration stuff — wanting to give people – immigrants — licenses and stuff.

Q: If you had the choice, what would be the very first thing you would like to see addressed in 2009?

A: Iraq and National Security.

1. Jesse Youngblood is junior psychology major.

Q: What party are you affiliated with?

A: Democratic.

Q: Are you familiar with the caucus system?

A: Yes.

Q: Are you participating this year?

A: No.

Q: Do you prefer a caucus system or a primary system?

A: I prefer the caucus system — it gives you a better idea of who the candidates are.

Q: What issues are important to you in this election?

A: I think the economy is most important of all, but everything that the previous party has done. We just need to clean up the mess.

Q: Which candidate are you supporting now?

A: Um, I’m kind of undecided. Actually, I’m a big supporter of Obama, but I’m also going to support McCain too.

Q: Are there any candidates that you particularly don’t want to see in office?

A: Hillary. I don’t think this country is ready for a female president. And also Mitt Romney. I think he’d be really bad.

Robert Brehm, a freshman journalism major, sat down with the Collegian to discuss the caucus and gave us a little insight into his favorite candidate, Ron Paul.

Q: What party are you affiliated with?

A: Democrat right now.

Q: Are you familiar with the caucus system?

A: Yes

Q: Are you participating this year?

A: I’m going down to the caucus. I’m registered as a democrat, I’m going to vote for Obama in the caucus, I support him as far as democrats go, but in the general election I support Ron Paul.

Q: Do you prefer a caucus system or a primary system?

A: I think they both are good.

Q: What issues are important to you in the election?

A: The general feel of everything in the country. That’s why I like Ron Paul so much, because he’s actually going to make some changes, he supports the constitution a lot, he’s more of an individual person than like the big companies.

Q: Which candidate are you supporting now?

A: In the election I support Ron Paul.

Q: Are there any candidates that you particularly don’t want to see in office?

A: Giuliani, and most of the Republicans.

Q: If you had the choice, what would be the very first thing you would like to see addressed in 2009?

A: Well I think that the first thing would be the war because that’s the thing that most people are concerned with. After that you have to address the direction we see the economy’s going and how the war’s going to affect that.

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