Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Which presidential candidate will you vote for and why?

Monday, October 22, 2012
Liv Plumlee, center, Maddi Enzmann, left, and U.S. congresswoman JoAnn Emerson. Submitted photo

Vote Romney

Liv Plumlee ~ College Republicans Vice President - Events Coordinator

We are not experiencing thriving times in our nation. The debt and deficit we see each year is alarming and only getting higher.

Our current president has been unable to tackle the concerning financial issues of the U.S. (which I see as the most urgent problem today). I don't want to see another 4 years of broken promises and lack of economic growth.

China is sneaking up on us. If we don't contain ourselves, stop overspending and giving away free handouts, China will exceed us as the number one country in the world. I don't want to look back one day and tell my children about the times when America was number one. I want the United States to continue to be number one.

For this we need to re-focus. I ask for anyone who is unsure who to vote for to ponder this: Maybe you're unsure of whether or not Romney can get the job done. That we don't know. What we do know is that Obama can't. That he's proven to us. Therefore, I'd say you have nothing to lose by giving Gov. Romney a chance. Hard times can get better if we elect the right leaders. Is Romney the perfect candidate? I don't know. Maybe nobody's perfect. But like I said, we don't need to repeat what we know doesn't work.

Danice Granger, left, and state representative Steve Hodges, right. Submitted photo

Vote Obama

Danice Granger ~ President of College Democrats

As a college student I take a lot of things for granted. However, one thing I don't take for granted is my right to vote. Every election allows me to take part in a process, which has defined American culture and history since the Constitution was signed. Before each election the most important thing is making an educated decision on who will get my vote. With all of the ads and mudslinging sometimes the facts are hard to find in such a mess. However, after sorting through everything I have decided to support President Obama for a second term. I'm not going to say things are perfect right now, but I think our nation has come a long way and under good leadership can go a lot further. I want to share with you why President Obama has earned my vote and deserves a second term.

There are many things Barack Obama has done that have earned my vote for 2012. In countless ways, he has improved the lives of young Americans.

First, he has doubled the amount of Pell Grants and significantly increased the number of students receiving these awards. Investing in young adults allows us to compete for higher-skilled and higher-paying jobs.

Additionally, to help young adults under the Affordable Care Act, President Obama has created the ability for young Americans to stay on their parents' health insurance plan until they are 26. Previously, children were cut off at the age of 18, leaving many students attending college without the benefit of health insurance.

The Credit Card Act of 2009 made predatory issuance of credit cards harder by restricting the use of credit cards in very young adults and limiting marketing activity on college campuses.

Further, Obama has been a champion of student loan reform and forgiveness programs for career areas with the most need, such as nursing. Obama said, "The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create." I believe his policies and actions stand behind this statement and I want a president who stands behind me and other young Americans.

Obama has led the way in equal treatment for women. The first act signed by the president was the Lily-Ledbetter Fair Pay act. President Obama has made it clear that equal and fair pay for women won't just make women's lives better, but it will also make the economy stronger. Overall, Obama is a champion for equal rights for Americans regardless of race, gender, age or sexual orientation. In the 21st century I believe any president we elect should be able to stand up for all of those he or she represents.

Foreign policy is a complex subject with plenty of room for debate. However, Obama has overall shown the power and capability to skillfully represent the United States abroad. He brought an end to the war in Iraq and Osama Bin Laden's reign of terror. Additionally, Obama has shown the ability to take responsibility for his actions, the actions of American agencies and all Americans.

Finally, I have to look at the economy. I completely see our recovery from "The Great Recession" has been a long road that we are still traveling. However, I see improvement. I believe a plan that is showing improvement is better than no plan. Without more details from Gov. Romney, I can't perceive he has a better plan for America. At an economic time like this, I don't want to leave the economy to a plan without details. I'd rather elect someone with a clear vision and plan. There are definitely arguments to be made that a faster recovery is possible. However, without details of this plan I can't support it. I don't think America can gamble with its recovery.

Overall, I have plenty of reasons Obama has earned my vote in 2012 and I haven't shared all of them with you today. This decision wasn't based on a debate or the overwhelming amount of information from advertisements. Research is the best tool a voter has, and my secret weapon is I looked at the claims both campaigns made and make my own decision. Most people wouldn't hire a babysitter without checking their references so before we hire a president we have a responsibility to check out their claims and find out the facts. When it comes to a job like president, facts really do matter. The facts showed me President Barack Obama deserves my vote for President.