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Election

October 29, 2012

Why I'm voting for...

Two North Shore college students offer their thoughts on the presidental election, and explain why they're supporting their chosen candidates.

Compiled by Bethany Bray

Barack Obama

“A lot of sound bites are coming out of Romney that I’m uncomfortable with. ... When you aggregate them all together, it makes the picture look not great. ...

“Obama’s handle of social issues is what is swinging my vote right now. He’s in favor of gay marriage and LGBT-friendly. The statements made by Romney’s camp on women’s issues, I find shocking — the ‘binders of women’ comment ... saying things like getting rid of Planned Parenthood. In the past, he’s been pro-choice, and now he’s coming out (as pro-life) to court the conservatives.”

On foreign policy, Obama “brings a more knowledged background.”

— Brian Kibler, junior, Salem State University

Mitt Romney

“The main reason behind my vote is I feel (Romney) is better equipped, and Paul Ryan, to aid the state of our current economy. ...

“I feel like Paul Ryan has a somewhat innovative and unique approach, and I feel that’s something that can work and would be good for us.

“I feel like the Obama administration hasn’t done a bad job, but it hasn’t necessarily done a good job either.”

— Kevin Keohane, sophomore, Gordon College

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