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USM students weigh in on presidential canidates

Hannah Lyon | The Free Press

Posted on September 29, 2015 in News
By USM Free Press

By Sam Haiden

The time is coming, once again to decide who will lead this country. As we are approaching the primary elections in November, campus is all aflutter with the most recent political scandals involving our would-be future presidents. Now is the time that USM students will have to begin to make important decisions about how to vote.

According to FOX, CNN and the Washington Post, Donald Trump is leading in the polls for the Republican Primary Election.

Next in the polls is Dr. Ben Carson, a celebrated former head of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins. Having stated that Obamacare was the worst thing to happen to America “since slavery,” he has gained a gratuitous amount of support from grassroots conservatives.

On campus, a quick survey puts Rand Paul, the son of Ron Paul, at the top of the list of republican nominees; however political analysts and the polls say otherwise.

Pat Mahoney, a junior marketing major at USM described him as “the only adult at the table” amongst the GOP candidates, lauding his tax policy and making the statement that if Paul were president, “the constitution would mean something again.”

Jack Forbush, a biology major, also supports Paul’s tax policies, adding an appreciation for the fact that Rand, “follows in the footsteps of his father.” When asked to scout a likely Democratic candidate, both students chose Bernie Sanders.

Although Sanders is second in the DNC polls to Hillary Clinton, he seems to have the favor of the voters: at least here on the USM campus. His platform is getting big money out of politics, and he seems to be pretty strict about who he accepts money from, putting Clinton’s association with super PACs in the spotlight.

Michael Havlin, a UMass Amherst grad student and USM alumni who has been involved in many activist, political and policy issues in Maine, says he is “undoubtedly and proudly” voting for Sanders.

Havlin succinctly summarizes Bernie’s political career as “one of fighting against established monied interest and for the people, and winning.”

Trailing closely behind Sanders in the polls is Vice President Joe Biden; however Biden has not yet announced that he is running for nomination at all, as he deals with the recent death of his son, Beau.

As political platforms vary drastically, so do the backgrounds of each candidate and their cultures and heritages. Two months from now, the parties will select their gladiators, to pit against each other in the partisan coliseum in November of 2016. USM students will continue to represent their ideals and political beliefs to the nation by way of voting.

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