-Mary Munion, Business Communication, Salisbury PA, 2012
The Republican Debates have been going on for some time now. It has proven to be a very searing campaign. This election’s candidates include: Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul. Mitt Romney leads with 115 total pledged and unpledged delegates, Santorum follows with 37, Gingrich shortly behind with 35, and Ron Paul with a measly 28.
It may seem like the Republican candidate for the 2012 Presidential election has already been decided by the number of delegates. However, with the wide range of controversial topics of the debates,the outcome is still unclear. The next battleground is Arizona and Michigan.
“I haven’t watched any of the Republican Debates. However, I doubt it would change how I vote since I’m a democrat and I don’t plan on voting for a Republican candidate.”
-Holly Brandes ’12, State College Pa.,
“To be honest I’ve only watched bits and pieces of a few Republican debates. I think that the candidates running for the Republican nomination are very weak. I think Romney is an idiot, Gingrich wants moon bases and has been in three marriages, and Santorum is probably too conservative to get elected. I personally like Santorum because he seems down to earth and was a Pennsylvania senator. I will vote for whoever wins the Republican nomination because Obama needs to be OUT of office!”
-Andrew Wolfe ’12, Carlisle Pa.,
“I think the televised debates only make good looking, practiced speakers look good. It under-minds the actual issues and turns the debate into a beauty contest. I’m not big into politics, and to be honest I haven’t been watching everything. But from what I’ve seen and read, I don’t think there is a strong enough republican candidate to beat Obama.”
-Michael McCarry ’12, Philadelphia Pa.,
“It will not change the way I vote. It made me like the Republican party even less.”
-Jenny Wang ’12, Huntingdon Pa.,
“As a registered Democrat, but fiscally conservative individual, I was looking forward to progress in the American economy with concentrated efforts in the housing market, healthcare reform, and progressive Social Security management. However, the campaigns and debates have turned into mere enigmatic mudslinging by a fiscally irresponsible candidate in Mitt Romney on one hand, with the close-minded Newt Gingrich displaying his questionable ethical history once again on the other. All in all, the Republican debates have not furthered my hopes for overall fiscal improvement for the next four years, but have shown the quickly deteriorating unity amongst the Republican Party. So yes, it will have an affect on how I vote.”
-Michael Walker ’13, Political Economy, Homer City Pa.