The Official "Buzz" of the Baccalaureate School for Global Education
Who is going to win the presidential race? You’ve heard about it on the news and even your parents are talking about it. Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John McCain… these names are commonly used when talking about the presidential election. Who are these candidates and do they have the support of BSGE students? Even if our students select a certain candidate, do they know why they’ve chosen that person? Did they make a selection based on important and relevant issues or based on media popularity?
Approximately 68% of students from BSGE believe that Barack Obama Jr. should be our future president. Barack Obama is a senator from Illinois and if elected, he would be America’s first African-American president. Obama has many important issues on his platform such as free health insurance. Another issue he is concerned about is tax. He believes that the upper class should be taxed more than the middle and lower classes. Obama’s campaign has been successful so far but he still receives attacks from the other candidates.
Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is a Democrat and a senator like Barack Obama. She is from New York. You may have heard of her name in politics before. Clinton is the wife of former president Bill Clinton. Being the wife of a political figure, Clinton has vast amounts of political experience yet she is having trouble getting the popular vote. Approximately 25% of BSGE believe that she should be elected. Hillary Clinton and her campaign party are launching attacks on Obama’s campaign. In one attack, Hillary accused Obama’s campaign issues of being vague.
John Sidney McCain III is the only Republican left in the Republican Party running in the presidential race. McCain is a senator from Arizona. In 2000, he ran for president but was not elected. McCain has been more successful in this year’s presidential election. However, only 7% of BSGE students believe that he should be elected. John McCain has also been attacking Obama’s campaign. McCain isn’t popular with the students because students believe that he is too similar to our current president, George W. Bush. Students believe that George Bush has failed as a president. An anonymous seventh grader said, “George Bush makes too many mistakes.” One student said, “John McCain will be the next George Bush.”
Jessica, a seventh grader, said, “ I want Hillary to win, but I think Obama will.” Many students feel that way seeing since Obama is a top runner in the presidential race. Obama is different from the other candidates too. For instance, he is younger and therefore is more appealing to a younger demographic of voters. He also focuses on issues that young people are more interested such as education. Many students say, “Hillary is old!” Hillary Clinton tried to appeal to young voters as well by making guest appearances on shows such as “Saturday Night Live.” “We need someone to unite us and Obama can do that,” Nathan Nikolic, a ninth grader, said. Many people who aren’t as educated about the issues, pick Obama because he would be the first black president when elected. Statistics may show the winners and losers of the race, but in my opinion, it can all change quickly.