LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The presidential campaign has piqued the interest of many young South Mississippi voters. Some students who voted in Tuesday's Mississippi presidential primary election shared their views on the issues they want the candidates to target.
Tuesday was Showcase Day at USM Gulf Park, an open house for more than 200-prospective students. As USM Senior Rachel Moreno guided the guests around the campus, she wanted to know if health care in America is headed in the right direction.
"The Affordable Care Act, that's a bipartisan issue that needs to be addressed and cohesively worked on instead of both sides, one side pulling too much than the other," said Moreno.
Meanwhile, an affordable education seemed to be on the minds of the young people, as they made plans for college and future careers.
"More grants for the underpaid or the poor, people who can't make it," said Branden Huber.
"College doesn't have to be free. It can just be more affordable, because at the end of the day, I still believe in putting in hard work to get where you want to go and I feel it will give more students an incentive to pursue higher education," said Johnathon Schustz.
Other issues they think are important during this presidential campaign are immigration, racial unrest, and gun control.
"Stop the violence, like stop selling guns that shouldn't be sold," said Trevorise Walls.
They may be young, but they believe their voices should be heard.
"Maybe we're not as wise, but we have a lot of great ideas and we're more socially conscious," said Schustz.
"It's important for young people. Not only do we need to express our opinions on Facebook, or on any other social media platform, but it is just as important to get out there and exercise our right to actually vote," said USM Senior Bianca Stewart.