College students talk presidential politics

By Steve Phillips - bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - John McCain and Barack Obama have eleven more days to convince Americans to vote for them.

Young people are among the voters both candidates are courting in this close presidential contest. WLOX News spent time Friday questioning college students about their presidential preference.

"I think I favor more McCain," said Amber Davis, "Just because he's more experienced and he's older and I think he knows what he's doing."

"I think I'm going to vote for Obama," says Megan Goings, "I think I like him a lot better and what he stands for."

Our informal, unscientific poll found an interesting mix of political opinions on the JD campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Josh Reed is a McCain man.

"Actually, it's kind of the lesser of two evils. I like Palin though," he said.

Richmond Harris wants an end to the war.

"Oh man, I'm going for Obama. It's time for change. You can't argue with that. Ain't nothing wrong with change. Change. It's 2008. What, I'm 20-years-old now? Time for a change," said Harris, who sports a large peace sign as a belt buckle.

Some students prefer neither Obama or McCain. Adam Haller is fed up with both camps.

"In every race, every four years, every two years for representatives or senators, it's always the same stuff. Either way, I don't like either one of them. I go for Ron Paul," said Haller.

"I hope McCain," said Brandi Peterson, "He just seems like he has his priorities in order you know. He's got a lot of things I like about him."

Christian Hickerson didn't disclose which candidate she'll vote for. But she did speak about which issues most concern her.

"The economy is a big issue to be actually. The war is a big issue to me. Those are the two main things. Health care is a big issue," said Hickerson.

Sara Mott is among those voters still in the "undecided" column.

"I'll probably decide about the day before probably. I'll do a lot of my research. I don't know, I'm just kind of undecided," she admits.

South Africa native, Johan Cilliers, says he's tired of the rhetoric on both sides of the presidential race.

The economy was the issue mentioned most often by the students we questioned. The war was also a common concern.