Young voters anticipate heated second GOP debate

Young voters like José Rosario and Brandon Todd hope to make their voices heard in the upcoming presidential election.
Young voters like José Rosario and Brandon Todd hope to make their voices heard in the upcoming presidential election.

In preparation for the second primary GOP Presidential debate, some Columbus State University students say they will be watching to see if candidates can persuade them of their stances on several key topics.

“You know, of course health care is big,” senior Brandon Todd said.

“Education, in my opinion, teachers pay,” freshman Sarah Young said.

“I would just like to see things go in a more positive route for immigration,” junior José Rosario said. campaign_2016

Rosario is of Dominican descent. He says immigration reform resonates with him because of his family’s personal connection.

“Everybody comes here looking for opportunities,” Rosario said. “A lot of people want to go to school here and work here.”

While he hasn’t settled on a candidate yet, Rosario says he’s looking forward to the second GOP debate.

“It’s cutting through what people say and what’s actually being said by those people and what plans they put out to the public,” Rosario said.

Talking with political science professor Dr. Tom Dolan, he says a couple of storylines to look out for are Carly Fiorina’s inclusion and a legacy candidate in former Florida governor Jeb Bush making a push. Dolan recognizes that the outsider effect candidates like Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson hold can gain them unprecedented attention. But if they decide to hop out of the race, established political figures like Jeb Bush stand the most to gain. Dolan also says the unconventional politicians have an advantage.

“There’s no political penalty for any of them if they just say enough,” Dolan said. “If Donald Trump says he’s had enough and wants to do something else, he doesn’t have to answer to a party loyal group the way a career politician has to.”

Dr. Tom Dolan says presidential candidate Donald Trump thrives on celebrity status.
Dr. Tom Dolan says presidential candidate Donald Trump thrives on celebrity status.

Dolan explains that Trump thrives on celebrity status in remaining relevant and grabbing the GOP nomination.

11 candidates will debate in the prime time showdown Wednesday evening.

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