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Del Oro students take on presidential politics

By: Jennifer Gee, Gold Country News Service
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A day before the election, Del Oro High School students were finding a way to localize national and state races that have energized constituents nationwide. Del Oro students held a presidential debate Monday afternoon. Five students represented Democratic candidate Barack Obama, four debated John McCain’s platform and one presented the Libertarian candidate Bob Barr’s campaign. In front of a packed audience of students at the high school’s auditorium, the students answered questions, including why their candidate is the best choice for students, their candidate’s stance on the war in Iraq, and their candidate’s vice presidential picks. Senior Kathleen Poulson said students should vote for McCain because he will cut taxes and make it easier for people to sell their homes. In turn, she said Obama’s plan “destroys the American dream” by punishing the more wealthy citizens. Jared Rohe, a sophomore, countered that Obama will “empower” individuals and make it possible for more people to be successful. He will do this by cutting taxes for the middle class, Rohe said. When it came time to talk about the Iraq war, senior Cassie Sohn said she supports Obama’s plan to pull out troops in 16 months. “The death toll is increasing daily,” Sohn said. “Given our current economic course it makes no sense for our country to stay in the war.” Brad Fischer, a senior, said McCain’s military experience means he knows what it means to be fighting a war and therefore would be a better commander in chief. “If we pull out now, it will result in failure,” Fischer said. Danny Outlaw, a senior who represented Barr, had a chance to offer comments during an opening and closing statement. He said there is a need for change but that Obama and McCain did not have supportive ideas. “If you want real change, start thinking of a third party,” Outlaw said. Sophomore Ciera Clark said she listened to the debate with interest. She said it was helpful to hear about the issues from her peers. “It helped me a lot,” Clark said. “I would vote for Barack Obama because I feel we definitely need the change.”