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Local teens pick their candidates

The first presidential primary is a month away. Who do you like?

The first presidential primary is a month away. Who do you like?

December 04, 2007|By BETHANY FERGUSON / Pulse Correspondent

Which of the presidential candidates do you like, and why?

In less than a year from now, the race will be over. The race for our country's leader, the commander in chief, the decider.

Although some teens aren't old enough to vote yet, they still have their favorite candidates. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were the winners in my survey of 16 local teens.

For the most part, girls preferred Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

"Hillary Clinton is definitely my pick for this year's election," said Alexi Fulton, a 17-year-old attending Hagerstown Community College. "She commands a room. I think that a woman commanding this country might really make a difference"

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This wasn't an unusual opinion. Six out of the 16 teens I interviewed said they liked Clinton and all for the same reason - the change a woman might bring to national politics. Rebecca Shifflet, a homeschooled 15-year-old, said, "I like where she stands with globalization, and our environment. She's determined to make a difference."

"Hillary is a powerful leader," said Melissa Cline, 16, also a home-school student. "I think she can really make a difference for our country."

While Clinton was the pick for most females, another Democratic candidate, Barack Obama, had a diverse population of votes.

"Obama speaks well, is greatly informed, and really just knows what he's talking about," Nick Richy, 18, who attends Hagerstown Business College, said. "He's definitely my choice for this year's election, I'm excited to vote for that reason."

Sherry Ford, 16, of Hagerstown, also liked Obama.

"Obama is a true leader," she said. "I'm bummed I won't be able to vote this year to help him rack up the votes. I want him to win."

Obama ranked first in my informal survey, with eight out of the 16 people I interviewed selecting him as their favorite. Almost all eight teens stressed his leadership skills and his communication abilites.

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