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Campus electives with Brittany Young and Julia Hampton

October 30, 2008

Editor's note: As the presidential campaign winds to a close, both candidates are courting young voters. Staff writer Jennifer Fitch asked college students from schools across the Tri-State region if the candidates are making a good impression. Their answers will run through Friday in the Tri-State section of The Herald-Mail and will be published in the election section of our Web site.

Brittany Young



Age: 21

Hometown: Martinsburg, W.Va.

College, year: Shepherd University, senior

1) Have you closely followed other races in the past? How did you first start your political involvement?

"I followed the previous presidential election somewhat closely. I was not old enough to vote at the time, but I kept up with the two candidates. I can't really say when I became politically active, it just sort of happened. I used to listen to NPR with my dad and that may be where it started."

2) What do you find compelling about this presidential race?

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"I find the struggle to present a ticket that will be considered "different" or a "change" very interesting. Both candidates are trying to distance themselves from the previous administration and the stagnation in Washington, D.C."

3) Who is your chosen candidate? What drew you to that person?

"I am going to vote for (Barack) Obama, mainly because his views more closely align with mine. I was originally a Hillary (Clinton) supporter because of her foreign policy and experience. Between these two candidates, I agree with Obama's foreign policy the most."

4) Have you attended any events at which the candidates delivered an address? Have you participated in the campaign?

"I was at the Hillary speech at Shepherd University. Otherwise, I have not attended any event at which the candidates were present."

5) What issues do you think most influence young voters?

"I am not sure what issue is the hot button, it all depends on what is important to them. I think it is unfair to categorize voters, because then you alienate those who do not fit into the category. Every issue is important to someone and should be addressed."




Julia Hampton



Age: 22

Hometown: Leonardtown, Md.

College, year: Wilson College, Class of 2010

1) Have you closely followed other races in the past? How did you first start your political involvement?

"I followed the 2004 elections pretty closely. Senior year of high school when we registered to vote in my social studies class called Global Perspectives."

2) What do you find compelling about this presidential race?

There seems to be a lot more pointing fingers at the other candidate, especially from (Barack) Obama (in my opinion). I was watching an hour-long program just this past week and every time a commercial break came there was a commercial of Obama's talking badly of McCain (sometimes two in one break).

3) Who is your chosen candidate? What drew you to that person?

McCain, the plan he will try to execute for the war.

4) Have you attended any events at which the candidates delivered an address? Have you participated in the campaign?

No, I kind stand back watch and listen more than get involved

5) What issues do you think most influence young voters?

Oil = rising or shrinking gas prices and the war.

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