For the past few weeks, people all over the world have been watching the presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney. In exactly a week, people will have to decide on who they want as their future leader.
Nov. 6, 2012 is the big day for the citizens of the United States. “This is going to be a tight competition,” said Amanda Jankowski, a junior at Arnold O. Beckman High School. “During the debate, both of the candidates have been supporting their positions very well.” Even with the past 4 weeks of the presidential debate, the possible winner of this year’s election hasn’t been clear.
Many history classes in high schools all over California has been encouraging the students to vote on the propositions, governors and the presidents that they would vote for in a mock election within the schools. “Many students chose Romney, and many students chose Obama,” said Andy Kim, an ASB member at Arnold O. Beckman High School. “The votes were just to see what the students thought about the candidates for this year.” By experiencing the debates and the speeches made from the candidates, many students have an idea of who they are rooting for.
This year, many people who thought they were one party have changed their view after a few of the debates. “I thought I was a Republican, but after I heard what Obama said, I support his position more,” said Kaitlin Lee, a junior at Arnold O. Beckman High School. “I changed my view after the debates.” Many people can change their views by what they heard and felt during the debate between the two main candidates.
Even though most students are not old enough to vote, the students have opinions about the candidates too. “I didn’t care about the debates because I knew I wasn’t old enough to vote,” said Alex Kim, a junior at Arnold O. Beckman High School. “But, after I watched one of the presidential debates, I knew that I was a Republican right away.” Just by listening to the debates, people easily change their views about each candidate. The vote is exactly in a week and the competition is high. Will our president be Barack Obama or Mitt Romney?