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College political leaders lobby for their candidates


The students of the Grand Rapids Community College make their case for their parties presidential candidate.  Ross L. Pike, the president of the College Democrats, and Kyle Brethauer, the president of College Republicans, duke it out in this Q & A.

What qualities does your candidate have to help GRCC students and our Community?

Brethauer: By lowering taxes, we will see more jobs desperately needed by our generation. These opportunities when seized upon give individuals a competitive edge in the market place in the future and can help students pay off their debt early.

Pike: President Obama has always stood for students and our community. He has been proposing bringing together community college and businesses to train two million Americans for good jobs that actually exist now and are waiting to be filled.

How will your candidate benefit the country?

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Brethauer:Romney is a leader that can work across the aisle. This is an era marked by great political divides when we need to come together and find common ground.  His mobilizing ability will play out in international relations to help sway support to the suppressed peoples of the Middle East and the countries facing financial collapse in Western Europe.

Pike: President Obama is committed to this country and always will be.  Before President Obama took office, the economy was losing 800,000 jobs a month. Now, we have seen 31 consecutive months of job growth and 5.2 million new private sector jobs.

What is your candidate’s position on helping students with higher education?

Brethauer: Romney will help create jobs needed by students to help them pay off student loans and build a prosperous future.

Pike: President Obama has doubled funding for Pell Grants and has even created a college tax credit. Obama is not only committed to higher education but is doing everything he can to make it more accessible to Americans.

What is your candidate’s position on social issues?

Brethauer: This has not been a focus of the election, but I doubt you will see a repeal of Roe v. Wade or revision of openly gay soldiers being allowed to serve our country. Romney has always respected the rights of individuals who are lawful citizens in the United States.

Pike: President Obama has always stood up for women’s rights and is pro-choice. He is also the first sitting President to support  gay marriage. The President has been fighting for gay rights by  repealing “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He has also supported Planned Parenthood and its funding.

What is your candidate’s stance on health care?

Brethauer: Mitt passed private, market-based healthcare that was independent of government control and did not raise taxes. His current intentions are to repeal parts of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and replace them with parts modeled after Massachusetts’ plan. With so many people struggling in today’s economy, they need to seriously consider both plans and if they can afford to pay higher taxes.

Pike: President Obama saw the passing of the Affordable Care Act now known as the Obamacare. Under Obamacare, children up to the age of 26 are now able to stay on their parents’ insurance. This shows with Obamacare–Obama does care.


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