From the streets of Los Angeles voters discuss who they will support on Super Tuesday


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MATTHEW PALEVSKY, JOURNALIST, TRNN: It’s Super Tuesday, and I’m in East Los Angeles, California, talking to people who are on their lunch break and are taking that time to vote. Both the Obama camp and the Clinton camp are saying the election, which is now in a statistical dead heat here in California, will come down to two important demographics: how will women and Latinos vote today?

INTERVIEWER: It looks like you’ve got a Hillary sign behind you. Does that—.

VOTER 1: It don’t matter. It could be Hillary or it could be Obama.

INTERVIEWER: Who’s going to get your vote?

VOTER 1: I don’t know yet.

INTERVIEWER: You’re undecided.

VOTER 1: I’m undecided.

INTERVIEWER: So what is going to turn the tide this afternoon?

VOTER 1: I guess it’ll depend who’s on the top of the ballot.

INTERVIEWER: No, really–Did you think you’d ever have a chance to vote for a female president?

VOTER 1: No, I didn’t.

INTERVIEWER: Really?

VOTER 1: No. Black man either.

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PALEVSKY: Do you mind if I ask you who you’re going to vote for?

VOTER 2: Probably Obama.

PALEVSKY: Why Obama?

VOTER 2: I don’t know. He just sounds like he’s on the right track, like he’s actually going to do something about it, about making a change in our country.

PALEVSKY: Have you known you were going to vote for Obama for awhile? Or is this a recent choice?

VOTER 2: It’s a recent choice.

PALEVSKY: How recent?

VOTER 2: Like, today-recent.

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VOTER 3: I [inaudible] valley. Right now it’s time for lunch.

PALEVSKY: And you already voted?

VOTER 3: Yeah.

PALEVSKY: Who’d you vote for?

VOTER 3: For Hillary.

PALEVSKY: Hillary Clinton?

VOTER 3: Yeah.

PALEVSKY: Why Hillary?

VOTER 3: Honestly, honestly? I don’t think America’s ready to see a black president. [crosstalk] nothing like that. It’s just I really don’t think so.

PALEVSKY: What does that mean?

VOTER 3: I really don’t think it’ll look right for an African-American person running America. That’s just my personal opinion.

PALEVSKY: So it’s not his issues. You just think—

VOTER 3: No.

PALEVSKY: —he wouldn’t be able to lead the country.

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VOTER 3: No, I don’t think. I don’t think many people are really going to fall for that. But Hillary does have more knowledge, I think, and she’s been out there longer. So I don’t know.

PALEVSKY: Would you be okay with a black man running America?

VOTER 3: Yeah, I think so, but I don’t think America’s not ready. That’s just me.

PALEVSKY: Which part of America? If you’re okay with it and so many people are voting for him, who’s not ready for it?

VOTER 3: There’s a percentage who is not. You know.

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Please note that TRNN transcripts are typed from a recording of the program; The Real News Network cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.


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MATTHEW PALEVSKY, JOURNALIST, TRNN: It’s Super Tuesday, and I’m in East Los Angeles, California, talking to people who are on their lunch break and are taking that time to vote. Both the Obama camp and the Clinton camp are saying the election, which is now in a statistical dead heat here in California, will come down to two important demographics: how will women and Latinos vote today? INTERVIEWER: It looks like you’ve got a Hillary sign behind you. Does that—. VOTER 1: It don’t matter. It could be Hillary or it could be Obama. INTERVIEWER: Who’s going to get your vote? VOTER 1: I don’t know yet. INTERVIEWER: You’re undecided. VOTER 1: I’m undecided. INTERVIEWER: So what is going to turn the tide this afternoon? VOTER 1: I guess it’ll depend who’s on the top of the ballot. INTERVIEWER: No, really–Did you think you’d ever have a chance to vote for a female president? VOTER 1: No, I didn’t. INTERVIEWER: Really? VOTER 1: No. Black man either. ~~~ PALEVSKY: Do you mind if I ask you who you’re going to vote for? VOTER 2: Probably Obama. PALEVSKY: Why Obama? VOTER 2: I don’t know. He just sounds like he’s on the right track, like he’s actually going to do something about it, about making a change in our country. PALEVSKY: Have you known you were going to vote for Obama for awhile? Or is this a recent choice? VOTER 2: It’s a recent choice. PALEVSKY: How recent? VOTER 2: Like, today-recent. ~~~ VOTER 3: I [inaudible] valley. Right now it’s time for lunch. PALEVSKY: And you already voted? VOTER 3: Yeah. PALEVSKY: Who’d you vote for? VOTER 3: For Hillary. PALEVSKY: Hillary Clinton? VOTER 3: Yeah. PALEVSKY: Why Hillary? VOTER 3: Honestly, honestly? I don’t think America’s ready to see a black president. [crosstalk] nothing like that. It’s just I really don’t think so. PALEVSKY: What does that mean? VOTER 3: I really don’t think it’ll look right for an African-American person running America. That’s just my personal opinion. PALEVSKY: So it’s not his issues. You just think— VOTER 3: No. PALEVSKY: —he wouldn’t be able to lead the country. VOTER 3: No, I don’t think. I don’t think many people are really going to fall for that. But Hillary does have more knowledge, I think, and she’s been out there longer. So I don’t know. PALEVSKY: Would you be okay with a black man running America? VOTER 3: Yeah, I think so, but I don’t think America’s not ready. That’s just me. PALEVSKY: Which part of America? If you’re okay with it and so many people are voting for him, who’s not ready for it? VOTER 3: There’s a percentage who is not. You know. DISCLAIMER: Please note that TRNN transcripts are typed from a recording of the program; The Real News Network cannot guarantee their complete accuracy.