Inside an LA polling station (3 of 6)
CALIFORNIA VOTER: My name is Melissa [“HO-ro”] and I [inaudible]. I voted for Obama because I believe that he’s for the people and he’s willing to help out a little more than Hillary is. He’s just for a lot of the things that I’m about. He never says that he’s going to singlehandedly do anything; he always says that for him to fix anything, that he needs all of the people to help out. He’s not going into office and saying that he’s going to do it himself. He’s saying that with the people he can do it, and without them he can’t. And that’s as honest as it gets.
VOICE OF PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR: Was there anything specific in terms of, like, policy or issues [inaudible]?
CALIFORNIA VOTER: He’s not for the war, and I don’t believe people should die for anything.
JAY: Senator Clinton says that she wants to stop the war too. What’s the difference?
CALIFORNIA VOTER: Senator Clinton’s wishy-washy about what she’s for and what she’s not for. It’s getting closer and closer to the time where people are going to vote, and she’s changed her mind probably a dozen times on a dozen different issues. And Barack has stayed the same. Maybe over a four-year span, Barack has changed his mind, but that’s a big enough span. But since it’s coming closer and closer to the time that people are going to vote, all of a sudden Hillary wants to change what she’s for and what she’s against.
JAY: Was the war the defining issue for you?
CALIFORNIA VOTER: Yeah, because there’s a lot of young people that they’re drafting into the war. There’s a lot of people dying, a lot of people going in and not sure if they’re going to come out, having kids, and I don’t think that’s right. I think people should have peace, not fighting.
JAY: What about in terms of the economic situation? Jobs and wages and things like that?
CALIFORNIA VOTER: Barack is for helping out the people, helping out everybody, giving more money to moms, giving more money to schools, things that are needed. Schools everywhere, not just schools in high-class places. There are schools like this that need money to be fixed, and there are schools like where I grew up in East LA that need to be fixed, floors coming up, and he’s for all of that.
JAY: Have you ever voted before?
CALIFORNIA VOTER: No, this is my first time.
JAY: And if Barack wasn’t running, would you have voted?
CALIFORNIA VOTER: Anything but Hillary. I probably would have voted.
CALIFORNIA VOTER: Because she’s wishy washy about what she wants to do. She never answers questions on the stand—she answers questions, but she never answers them *[crosstalk]
JAY: *Can you give an expample?
CALIFORNIA VOTER: I’m not sure on the specific date, but we watched things like this in class, and they were talking about—I think it was children, the school age. Then she said, well, hypothetically, if something were to happen, she would do this. And Barack gave a straight answer, as opposed to a hypothetical.
JAY: Do you think Barack will really change things in a fundamental way for kids from East LA and *unemployment and those sorts of things?
CALIFORNIA VOTER: *I think that he could, because he’s worked in places like that. He’s worked in places where he’s seen children from everywhere, where he’s seen children in the projects, where he’s seen children everywhere, and he knows what it’s about, as opposed to Hillary, who’s probably been down there but’s never worked with kids as much as he has. And I think he’ll change stuff.
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