College Students Are Unsatisfied With the Presidential Candidates
COLLEGE PARK, Md.— University of Maryland students gathered to watch the third and final presidential debate late Wednesday, although some students do not prefer either candidate.
Approximately 200 students filled the Hoff Theater in Adele H. Stamp Student Union to educate themselves about Republican, Donald Trump Sr. and Democrat, Hillary Clinton before casting their vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Some students have chosen the candidate they plan on voting for, but did not seem necessarily satisfied with that particular candidate.
Sarah J., a sophomore, who plans to vote for Clinton, said she fears of Trump running the country.
“I very strongly identify with her [Clinton’s] democratic ideals and I’m very afraid of [Donald Trump becoming president]; I think he’s a really scary feature for America,” Sarah said.
Another Clinton supporter, Talia Hoch, a junior, said she was not content with Clinton as the democratic candidate, but she is better than the opposing side.
“I would have rather had a different democratic candidate, being honest, but the fact that A, she is a woman, is amazing, but B, I agree with her ideals compared to Trump,” Hoch said.
“He [Trump] called people that want to cross the boarder ‘bad hombres;’ he is bringing back such horrible ideals,” Hoch said.
Hoch was referring to part of the debate when Trump explained his stance on immigration.
“We’ll get them out, secure the border and once the border is secured at a later date we’ll make a determination as to the rest. But we have some bad hombres here and we’re going to get them out,” Trump said, according to CNN.
This statement received mixed reactions from the different supporters in the crowd, including laughing and gasping. Several of Trump’s statements received this type of reaction in the theater, as well as cheering from supporters when one candidate took a stab at the other throughout the debate.
Ryan Lessel, a freshman, says he dislikes both the candidates, but he is planning to vote for Trump.
“Honestly, I hate both him [Trump] and Hillary, and no independent candidate has any chance of winning, so there is no point in voting for them,” Lessel said.
Lessel also commented on the support of the candidates around campus.
“I don’t see much campaigning for either candidate on campus,” Lessel said. He said he thinks the lack of support is because “neither of the candidates are very good” for this presidential election.
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