By Olivia Wong
The election is days away, and tensions continue to rise. With the most recent presidential debate, issues such as climate change, healthcare, and racial justice among other topics have been discussed between the candidates.
The Chariot posed a question on Instagram: Who would you vote for if the election was tomorrow and why?*
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Who would you vote for if the election was tomorrow and why?
“I would vote for Biden because he believes in equal rights. His plans on immigration, healthcare, climate change, and racial justice are detailed and will have a positive impact. With over 220,000 dead from COVID-19, Trump continues to downplay the virus. Trump has failed the US and has constantly contradicted himself throughout his whole term. The clear-cut choice is Biden,” said senior Barbara Knipe.
“I think replacing a president who has had the most economic success in a while and has put America first with a president and vice president that both contributed to the disproportionate incarceration of African Americans is not what this country needs at the moment,” said junior Eric Orbon.
"I would vote for Biden. Trump may talk the talk and walk the walk, but he's eventually going to walk off a cliff. Don't allow him to bring us down with him," said senior Steve Roshan.
“If I had a vote in the presidential election, I would vote for Marco Rubio. Marco Rubio is a moderate Republican who believes in a clean energy policy similar to Biden’s and a fiscally conservative policy such as Trump’s. He is a younger combination of both candidates without rape allegations,” said senior Giancarlo Valle.
“I would vote for myself🍄. I think I’m pretty dope. I would advocate for LGBTQ rights and make sure there are more arts programs in schools. To be honest, I don’t know much about politics but I do know our choices for president are not the best. We need more people like...well...me. My dad’s pretty cool, too, though. So, me or him,” said junior Katherine McWilliam.
Although contrasting views among New Hyde Park Memorial’s students are inevitable, the important thing to take away from this election year is that Americans should spread love and not hate. For more information on creating a more inclusive atmosphere, read the article "United Not Divided" next in order to gain better understanding of the culture of political divide.
*These responses are not representative of The Chariot or New Hyde Park Memorial High School.