Election Blues - the view of an African - American voter
With the polls still ongoing in a blue State of Virginia, Business And Financial Times special correspondent Nana Yaa Ofori-Atta engages a 58 year old African - American male resident on what will inform his choice of candidate.
This voter has two children and five grandchildren. He is also well educated holding a PHD in Economics from the UC Berkeley. For some reasons best known to us we have decided to withhold his name for now.
Lets now get into the conversation between the two.
Question: Will you vote in 2016?? Did you vote in previous elections - when were you first registered as a voter and where?
I will not vote; I am a US resident with citizenship from an African country.
Question: Is your mind made up between the 2 candidates?? If so, when did you make up your mind?? What are the 3 issues or circumstances that helped to make uo your mind?? If not, what would it take even now to make up your mind?
My choice would most certainly be for Hilary Clinton; I came to this conclusion during the Primaries. Hilary's experience as former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady makes her an exceptionally qualified candidate. Early on, the idea of a business leader as President was interesting, but the divisive and explosive rhetoric of Donald Trump and his over-simplification of complex foreign policy ruled him out in my view as a qualified candidate for the Office.
Question: The day before the ‘historic’ elections, what does your gut say will be the result?? What do you want the results to be?? Are the answers the same, if not why?
I believe it will be close, but that Hilary will win, as I hope. Although I hope she will win big and that the Republicans will lose the Senate too!
Question: Looking back over the campaign, what are the 3 things that you would keep and 3 things you would get rid off about - the system; the party; the candidate?
The media has been quite disappointing, frivolous and sensationalist. They've tried to force balance between the two main candidates, not calling a spade a spade, and have been generally unfair to Hillary. Looking back over the campaign, this would have been the best element to get rid of.
Question: Is there anything that has shocked and made you happy about the campaigns of both candidates?
There has been lots of shock from the Trump campaign. I've been impressed by Hilary's resolve and steadfast focus on policy issues despite the general circus of this campaign season.
Question: What are the local issues that are important to you?? Will you vote for the party’s candidates for all positions - President and Senate??
Again, I will not vote this election cycle, but if I could, I would vote based on my views on the issues, which usually, but not always align with that of the Democratic Party. I hope the Democrats can take the Senate. I strongly believe it is critical that this gridlock in Congress is broken. There are too many critical issues at stake, including the Supreme Court nominations, and the Republican vow to not pass through any nominations is terribly irresponsible.
Question: What difference will a Clinton or Trump presidency make to your life?
A Trump presidency will send all the wrong signals about this country. His divisiveness is making this quite unpleasant. Therefore ?a Trump presidency would have a detrimental general impact on both foreign and national affairs, as well as on me personally as an immigrant.?
Question: America’s place in the world.? How important, if at all, do the views of non Americans living in America and non Americans living outside America matter??
They certainly matter. America does not exist in a vacuum. We live in a global village where the voices and influence of other players matter a great deal.
Question: Both candidates are on the last minute trail and working with surrogates. What surrogate if any, would make a difference to you?
Michelle and Barack have done a great job.
Question: Why do you think the polls continue to report at the 11th hour a neck to neck race?
Due to a measure of media sensationalism and because America is severely divided along socio-economic lines.