Backing Obama: Students at Goshen College discuss Decision 2008

By: Marcie Kobriger Email
By: Marcie Kobriger Email

Decision 2008 began in 2006.

Over the past year and a half, we've heard the candidates' stances on issues, their experience, their visions, even the celebrities they're distantly related to.

So, what will guide your decision when the time comes to cast a ballot?

A group of students at Goshen College, a Mennonite school, were talking about what really matters to them in a presidential candidate.

While many of the Mennonite beliefs are traditionally conservative, the candidate these students have chosen to back, is anything but.

CNN's Rick Sanchez hosted a round table discussion with first time voters about the presidential candidates.

Six out of seven Goshen College students said they would vote for Barrack Obama, and believe he'll change America for the global good.

“Foreign policy. I really like what he has to say on that, and he has a way of engaging a health care plan which I think will work,” Adriel Santiago, a Goshen College student tells NewsCenter 16 why Obama is his candidate of choice.

So, what’s faith got to do with it?

“It influences a lot of what I want to see done action wise in politics. I wouldn’t say it influences what I think my candidate should believe nearly as much as what I think they should do,” Kenda Sprunger, a freshman at Goshen College explains.

While decision ‘08 may be wearing on lots of voters, leaders in the Mennonite community say the need for change is charging the political atmosphere at Goshen College and in the Mennonite community.

“They've always been active in terms of how they've lived, they’ve traveled the world, they’ve tried to help others, they've been there for disasters. Now I think they're rising to the occasion in terms of making political difference as well with their choices,’ Jim Brenneman, President of Goshen College

The seventh student said she would vote for Hillary Clinton. The students told us that they were most likely the liberal end of the Mennonite contingency. It was also pointed out during the discussion that when it comes to social issues, like abortion, and gay marriage, Mennonites are typically more conservative.


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