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As the Presidential Primaries Get Underway, CSI Students Say Dem or Die

By Andrea Karshan

New York’s turn to vote for the 2016 presidential primaries is quickly approaching and most CSI students have decided to either vote for a Democratic candidate or not vote at all, according to a series of interviews conducted by The Banner.

This will be the first time a majority of millennials are voting and our future president cannot win without them.

According to the nonpartisan States of Change project, The Atlantic reported, millennials, those born between 1981 and 2000, will represent 30.5 percent of eligible voters, virtually matching the baby boomers’ 30.7 percent.

Students expressed a liking toward Democratic candidates and a strong resentment towards Republican candidate Donald Trump.

“[Sanders] is the type of person that would help the young prosper more than other candidates,” said Leslie Amaro, a sophomore at CSI.

Sanders’ win in New Hampshire has amplified his probability of  becoming a crowd favorite.

Esteban Gonzalez, a senior, would also vote for Bernie Sanders because “he is not Donald Trump.”

He feels Trump has the type of temperament that could start a war.

Gonzalez told the Banner that he took a political survey online and the results were that he most supported Sanders.  He is a cancer survivor and is aware of  the medical benefits of medical marijuana.

Gonzalez agrees with Sanders’ views on decriminalizing marijuana because, he says, it would keep people out of jail.

But Gonzalez said he’s even more fearful of Trump becoming president.

“I just don’t like him as president,” said Gonzalez. “If Trump wins, it is not good.”

Amaro admires Hillary Clinton because she is a woman but was turned off because she feels Clinton is part of “the 1%.”

Roseanne Caesar, a senior would also choose Hillary Clinton because she feels she is more qualified than other candidates.

“[Hillary Clinton] is experienced because her husband was president,” said Caesar.

“When you look at all the politicians, [Clinton] is probably the most qualified to be president,” said Devin Desire, sophomore.

According to Desire, he is thinking beyond his next three years of college. That is why he is choosing Clinton over Sanders.

While some put their faith in Clinton, others have second thoughts on her ability to deliver in office.

“I just don’t want Clinton or Trump to win,” said James Hertman, a senior at CSI. “Trump is off his rocker and Clinton has a history of selling out to corporations.”

Hertman also admires Sanders for his policies and having a history of being “behind the right political acts of his time.”

Cara Aspromonte, a senior at CSI, said she would vote for any Democratic candidate because she appreciates the values of the Democratic Party.

Democrats, she says, are largely pro-choice and pro-gay rights so they are the candidates she chooses.

“I believe the government should have no involvement in birth control and abortions,” Aspromonte said.

Some students are simply choosing not to vote this election altogether. Doshi Luba Rahman, a freshman at CSI, is one of them.

“I don’t like the atmosphere Trump has created,” said Doshi Luba Rahman, freshman. “If you’re going to judge people, that is not fair.”

As a Muslim, his campaign and views disappointed Rahman. The student told the Banner that Trump’s campaign affected the way she was viewed in a recent trip to Oklahoma.

“Our vote doesn’t count,” said Kevin Murphy, freshman. Murphy claims that the government “won’t allow us to choose who is in charge.”

“It is pointless to vote,” said Justin Mills, a junior at CSI. “No one from my generation is in power.”

According to Mills, it isn’t just an age factor in Washington, but it is about an old ideology.

A history of broken promises from politicians have turned some away from voting.

“They say one thing and then they don’t even think about it when they are elected,” said Rebecca Merzlyakov, a freshman at CSI.

From the series of interviews conducted, students realize the impact of this coming election.

The candidate that takes over the oval office in January 2017 will potentially be the make or break of our country.

“This is probably, hands down, the most important election of my generation,” said Gonzalez. “It could either go to the extreme left or the extreme right.”

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