By Barry Saks
Student Crystal Gonzalez, 20, was sure President Barack Obama would win reelection and planned to vote for him.
Gonzalez said, “President Obama has promoted equality. He appointed Justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. He is emphasizing gender equality in the workforce.
“He has helped immigrant children by allowing them to continue their education here.”
Christian Gonzales, 19, an architecture and mechanical engineering major, agrees with his sister that Obama would win. Gonzalez said, “I think Obama has been trying to get us out of trouble, for instance the economy.
“He brought back the troops from Iraq. He gave us national healthcare.”
Anthony Bevins, 44, an astrophysics major, said, “I think Obama will win by a small margin, less than two percent. If he’s reelected he’ll have more time to deal with education policy.”
Kenneth Graham, a part-time political science instructor, was adamant Obama would be reelected. Graham said Obama restored confidence in our foreign policy and brought down Osama bin Laden.
While Rhonda Fyfe, 42, a speech communications major, thought that Obama was going to win, Fyfe supported Governor Mitt Romney.
Fyfe said she supported Romney because he understood Israel is an important ally and because Romney is a “God-fearing man.”
Sara Murcia, 27, a nursing major, like Fyfe, thought Obama would win, but supported Romney. Murcia said, “I’m a Republican, but not as conservative as Romney. I believe he (Obama) promised a lot of change, but a lot of it did not come about.”
Murcia said she pays for all her own expenses, she added, “I believe if a student wants to finish school with or without student aid, they will.”
Meanwhile, student Robert Webster thought Romney would win. Webster said, “I think this election and Hurricane Sandy are indicators for the American people.
“The American people should be mindful of domestic concerns.”
Assistant Professor Janet Hund, who teaches sociology, said, “I think public education should be affordable for all who are serious students.
“I am extremely concerned about the state of LBCC students, my children, the Long Beach community, the state of California and the nation. I don’t want to live in a nation that does not value education.”The websites of both presidential candidates addressed education.
According to the Romney’s, Romney would “take the unprecedented step of tying federal funds directly to dramatic reforms that expand parental choice,” would allow low income and special needs students to choose which school to attend by making funding portable, would recruit teachers by eliminating unnecessary certification requirements and would spur student access to higher education by simplifying the financial aid system and by welcoming private sector participation.
According to the Obama’s, “To help students better afford a college education, President Obama ended billions in subsidies wasted on banks and used the savings to double investments in Pell Grants.
“He established a college tax credit for students and their families worth up to $10,000 over four years of college.
“He set a goal to … cut the growth of college tuition and fees in half over the next 10 years, a goal that will save the typical student thousands of dollars a year.”
Obama won re-election with 303 electoral votes and 60,350,614 popular votes.
Romney lost the race with 206 electoral votes and 57,561,083 popular votes.