Arizona State University students respond to that question Washington Post contributors asked Republican and Democratic National Convention-goers for Unconventional.
Megan Mayer, junior:“Overall, I like the Democratic environmental policies and their equal-rights idea. I am for gay rights. Even though I personally know Republicans who are not so conservative, the Republicans in the news are very conservative. I don’t like that.”
Brent Walters, junior: “My parents are Republicans, so that’s a factor. I helped start, in my high school in East Mesa, a club for young Republicans. I believe in fiscal responsibility and I’m a fan of very open commerce. I guess I believe in making your own luck. I find myself more of a fiscal Republican than a social one.”
Dani Tomlison, senior: “Generally I feel the Democrats’ platform reflects my views on how society should be run by the government. I’m pro-choice and I believe the LGBT community has the right to get married. Top-down economics don’t work.
“I don’t understand how any woman can vote Republican with the platform they’re running. I mean, every single republican voted against equal pay between men and women.”
Josh Brooks, junior: “I feel like the republican ideals fit with the way I perceive the world. I would say I’m more moderate. I don’t agree with the way democrats deal with finances and immigration policies. Those who work hard should be rewarded. They should be able to help in the way they want or can, not be forced to do so.”
Quotes reported by Dulce Paloma Baltazar Pedraza, photos by Amy Edelen (reporters for The State Press).