By Maggie Seppi, UNF Student Reporter
Staniqua Clark (left) and Kristin Dravis (right) answered the same question Washington Post journalists posed to subjects in their recent “Liberty through the Lens” question: Regardless of party affiliation, which candidate does the best job addressing women’s issues, Obama or Romney?
Clark is a Jacksonville native and a political science junior. Dravis, who is from Palm City, Fla., is double majoring in political science and international relations.
Clark is a registered Democrat, while Dravis is a registered Republican. Here is what the two had to say.
Clark: “They’re both on the same plane to me. Obama seems pretty back and forth; now he’s solidly for abortion, but when he started his election, he was against it. They’re both for the votes, but I feel as though Obama doesn’t bring it to the surface until he’s asked or until he’s in the spotlight. And with Romney, I think all his ideologies have remained solid.”
Dravis: “Obama is more for American politics, but Romney really focuses on foreign women’s rights, which I think is really important. Obama never really discusses that, but Romney wants to get rid of Bashar Al-Assad because he thinks the women there are being undermined. And Obama addressed that, and was like: ‘It’s not our place.’ I think Romney is in the right, so I’m more for Romney’s foreign policy. As far as in the U.S., Romney, because of his religious affiliation, is anti-abortion, and I’m pro-choice. But I think he’d be open to discussing it because he’s said that several times. And despite his religious affiliation, he’s been talking to women and women’s rights groups. I just think it’s nice he’s open-minded about that.”