Pick the prez

It is being called the closest presidential race in recent history, but somehow our results came back overwhelmingly one-sided. When it comes to voicing their opinions on the next president, Penn students are not shy.

Kevin Rodin, College ’01
I will vote for Gore, mostly because I don’t like Bush. He’s not smart enough to be president.

Clara Teo, City and Regional Planning Master’s
Al Gore. I’m a Democrat, but issues like abortion and the environment are important, and he does a good job of portraying himself as a worthy candidate.

Brent McIvor, City and Regional Planning Master’s
Gore — I like his alternate energy program and I’m pro-choice. Those are the two biggest issues, and Bush is trying too hard to link Gore with Clinton.

Jen Ende, College ’01
Gore, for the pro-choice issue. Not many issues are relevant to people our age. Also the environment is pertinent. Plus I like Lieberman more than Cheney.

Anthony Barr, College ’01
I like Nader, but he’s not going to win and I don’t want sneaky little Bush for president.

Nick Sommer, College ’01
I don’t think I’ll know until I pull the curtain and then the moment of truth will hit me. I don’t like either — Gore will do whatever the polls tell him to do and Bush is just too much of a goofball. Gore is the biggest dork I’ve ever seen in my life.

Jay Wahl, College of General Studies
I’m definitely not a Bush person, definitely more of a Gore person, based on where they come from. Texas politics are not favorable to gay rights or gun control. It’s sort of geographic prejudice. However, Tipper’s views on censorship are a concern. If I had to pick anyone, I like Lieberman best — Barbra Streisand’s endorsement is a big factor!

Steven Lauridsen, Engineering ’03
Gore is the lesser of the two evils. Being from a conservative state like Nevada, I know how the opposite politics run and I don’t agree with that.

Stacy Carter, College ’03
It’s more that I dislike Bush than prefer Gore — it’s the conservatism more than anything.

Dana Gidney, College ’01
Gore. First, for women’s issues; I’m definitely pro-choice. Also, that Bush is focused more on the top 1 percent of the economy, mid to lower classes will he helped more with Gore. The economy is stable; there’s no real need for change.

Jeffrey Cowan, Wharton ’01
I’m also for Gore, but my opinions are mainly economic. Bush’s tax cut plans are ridiculous. We should continue the economy the way it’s been run; things have been going really well.

— Katie Claypoole



Originally published on October 26, 2000