Education, foreign policy key issues
Published: Saturday, September 22, 2012
Updated: Saturday, September 22, 2012 23:09
Southern University’s faculty and students prioritize education and foreign policy among the top ten issues for the 2012 Presidential campaign.
The continuing education cuts and tuition increases can possibly deter students from seeking a higher education, while concerns for peace among foreign countries remains at the top of the list.
Phillip Cox, a junior, history major from Vivian, La. sees education as one of the major issues at stake this November.
“Secondary education is really riding on this election,” Cox said. Cox said Mitt Romney doesn’t seem to make education affordable.
Mercedes White, a freshman speech pathology major from Shreveport agreed with Cox on education as the top issue.
“Education, that is what every one is here for” said White.
William Arp III, Dean of the Nelson Mandela school of Public Policy and Urban Affairs viewed the election campaign as having many important issues.
“The top issues tend to be economy, healthcare, medicare, social security, and for the brief moment foreign policy,” Arp said.
He said these issues as being important to the entire nation, and not to just Southern University personnel.
James Louis, a senior, secondary education major from Baton Rouge has questions about education because it is the issue he is most concerned about.
“What is going on with student loans and the budget cuts on a more state level,” Louis said.
Considering enlistment post graduation, Cox considered the conflicts in Africa a major concern.
“Uprising conflicts in Africa is a major issue to me because it could start a world war 3,” Cox said.
Abbie Albarez, a junior, mass communication major from Plaquemine, La. believes President Barack Obama has the best chance of fixing these issues in the United States.
“President Obama, because he is more focused on needs for everyone equally,” Albarez said.
White agreed with Albarez about which candidate can better mend issues in the United States.
“Obama, because he has a better plan for education and he plans on helping the middle class,” White said.
Although the opposition brings the viewpoint that hardly any change has occurred, Cox views the situation as President Obama having to finish his plans for all the change to be tangible.
“He just has to finish his plans,” Cox said, “He just has to complete his plans.”
However, Louis is less optimistic about the political process, but still plans on participating.
“Both candidates have the power, but rather if they will fix the problems remains to be seen,” Louis said.
CNN’s online election center lists the top ten issues from surveys they have conducted.
Economy, taxes, debt & deficit, jobs, healthcare, immigration, foreign policy, education, abortion, and same-sex marriage are listed in their top ten issues.
The election center also details the major differences in the strategies of President Obama and candidate Mitt Romney has towards these issues.