Readers speak out on U.S. vote

2008-11-04 00:00

ON the eve of the United States presidential elections, The Witness asked people on the streets to reveal their preferred candidate to take over at the White House.

Respondents were unanimous in their call for Barack Obama to be president, citing change as the basis of their choice. “I hope Barack Obama wins because he is going to change the American economic status and that can only mean a better economy for our country as well,” Rae Pretorius of central Pietermaritzburg said.

Julia Tshimanga said John McCain brings nothing different to what George W. Bush has done for Americans and Africa. “Obama is a Democrat and he will revive the current economic crisis that the Bush administration has created.”

A Scottsville resident currently in Maryland, Rohan Martyres, said Obama will clinch the elections with comfort. “The American people are in dire need of change and Obama is the right person to lead the country effectively. The past eight years have been some of the worst in the history of the United States. It is now time for the U.S. to show true leadership and emerge from the hopelessness and despair that has been created by the current administration. The world is watching and now is the time to show the progressive, fresh approach that Obama will bring.”

Jeevan Harriparsad said Obama represents the people. “He is for the people and he will win for the people. He is sincere; he is one of us. He comes from humble beginnings, an African and black like me.”

Roxanne Durbal from the PMB northern suburbs agreed. “Obama will be the president, he speaks for the youth, giving hope for young people who still have dreams. He is bringing change in many ways. He will be the first black American president and it’s about time that happened.”

Paul Murphy, a US citizen from the state of Virginia who emailed The Witness, backed John McCain.

“He is the best qualified candidate. John McCain is not a Socialist.”

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