Voters’ interests range broadly from jobs to education

Editor’s note: Reporters from Writing and Reporting News I fanned out across the area to talk to voters about the issues that are most important to them in this presidential election. Here’s a collection of their interviews:

MSU freshman Darren Weiss, who identifies as a Republican, said there are two issues for him: jobs and taxes. “I like Romney’s plan to bring back jobs,” said Weiss, of Birmingham, as he filled his gas tank recently at an East Lansing station. “Not taxing the rich as much will therefore create more money and jobs for the middle class, which I consider myself to be a part of.”

Then, as Weiss shook his head in confidence, he said, “You know, although it may have seemed like Obama would win this election in a landslide a few months ago, I think that Romney has snuck up on a lot of people, especially after that positive showing in the first presidential debate.”
— Max Gun
Alyssa Eastwood was at MSU’s Main Library studying economics — her major and the important issue to her in the presidential election. Eastwood, a senior, considers herself a liberal, but said that in high school she was more conservative.

Old Town residents see Obama and Romney equal after two

By Kara Albrecht
Old Town Lansing Times Staff Writer

LANSING, MI. – Old Town Lansing residents said President Obama has re-joined the presidential race after his performance in the first debate. According to CBS News,  many Americans said Mitt Romney won the debate. However, the second debate was a tie. Old Town Resident Amy Kwiatkowski said, “I think Obama represented himself better in the second debate due to his knowledge of the subjects discussed, his persona and he did not try to bash Romney as much as Romney did him.”

Old Town resident Ryan Hodges, who is not even an Obama endorser, felt Obama won the second debate against Romney. “I dislike him, but he represented himself better,” Hodges said.

MSU Students Talk Presidential Candidates in Advertising

By James Dau
MI First Election

Michigan State students talk about how they feel Romney and Obama convey themselves in advertising. The result was incredibly pessimistic, as most students felt both candidates were too concerned with attacking one another than addressing serious issues. A few students held a more nuanced view of the subject, but by and large this was the case. Here’s some of the best samples.

MSU Students and Faculty talk about Important Election Issues

By Rose Keane
MI First Election

With issues like abortion, the economy, the war, and the deficit polarizing voters across the country, Rose Keane asks the students and faculty of Michigan State University’s Lansing campus what issues are most important to them. Healthcare and the deficit were the most commonly given answers.