I just turned 18 this year, and my first presidential vote will be for Barack Obama. There are a lot of reasons, but this is the condensed version:
I am going to college this year - in fact, I just finished my last high school course last week. My mom is currently going back to school herself and going into loan and credit card debt, and my dad and his wife live on a shoestring budget. I couldn’t even attend community college on the “borrow money from your parents” plan. I don’t want a president who cannot understand that student aid is a vital part of many young people’s education.
I am female, and I want the autonomy to make my own healthcare decisions based on what’s right for my body, not someone else’s view of the world.
I am queer, and I want a President who recognises my validity as a person and believes I should have equal rights. I don’t know if I want to get married legally, but I’d like to at least have the option, not to mention that I want to feel safe and not have to fear hate crimes.
I’ll keep fighting for these issues and others no matter what, but I’d feel a lot safer if I knew the President was still standing behind me come January.