Education reform, auto bailout gain support


William Harnett at the BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Fla.Photo by Priscilla Greenidge

Picking 'someone with realistic views'

William Harnett, 84, folded his arms as the wind blew through the winding line at the BankUnited Center, checking his watch and waiting his turn to vote on his 17th presidential ballot.

“He’s shown leadership. He took the whole automobile industry off the streets,” said Harnett referring to President Barack Obama.

Harnett, who owned leasing and insurance companies for 50 years, said he had seen the decline and rebound of the automobile industry and believes Obama made the right decision to bail out the industry.

“I think it’s going to be like the 1932 election when Roosevelt won; I think it is going to be a blowout for Obama,” explained Harnett. He says Obama cares about the whole country, while Romney thinks about his own wallet.

“He’s like typical people with money – he keeps it close to his chest,” said Harnett.

Alaine Tate, a 19-year-old junior at the University of Miami was a few spots ahead of Harnett. She stopped at the polls before her afternoon classes, wearing an ACC track sweater to protect herself from the chilly weather. Holding her textbooks, she rested her legs and sat on a lawn chair. Tate and Harnett shared some of the same negative sentiments toward Romney.

“Obama feels that education should be affordable so most can earn an education,” she said. “While Romney feels education is a luxury.”

Like many college students, Tate feared the possibility of having to pay thousands of dollars in loans for a college education.

“I want to vote for someone with realistic views,” she said.

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One response to “Education reform, auto bailout gain support”

  1. Skylar F. says:

    Your picture perfectly complements your story, especially because you describe Harnett’s physical image in the first paragraph of your story. I love how you included Harnett’s past voting experiences. It is interesting how he related the 2012 election to the 1932 election. I also think it was creative of you to include two very different people (in terms of age and gender) that were voting for the same candidate. It shows how candidates appeal to a wide range of people for a variety of reasons.

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