Focus should be on economic recovery
Nick Rodriguez, 18, dislikes that people write off Romney for not supporting gay marriage.
“I am personally gay,” Rodriguez said, “and I just voted for Romney.”
Rodriguez, who showed up in his plaid pajamas at the BankUnited Center polling place in Coral Gables, said the electorate has bigger worries: “Making sure the country doesn’t go bankrupt,” he said. “I’m willing to put aside personal rights for the betterment of the economy.”
Regardless of whether Romney wins the election, Rodriguez said he doesn’t think gay marriage will be constitutionally amended because he doubts it will receive enough congressional support.
“If I want that right to marry, I will just go to another state that allows it,” Rodriguez said.
A Tampa native, Rodriguez is a freshman at the University of Miami, where he is majoring in computer science and criminology. He said he was raised conservatively, but now identifies his beliefs as fiscally conservative and socially liberal.
Regarding the environment, Rodriguez said Obama catered more to environmentalists’ concerns, whereas the Republicans merely brushed the issue off. Rodriguez is opposed to Romney’s approach on this one. He said whether global warming is a real issue or not needs to be addressed. “If we ignore it, then realize in 50 years it’s actually a serious problem, it’s going to be too late,” he said.
Rodriguez said he was getting annoyed with all the Facebook posts about politics, but he’s glad so many people showed up to vote. “Some people are narrow-minded,” he said, “but they’re still doing what they should, and that gives me hope for our generation for the future.”