The candidate's not ideal, But the party's just right
Taylor Scheiner comes from a long line of Republicans: His grandparents, parents and two brothers are all conservative Republicans. “If you are not a Republican then you are not a Scheiner,” the University of Miami junior said.
Scheiner, 20, concedes that Mitt Romney is not his ideal choice for president, but he supports him “based on the last four years.”
Scheiner, from Jericho, N.Y., is a junior political science major at the University of Miami. He is adamant that Barack Obama does not deserve a second term as president of the United States.
Scheiner said Obama does not have the ability to respond to the needs of the American people, specifically on the economy. He said he believes that Obama’s efforts to improve the economy have been unnecessary and misguided. He brought up the “Cash for Clunkers” program as evidence that Obama does not have what it takes to improve the economy.
“Cash for Clunkers” was a federally funded program to encourage people to trade in their old cars and buy new ones. “The only way to improve the economy is to cut spending,” something he said Obama is reluctant to do.
Scheiner said Obama lacks expertise in foreign policy. Obama has failed to “ensure that our enemies remain weak,” he said. That Iran is about to have nuclear capabilities is evidence that Obama “should not be reelected,” he added.
Scheiner, who is politically active, is in a class this semester that focuses on the 2012 presidential election. As part of the course, he has participated in fundraising efforts, including organizing a watch party for the movie, “2016: Obama’s America.” The film depicts what the United States could be like in 2016 if Barack Obama were reelected. Scheiner has confidence in the film’s thesis. “In 2016,” he said, “America will no longer be considered the lone superpower in the world.”