It’s very obvious that the national presidential election is actually just a battle in the ten swing states: Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.
But what about the rest of us residing in the other 40 states? Are we not as important to the candidates?
Reality will tell us that it makes more sense for candidates to spend their millions of dollars and minimal time in states where they stand a chance at grabbing undecided voters. As opposed to my home state, New York, or even in Delaware where I attend college, it is universally understood that these states are likely to turn blue on November 6.
Up until today, I was okay with this. I’d rather not be bombarded with one negative campaign ad after the next. But my friend at the University of Miami just texted me a picture of her ticket to hear President Barack Obama this Thursday, October 11 in Coral Gables, Florida. This came a few weeks after this same friend sent me a picture of her Mitt Romney rally ticket in Miami.
I don’t know about the average college student, but wouldn’t it be awesome to hear the presidential candidates speak at school? What better way to hear both sides and objectively cast a vote, without having the media creating ideas for us to latch onto?
Even though I don’t live or attend school in a swing state, it would still be nice to have my fellow students exposed to national politics in a fun and engaging manner. Admittedly, Vice President Joe Biden came to campus last year as a UD alumni. But wouldn’t it be great to say, “I saw the President speak in person at my college?” I guess I can’t have the Vice-President and the presidential candidates too.