Environmental Politics – Where the candidates stand and why Obama won me over.
Every other blogger’s written about the oh-so-close election. And now it’s my chance. First things first – I’m proudly voting for Senator Obama, as a democrat and as an environmentalist. And more than his stance on off-shore drilling, I’m floored by his seamless campaign.
Obama wants my vote
As a PR student analyzing the McCain and Obama camps, Obama blows him out of the water. Even tough college students tend to go blue and this county usually votes blue too, Barack’s still reaching out to me. Every day:
- I get at least two emails daily from Joe, Barack, Michelle or someone else. Every email is solely first-name basis – showing informality, a relationship. The first thing I see in the morning for the past year is Obama.
- When I sign on to Facebook, Barack’s smiling at me and telling me to vote in Ohio now. And on YouTube and on Pandora Radio. He never lets me forget him.
- When I get home, he’s in my mailbox and on a flier slid under my front door.
- And Obama messages are on TV while I chow down on my Lean Cuisine.
Even if I was an undecided voter, I’d be more inclined to vote Obama becuase I’ve heard, seen his message more. McCain has done nothing to gain my support. Nothing besides an ad here and there on YouTube and TV. It’s as if MCCain just decided he had no chance in North East Ohio so he threw in the towel. He stopped caring about my vote. Obama, on the other hand communicates with me every day. And we all know public relations boils down to relationships. Obama’s gained my support not only through his issue stances but because he wants a relationship, he wants my vote.
Word to your mother…earth
Now let me switch gears to the environmental issue at hand. Both McCain and Obama have plans to steer us away from depending on the middle east to power our nation. McCain’s emphasis is to “drill baby drill” in Alaska. In the National Artic Wildlife Refuge no less. And Obama wants to invest upwards of $50 billion in new, clean energy and jobs. This may sound a little off, but I agree with Paris.
For a line by line stance on the environment from the candidates, it’s here.
On behalf of the environment and the democratic party, Senator Obama will get on vote on November 4. See you at the polls.