Environmental Politics – Where the candidates stand and why Obama won me over.

October 22, 2008 at 5:28 pm 12 comments


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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. When I get home, he’s in my mailbox and on a flier slid under my front door.
  4. 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.

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Laurel and Amy Carlson  |  October 22, 2008 at 7:37 pm

    I totally agree with your stance on McCain throwing in the towel in your region of Ohio. While, Obama continues to campaign. It’s almost like if McCain knows he can’t just “have” the region because they are not republican then he doesn’t need to work for it. Which, in my mind, doesn’t make any sense. Great sit by the way!

  • 2. Katelyn Luysterborg  |  October 23, 2008 at 4:13 am

    It’s refreshing to see a candidate who hasn’t forgotten about us. We are the future of this country and it’s unfortunate that our generation, who cares more about Facebook than the economic bailout, doesn’t vote, no matter how many celebrities try to get us to. We should care more about the future of our country. I’m glad Barak Obama sees that and is really trying to reach out to our “lost’ generation.

  • 3. brittanythoma13  |  October 24, 2008 at 2:41 am

    Thanks for stopping in, ladies. I appreciate it. I’m so glad to see others see what I see from the two presidentials hopefuls. It is really cool to see Obama reaching out to us. No one’s ever cared about our voice before now. Go generation Y! Someone sees our potential.

  • 4. Holly Montjoy  |  October 24, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    I have to say, from the North Carolina perspective, that I also feel like McCain gave up on me. It’s different here though because McCain hasn’t neglected N.C. because he knew we wouldn’t go blue; instead, he took us being “red” for granted. This is why I love Obama- he BELIEVES he can bring about change. And for those who doubt him, I encourage them to count the “red” states voting blue. Yayyyy!!!

    Awesome blog- well said.

  • 5. brittanythoma13  |  October 24, 2008 at 11:36 pm

    If McCain’s given up in my vote and he’s given up on your vote, then who is he targeting? Only the swing states? If so, that’s a dangerous strategy. It’s good to know what the advertising is like in the south. Thanks, Holly.

  • 6. Oussama Saleh  |  October 25, 2008 at 5:29 am

    First of all, I wanted to say kudos on digging through the trash to rescue an aluminum or plastic can. I do it all the time and the sneers and jeers never fail to come. It is true the democrats traditionally have been more “enviormentally friendly” than republicans and Obama is definetly promising green. I do hope that when elected he would reverse some of Bush’s laws and reassume the US’s role in leading the world in curbing green house emitions and global warming.

  • 7. brittanythoma13  |  October 28, 2008 at 7:31 pm

    A fellow trash digger! Welcome, Oussama. I agree whole-heartedly with repositioning the US as a country that cares about the environment – cough, cough Kyoto Protocol.

  • 8. Rob Jewell  |  November 4, 2008 at 5:54 pm

    Brittany,

    I agree with you completely. The Obama campaign has been impressive with its use of new and social media. It most likely started from the early days of his campaign, but I first noticed it when I received an e-mail telling me that Obama was picking Joe Biden as his VP running mate. Hasn’t stopped since. I have received constant e-mails with information about the campaign, the need for money and most recently the need to get people to vote.

    By the way, I’m still undecided about whether to order any frozen food from the company on mccain.com. Time will tell I guess.

    And I like your blog.

  • 9. brittanythoma13  |  November 6, 2008 at 12:09 am

    I’m honored you stopped by, Rob. Thanks. I’m not quite the seasoned blogger that you are but I’m enjoying this new-found realm of writing and interaction.

  • 10. Vanessa Gabriele  |  November 25, 2008 at 6:55 pm

    I completely agree with a lot of the things that you said in this particular section of your blog. While I may have gotten a huge dose of political commercials by both candidates, I never felt that McCain truly tried to reach out to the college/young work force vote in Ohio. On the other hand, Obama was constantly a force to be reckoned with. While I was definately casting my vote for Obama, even if I had not wanted to there would be no escaping him. He truly tried to reach out to college students and make his issues known. He used a lot of varied media resources as well to reach out to the younger generations.

  • 11. lauren goik  |  November 25, 2008 at 7:15 pm

    Now that the election is over, we can see how much of a success Obama’s campaigning techniques were. Like you said, endorsements for Obama were everywhere you looked, however I never felt that they were being forced upon me. It may be because I never considered voting for McCain in the first place, but Obama never attacked McCain’s character and always seemed so personable and dedicated in his commercials. Obama and McCain, like their views on the environment had very different ideas on how to reach the American people. In the past, young voters have been reluctant to vote because the presidential candidates never really had a strong impact in dealing with common issues like healthcare and the cost of educaton. But young voters this year were extremely active. On Nov. 4th everyone was wearing Obama t-shirts, pins, holding posters, you name it. It’s no wonder he’s become an icon now. Obama is a great speaker because you can’t wait to listen to what he has to say. He used PR perfectly throughout his campaign and still today. He humanized himself by always relating to the crowds he spoke to, and not appearing to be superior. He has really taken to heart the struggles and problems people have told him about and has shared a lot of personal experiences with the public. When accusations of him being a socialist and terrorist came about, he handled it very professionally. His website was extremely educational and easy to learn from and he made sure you knew that he wanted to help you. He overall built a lot of trust with people of the United States buy reaching out to them in any way possible. The fact that Obama wanted the country to know so much about himself shows how selfless and in touch he really is.

  • 12. brittanythoma13  |  November 26, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    I appreicate your input, ladies. I’m glad to see you to saw what I saw from the president-elect and his effect on our generation. His campaign was incredible and he’s set the bar pretty high for anyone running in the future.

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