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Michigan Students Give Romney Low Marks


By Monica
Michigan – Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney may have won Michigan’s
Republican primary Tuesday but young people remain skeptical.
Ugrinovskiy, a first year student at College for Creative Studies in Detroit,
said,  “I’m not happy he won. He doesn’t
believe in Michigan.”
“At the same
time,” she said, “there’s not a good Republican to vote for either. While I
usually side Republican, I can’t this election.”
defeated top challenger Rick Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator, by a
41-38 margin in the GOP primary. Romney remains the most likely Republican to
get his party’s backing to challenge incumbent President Barack Obama in
On the day
of the primary, high school students around Michigan did not show much concern
with the voting – and they were still blasé about it after the ballots were
counted. However, most high school students are too young to vote themselves.
students, who are usually old enough to vote, were more passionate. But at
least some are not too thrilled about Romney.
Josh Foster, a first year student at Michigan State
University, said, “I personally do not think Mitt Romney should have won the
Michigan primary.”
“Though he has a fair grasp of economics, his views on
civil rights are archaic at best,” Foster said.
Romney “is a master of pandering to whoever he thinks holds
the most power over his campaign and in that regard he is a true politician. I
do not think a man who is so quick to change his opinion on laws that would
govern people’s lives should be in a position of power,” Foster said.
“He is a man who says he fights for the American Ideal but
constantly seems to forget what that it is,” Foster said.
Kate Lambert, a University of Michigan student who calls
herself a liberal Democrat, said Romney’s win was “not much of a victory
in my eyes. Sure, he won the popular vote in Michigan, but Santorum trailed
closely behind and the two both acquired 15 delegates.”
She said, “This
must have been at least partly due to Democrats who decided to vote for
Santorum and the other minor candidates to take away votes from Romney.
Regardless, Romney had the extra advantage of having grown up in Michigan,
although his respect for our state was poorly reflected in his pitiful ‘I love
cars’ speech.”
A Central
Michigan student, Megan Blaze, said that she didn’t follow the primary closely
but she’s glad that Santorum did not win.
It appears
that, at least for college students in Michigan, Romney’s win may only have
meant that people disliked him less than his competitors.