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Campus Political Groups Rev Up for Presidential Election

By Erica Messner
University Communications

With presidential election preparations in full swing, on-campus political groups are getting their share of the limelight. Local Rochester news station WROC-TV News 8 featured both the College Republicans and the College Democrats as they gathered to watch their party’s National Convention.

On Thursday, August 30, the College Republicans held an event to celebrate Mitt Romney’s acceptance of the Republican nomination. The News 8 report featured interviews with several of the club’s officers including Trevor Parke ’14, Jaclyn Reinhart ’14, and Kelly Kasle ’14 about their reaction to Romney’s speech and candidacy. Students cited concerns about the economy and Obama’s health care plan as motivators for their support of Romney in the upcoming election.

Not to be outdone, the College Democrats held their own event Thursday, September 6, to view the Democratic National Convention, where President Obama accepted the party’s nomination. According to the News 8 segment, more than 50 students attended the event. The students discussed legislation supported by Obama that has positively affected their lives, including the Affordable Health Care Act and financial aid legislation. The clip featured Interviews with students Andrew Cutillo ’13, president of the College Democrats, club member Jenny Hansler ’15, and Anthony Salazar ’15.

Rochester’s thriving partisan organizations offer opportunities for students on both the red and blue sides of the November election. Additionally, students who would like to be involved in a non-partisan political organization can apply to be part of the Committee for Political Engagement (previously R’ World, R’ Vote), supported by the Rochester Center for Community Leadership.

Erica Messner ’12(T5) is an intern in University Communications. Messner, who majored in political science and music, was a member of the Urban Fellows Class of 2010 and also served as an Election Fellow, also a RCCL program.

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