by Nathan Grutchfield
The interview occurred before Rubio, Cruz and Kasich dropped out of the presidential race leaving Trump the presumptive nominee.
MONTPELIER — In Vermont’s capital city, bustling with political interest from ordinary people, one place where the conversation is most powerful is at the high school. Here, young people debate and converse about the issues that matter and will affect their futures. Take the cost of college, or the wage gap in the United States. In the upcoming years and presidencies, these same interested kids will grow into involved and influential instigators of change.
When the United States presidential campaign still had multiple Republican candidates earlier this spring, The Bridge interviewed students, as well as teachers, from around the school about the presidential candidate they would be supporting in the upcoming election. Here are the results, complete with the interviewee, their age or taught subject and opinion.
Jackson Markow, Grade 10: I support Bernie Sanders right now. He’s not provided sufficient evidence that he is going to make it to the nomination, but he’s [also] not far from it.
Adam Blair, Grade 9: Bernie Sanders is great. I think that his stance on college tuition, seeing as that costs quite a bit and I don’t want to pay a disgusting amount of money towards that, would be really beneficial for my future.
Anisa Venner-Johnston, Grade 12: As of now I’m undecided. I really like ideas Bernie has to offer, but I think they’re a little extreme and too much for this country at this time. I like [John] Kasich.
George Huang, Grade 10: Marco Rubio is my candidate of choice. He is not rogue, like Donald Trump, and seems to be the best option for the Republican Party since he is bright, optimistic, and plans for policies that are practical and implementable.
Matt Link, Athletic Director: Bernie, basically [because] he’s different. I think with Hillary [Clinton], it would be more of the same. It would be big-business, Washington type of stuff, and I don’t appreciate the fact that she’s got a lot of big banks supporting her, through her SuperPAC. With Bernie, obviously he has the union supporting him and visual contributions, I like that. And the Republicans just scare me.
CharlieDan Sheffy, (English 9 and 10, Elective Power and Influence): I believe that Bernie Sanders offers a refreshing new perspective on politics. I think that what he’s proposing in terms of taxes for our country is going to move us in the right direction. When you look at the proposed tax plan for 1 dollar to let’s say $25,000 [it] is about ten percent. *After that the next bracket is 15 percent. Then you’re looking at about 20 percent, 27 percent. People who are making between $200,000 and 500,000 a year — nothing changes in your tax plan under Bernie Sanders. There are all these rumors about how our tax rates are going to go up. That’s just not the case…
Secondly, I want to live in a society that focuses on people, and not the bottom line. I think that having health care as a right is controversial, and I’m not sure that having a constitutional amendment is the right way to go about it, however focusing on healthcare and allocating our tax funds to pay for medicine, and not bombs, is how I want my money to be used.
*Bernie Sanders’s proposed tax plan features a 12.2 percent tax rate on single filers up to $9,275. Then it is 17.2 percent for single filers up to $37,650, 27.2 percent up to $91,150, 30.2 percent up to $190,150, and between $250,000 and $500,000, it is 45.2 percent.