WATERLOO, Iowa (KWWL) – They say “children are the future” and, if the young voter turnout from last year’s midterm is any indication, the future could come in fighting in 2020.
KWWL asked the Waterloo Community School District to introduce us to a handful of students who were passionate about politics.
Each of the four students we interviewed had some sort of political experience whether that was student senate, youth city council, or just volunteering for campaigns.
Tristan Corcoran, Samuel Caughron, Natalie Seeman, and Alexus Imbouathong are all seniors at Waterloo’s West High School.
“I’m voting for someone who’s going to focus on education and financial aid,” said Seeman when asked what issues mattered to her.
“My main focus is climate change,” said Caughron.
They also shared their thoughts on the Democratic presidential candidates.
“I think if the Democrats are going for Joe Biden, then no,” said Caughron, who explained he thought that Trump would come out on top if the DNC selected the former vice president.
This wasn’t surprising as the former vice president polls better with older voters while Senator Bernie Sanders has the opposite issue. However, none of the students thought Sanders was a good choice either.
They said getting a far left candidate like Sanders or even Senator Elizabeth Warren would be a bad idea, saying ideas like medicare for all are too radical to accomplish quickly and that major systemic change would take time.
So, we asked which candidates intrigued them.
“I would love to see Pete on the presidential ballot,” said Corcoran.
“I like Harris too though, I think she’s very educated and I think she’s very driven. I think, she’s, unlike Bernie, she’s someone who could fit the situation in America right now,” said Seeman.
Pete Buttigieg, Senator Kamala Harris, Beto O’Rourke, and Andrew yang were all candidates the students describe as focused and moderate which is something they’d like to see.
“I think someone that focuses more on what we can do this in the next 4 years, rather than the next 40 years,” said Seeman.
The students say they’re sick of a polarizing, political divide that the titles of Republican or Democrat divide people more than their actual views.
“People probably have conflicting views, I agree with something on the left, I agree with something on the right, but I have to identify as one,” said Imbouathong.
“The original founding fathers, specifically George Washington, explained that we cannot do a two political party system or we would not be able to have a functioning government and that’s what happened,” said Caughron.
Washington said it as he was leaving office, “The common and continual mischiefs of the spirit of party are sufficient to make it the interest and duty of a wise people to discourage and restrain it.”
As for the students, they think all politicians would be wise to look at the youth for what’s to come.
“The baby boomers, as unfortunate as that is, their time has probably past in the political world. The millennials and Gen S, that’s just tomorrow.”
The students also shared their thoughts on gun control: