President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden will face off on Nov. 3 in the general presidential election. Both campaigns are attempting to court the youth vote in Pennsylvania, which political analysts say could decide the election.
The Biden Campaign has proposed ways to make college tuition free, specifically for four years if they come from a family with income below $250,000. Biden also supports canceling $10,000 worth of federal debt for every person in America who owes federal student loans. This proposal is part of his plans to address the COVID-19 pandemic.
President Trump has announced support to end Federal Service Loan Forgiveness, a program that forgives federal student loan debt for people who work for federal jobs and non-profits and qualify after 10 years of successfully completing federal loan payments.
The Trump Campaign has been holding multiple rallies a week in Pennsylvania. At his most recent rally in Allentown, President Trump accused Governor Tom Wolf of attempting to suppress his rallies.
“I’ll remember it, Tom. I’m gonna remember it, Tom. ‘Hello, Mr. President, this is Governor Wolf, I need help, I need help.’ You know what? These people are bad,” President Trump said at the rally.
Many Point Park students have said that the reason they’re voting for Biden is because they are fearful of what President Trump could do in a second term.
“Obviously I am voting for Biden because the alternative is four more years of crap,” Zachary Wittman, a junior Sports Arts and Entertainment Management (SAEM) major said.
“I am voting for Joe Biden because I do not want the country to burn down,” Mason Dowd, a sophomore acting major, said.
Dowd cited fears that a Trump victory could insight violence and that Trump’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic was not as good as it should have been.
Not every Point Park student is voting for Biden. Many students voting for Trump have cited his economic policies and his tax plans.
“I am voting for Trump. I am voting for him because I agree with a lot of the policies he has and I truly believe he’s done a lot more for this country than others see,” a student, who requested to remain anonymous, said.
One thing both Trump voters on campus and Biden voters on campus have in common: they’re voting for the person they believe to be the lesser of two evils.
Many Biden voters don’t consider themselves to be supporters of him but simply want Trump to lose.
“I really don’t want to be out here doing positive press for Joe Biden,” Noah Neal, a junior cinema productions major, said.
Likewise, many Trump voters don’t agree with everything Trump does but are afraid of what a Biden presidency could look like.
“I am also voting for Trump because I think he’s the lesser of two evils when it comes down to him and Biden,” the student who requested anonymity said.
For many students, this election will be their first time voting.
“I haven’t voted yet because this is my first election and I’m nervous on how to vote so I’ll be voting in person, not that I don’t trust mail in it’s just my first, so I want to do it in person,” Wittman said.