ELN: Views vary on historic election

Young or old, voters had a historic decision to make Tuesday: Elect the first black president or the first woman vice president.

“I had a hard time choosing between the two ,” said Earl Jones, 93, of Grand Junction. “It’s going to be interesting.”

Jones has voted in presidential elections since President Franklin D. Roosevelt, he said. He voted Tuesday at The Atrium, where he lives.

He said his friends were more focused on gender than race in this election.

“Some don’t think a woman can be president,” Jones said. “Others were not (concerned) because he is black, but because of his theories and tax breaks.”

Brea Thompson, 21, a Mesa State College student, said she is concerned people voted based on gender and race and not by the issues.

“I think it’s really good that we’re breaking the glass,” she said. “But it’s kind of naive.”

Conrad Ippolito, 18, of Grand Junction, said he voted for Barack Obama because he wants to see affirmative action revised.

Ippolito and Thompson said they were excited that their first presidential election as voters turned out to be so historic.


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