Trinity Students Allyson Portee (president of the College Republicans) and Lauren Romero spent the last two weeks at the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire Primary. They stumped for Mitt Romney. Ally sent this message about their experience:
“I had a great time in Iowa and New Hampshire rooting for my candidate Mitt Romney. It was hard adjusting to the negative to seven degree temperatures in Iowa but I quickly got use to it. Both the Iowa Caucuses and the New Hampshire primary were important to me. To see American democracy hard at work really really touched me. Walking down the streets of Manchester, NH were both Democrats and Republicans rooting hard for their prospective candidate. Everywhere I looked I saw Clinton, McCain, Romney, Obama, Kucinich, Gravel, and Huckabee signs. Talking and meeting people from around the nation and around the world was very fun! I was able to see, hear, and debate what issues were important to them.
“The grassroots part of campaigning was also very insightful. Making hundreds of calls, waking up at 4:30am to put up signs, waving with signs during work hour traffic, walking door-to-door at night, etc. really helped me to understand my individual voice. Trinity strives to help women find their inner voice and share that opinion without hesitation, and that’s exactly what Lauren Romero and I did when we spoke with New Hampshire voters. I spoke with heart to share my candidate with others.
“My most memorable moment was seeing how Governor Romney was at peace with winning second in Iowa and New Hampshire, but at the same time optimistic about the GOP nomination. He told stories about his experience working with the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and how he was touched, and he then began to refer to his wins like Olympic medals. It got to a point where he and his wife began to remember and recognize me. That also felt very good.
“In conclusion, I believe that it is important for all young people to voice their opinion by voting. Of course everyone does not have to like or be involved in politics, but to be aware of ones own future is vital. I have spoken with young people that are eligible to vote on the campaign trail but they choose not to. I have also come to find out that there are Trinity students that are not registered voters. If people do not choose to vote, then they have no right to complain about a candidate that they do not like. Trinity women should set the example and be proud to vote. Was it not a struggle to allow women the right of suffrage? This year just like all the other DC colleges, Trinity needs to be proactive with this nation’s next president.
“Tomorrow I’m off to Myrtle Beach, SC in my home state to attend a first lady’s luncheon. All of the presidential candidate’s wives will be in attendance. Then I’m off to greet Governor Romney before he debates the other GOP candidates. I will also be at the Fox News live debate.”
Well said, Ally, and congratulations to you and Lauren for being out in front at this moment in history! You are following in the footsteps of great Trinity Women who have been part of major campaigns for the last century.
How about it, Trinity students? Who are you stumping for? Send me your stories and photos of your experiences on the campaign trail (or debating the issues here on campus) and I’ll share them on this blog.
PS — This blog is nonpartisan, and I will post comments from members of the Trinity community about all candidates as I receive them so long as the comments are well written, not attacking others, but relating your experiences and ideas during the campaign. My purpose is to stimulate campus-wide discussion of the campaign, the candidates and the issues. The choices are all up to you, the voters. Get involved! Speak up and speak out. Your ideas and votes count.