Although elections are over, the conversation concerning the results and implications of Tuesday night’s events are far from over.
Many Weber State University students said they were happy with the election outcomes.
Kristie Wiliamson, a WSU senior, said she supports President Barack Obama because change takes a while and doesn’t happen overnight. Others said they were relieved because they were wary of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy plans.
“I am really happy that Obama won,” said Anya Kietzman, a WSU sophomore who is originally from Ukraine. “First of all, I think he is a good president, and second of all, I felt that with Romney, we were going to get into a lot of wars with other countries. I felt it wasn’t going to be peaceful if he was president.”
Nate Lower, a WSU junior, echoed Kietzman’s concerns about Romney.
“I had mixed feelings about both candidates, but I did feel Obama was the better of the two, because the impression I got off Romney was that he seemed a little war-happy,” he said.
However, others said they were disappointed with the election results and expressed their fears about the future.
“It’s going to be another four years like the previous,” said Chris Higgs, a freshman. “The deficit is going to increase, and the taxes will get higher.”
Ashley Larsen, another freshman, said she thinks Romney would have been more capable of helping the economy.
“Mitt Romney is a businessman who was balanced and could show he could work across the table,” she said. “I don’t think the next four years are going to change that much.”
She also said she is glad Sen. Orrin Hatch will head back to the Senate for another term.
“The Senate is run by seniority, and so the fact that he has been back there so long (means) he is actually one of the more powerful members,” she said.
Many students said they paid much more attention to the presidential race than to U.S. congressional, senatorial or local elections. Emma Dugan, a sophomore, said that is a shame, because many people don’t fully understand what the president can and cannot do.
“They go and talk and argue about these things that really the president has no power (to do) — it’s Congress,” she said. “They can fight and put out these plans as much as they want, (but) the president just has influence . . . I don’t think either one is going to be able to change things as much as people think.”