US President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger Joe Biden are battling for the presidency in a sharply divided United States.
Trump has been specializing in “law and order”, Biden has been making an attempt to strike a conciliatory notice. The Black Lives Matter motion, and whether or not Trump will launch his taxes are among the many many points Americans will contemplate when selecting their president.
As the hotly contested election approaches, Al Jazeera has been chatting with voters throughout the US asking 9 questions to know who they’re supporting and why.
Occupation: Regional Organizing Director for SubsequentGen America
Residence: Dane County, Wisconsin
Voted in 2016: Hillary Clinton
Will vote in 2020: Joe Biden
Top election problem: Climate Change
Will you vote? Why or why not?
“It’s actually necessary to vote and for everybody to vote as a result of it’s our manner, on this nation, of getting our say in politics most straight.
“There have been so many races which have come so shut. I imply in 2016, among the many battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin, I feel it got here all the way down to 70,000 or 80,000 folks – that’s sufficient for a soccer stadium, so it got here all the way down to a soccer stadium price of individuals. And I do know in Virginia, the place I grew up, there have been some actually shut state legislature races, one coming all the way down to pulling a reputation out of a bowl.
“So, really, everyone’s vote matters. It’s the way to have your say in what you think the future of our country or your city should look like. Everyone should go out and vote!”
What is your primary problem?
“My primary problem this election is local weather change. I feel for folks in my technology – I’m on the cusp of a millennial and Gen Z – I feel for folks about my age, local weather change is basically necessary to us as a result of we’re already seeing it occur proper now.
“The West Coast is on fireplace, their skies are actually orange. I feel I learn someplace that they ran out of names to call hurricanes within the Southeast as a result of there have been so many this season, which is horrible, however it actually simply exhibits that we’re already feeling the consequences of local weather change now and it’s taking place all around the world.
“We really need to step up and make sure we’re voting this fall for someone who is going to take climate change seriously.”
Who will you vote for?
“I’m voting for Joe Biden.”
Is there a principal motive you selected your candidate?
“Just relating again to local weather change, I feel Joe Biden has actually proven, since he clinched the nomination earlier this 12 months, that he’s taking local weather change critically. He’s constructed up a extremely good staff to assist him formulate his local weather plans. I feel his objectives are sturdy and actually achievable, once more, if we get somebody within the White House inside the subsequent few years who really believes in local weather change.
“Also, his plan includes a lot of building of green infrastructure, technology, and moving to cleaner energy sources. And all of those are going to create a lot more jobs, which, especially now, thanks to Trump’s terrible management of the coronavirus which has led millions to be out of work, these jobs are much needed.”
Are you proud of the state of the nation?
“I’m undoubtedly not proud of the state of the nation. If you informed me again in 2015 or 2016 that Donald Trump could be our president and that in 2020 we might spend over half a 12 months working from residence, doing college from residence, and that there could be over 200,000 lifeless Americans, I don’t suppose I’d consider you. And, even when I did, I might suppose, ‘well, I think the obvious choice is whoever the Democrats put up against him.’ Definitely not proud of the state of issues.
“In addition to that, I think we’ve seen, over this past spring and summer especially, a new civil rights movement. And there just hasn’t been the type of response that I think many people expect from the federal government regarding that. So, I’m also looking for that to be changed.”
What would you prefer to see change?
“Certainly getting the coronavirus pandemic under control at a federal level. Meaningful legislation to match the current civil rights movement going on, and the police brutality against primarily Black and Indigenous people of colour. And serious movement on climate change.”
Do you suppose the election will change something?
“Definitely. I think if Joe Biden gets elected, we’ll have an EPA head who believes in climate change, we will have an attorney general that will take civil rights violations very seriously. I think that’s the important thing – it’s not just electing Joe Biden, but you’re also getting Kamala Harris as vice president, and a really great administration, executive branch, and cabinet.”
What’s your greatest concern for the US?
“I do know I’ve talked about local weather change quite a bit already, however once more, simply with the fires on the West Coast and the hurricanes within the Southeast, I’m actually involved about that.
“Obviously coronavirus – we just surpassed 200,000 dead Americans, and specifically in my state of Wisconsin, having a lot of college towns and students returning to campus, we’re just seeing huge huge increases in our state. Positivity rates and transmission rates among people are just kind of off-the-charts at this point. It’s really scary! Those are my top two concerns.”
Is there something we haven’t requested in regards to the election that you simply need to share?
“I think young people are really motivated to go vote this fall. I think they know what’s at stake for our future and for our country, so I’m really looking forward to an increase in the youth vote in 2020.”