College Students Weigh in on Obamacare in Governor's Race

By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email
By: Anna-Lysa Gayle Email

HARRISONBURG, Va. -- On the campus of James Madison University, young people are gearing up for election day.

They say several social issues could be the deciding factor in how they vote.

"Obama was able to get young voters out in record numbers in 2012 and McAuliffe is trying to use the same strategy to get young voters out this time," said JMU Political Analyst Dr. Robert Roberts.

Martin believes in the Affordable Care Act and will vote for the candidate that supports it.

"Too many people in Virginia and our country go without the correct protection," said Democrat Lindsey Martin, who is a student at JMU.

Dr. Roberts says the Affordable Care Act will be an issue after October 1, 2013 on one condition.

"Unless there is a government shutdown tied to Obamacare, then it might have a tremendous impact on Virginia," said Dr. Roberts.

"My father owns a small business here in Virginia and I want that to continue to flourish," said Republican Kara Nunnally, who is a student at JMU. She says she will vote for the candidate in the Virginia Governor's race, who does not support the Affordable Care Act.

Dr. Roberts says Ken Cuccinelli has been quiet about the Affordable Care Act, while McAuliffe has openly expressed support for it.

Next Wednesday, the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce will host a political debate between both candidates.

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