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Morrison School holds mock election
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Morrison Elementary School held its mock presidential election Monday morning. Challenger Mitt Romney beat incumbent Barack Obama by 39 votes.
Romney received 231 votes, while Obama received 192. The candidates held a public debate in the school’s green gymnasium prior to polls opening.
“Our country is heading toward bankruptcy,” said Colton Smith, who played the part of Romney. “The Obama style of borrowing more and more money so we can spend more and more money is over!”
Obama, played by Jon Mondragon, defended the need to spend in order to create jobs and help the poor.
“There needs to be government spending to create jobs and better the economy,” said Mondragon, who said the deficit can be reduced by taxing the wealthy. “I am confident we can reduce the deficit by raising taxes on the wealthy.”
In his role as Romney, Smith agreed with creating jobs, but disagreed on how to do it.
“I believe in lowering taxes on companies so they will hire more workers. When they hire more workers, more people have jobs. When more people have jobs, then more people will spend money and the economy will grow,” said Smith.
In his role as Obama, Mondragon said his plans for the future include investing in renewable energy, among others.
“I have many plans for the future. This nation needs a leader you can depend on, and I am that man.”
Before the debate and voting, history teacher Teresa Prater educated students on the electoral process.
“We studied government so they would understand the process of the Electoral College,” said Prater. “They also understood the popular vote doesn’t always win.”
Popular vote, such as the one in elementary school mock elections, are not guaranteed to stand because the presidential election is really decided to by the votes of the Electoral College. In the 2000 election, more Americans voted for Al Gore, but George Bush won the presidency because he was awarded the majority of Electoral College votes.
While it would not have affected the outcome of the election, three votes were cast for people other than Obama or Romney.
“We did have three write-in votes,” said Morrison principal Kim Cantrell. “We had two votes for coach Kyle Cannon and one for Virgil Goode.”
Goode served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1997 to 2009. He has joined the Constitution Party and is that party’s 2012 presidential nominee.
Cantrell says students were encouraged to do their own research about the candidates and were allowed to vote for someone other than Obama or Romney.
Mondragon and Smith did their own research in preparing for the debate.