In the final days leading up to the Presidential Election, we’re exploring the various issues that matter to different generations—Baby Boomers, Gen Xers and Millennials—in this series, “What’s driving you to the polls?”
Leonard Steinhorn, communications professor at American University, led a panel of Baby Boomers in a discussion about these issues, nothing that he organizes these issues into “four baskets,” Steinhorn said.
- Personal: Everything related to your well being from finance to healthcare.
- National: Issues like immigration, foreign policy and terrorism
- Natural: All that is related to the environment.
- Cultural: That which pertains to race, gener and issues of tolerance, or “emotional issues,” Steinhorn said.
For Baby Boomers Michael O’Sullivan and Michael Cutler, national issues are at the forefront of their minds.
It’s a “critical issue” said O’Sullivan, a Real Estate consultant. He noted that United States has been “virtually at war for 15 years” and that as a result, U.S. resources are draining.
O’Sullivan is also thinking ahead about the implications. “Future generations are going to deal with decisions we make today,” he said.
Michael Cutler also cited foreign policy as the issue that matters most to him. The U.S. needs to “continue to be a leader in the world” and “continue to assure our allies that we have their backs,” said Cutler, an attorney.
Danielle Ricks, owner of Danielle Ricks Productions, is concerned about gun violence.
“I want my candidates to address that, and not have the NRA or lobbyists guide their decisions” she said. Instead, she wants them to answer the question: “What are we going to do to protect ourselves right here?”
“We have a responsibility to our young people to given them a safe place to grow up,” she also said.
The global economy, environment, social justice and terrorism were among the other issues she listed.
While all three panelists said that they had made their decisions about the candidate whom they are voting for, only one out of the three said that they believed the candidates covered those issues that matter to them.
Be sure to check out our features on Gen Xers and Millennial coming later this week.
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