Paul, a student in Virginia, gives to the Obama campaign because he’s seeing the benefits of the President’s accomplishments firsthand.
"President Obama’s policies are helping me right now. I’ve been out of work for a long time, but I’m enrolled in a local community college through a grant made available by the Obama administration’s Recovery Act. I’m in a program to retrain people to work in health information management. It’s helping me get myself re-employed because I couldn’t otherwise afford to pay for the classes.
"There are structural issues in play that have been going on for the past 10, 15, 20 years in terms of jobs that have led us to where we are today. You can’t simply hold the President responsible, and no one person can fix the problem. It’ll take a while. It’s a decade-long issue. There are things he’s done in the short term, though, like the Recovery Act.
"We need to get serious. If you’re upset about all of this unrestricted funding by corporations and so forth as far as campaign contributions, you simply can’t be passive, because if you’re passive, then you can’t complain about the results of the election. You can’t complain when you end up with a candidate that isn’t very good for this country.
"I really do believe that President Obama has the best interests of the country at heart. He’s severely constrained by the political realities he’s facing and all the misinformation that’s out there, but I think he really wants to do what’s best for working people, people who have to work for a living. We just have to support the candidate we believe in. There’s an inherent imbalance in the funding of one candidate versus the other, and that’s a big issue. We need to fight back."
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