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Interviewing Florida: McCain or Obama
A Brazilian citizen reporter finds Floridians don't like to share their political opinions in public
Antonio Carlos Rix (carlosrix)     Print Article 
Published 2008-10-14 10:43 (KST)   
Last week I was in Miami, Florida. I arrived from Brazil to visit family and friends. Nevertheless I could not help asking people: "Who are you going to vote for?"

To my surprise the number of people not willing to take part in any sort of interview was enormous. I thought to myself "Am I in the land of freedom and opportunity?"

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Well, as far as I know Florida is still part of the Union, so I was in the US, yes. But freedom is not all that free or people don't actually feel that free when it comes to passing on their political views. I was really surprised.

I was questioned by a local who said that maybe I was meeting more illegal immigrants and, of course, they would surely refuse to show up in any interview at all. But I did took care, indeed moreso after talking to this person, to ensure that everybody I spoke to was a registered voter. (One cannot be a registered voter if he or she does not have a social security number.)

My general feeling in Miami was that black Americans will vote for Obama no matter what. I did talk to different people as I went to shops, restaurants, libraries and many did not have a clear idea why they were going to vote Obama... I heard them say many times, "Everything he says makes good sense for me."

Among the Spanish community there is a clear division. Older people prefer McCain. They say McCain is more experienced. The younger people are not sure if it is worth the trouble of voting at all.

In 15 days I only managed to actually get two interviews -- one from each side. Well, you watch them and judge for yourself. Again, I was not able to find a single black person willing to participate. That was strange for me for they were more talkative and eager to vote in general.



Back in Brazil I noticed that people are paying close attention to what is going on in the US elections -- but mainly to know who may win. The general belief is that no matter who makes it to the White House, there is an agenda that must be fulfilled.

The Brazilian media helps propagate that perspective when they in general affirm that the only difference between the parties is that Democrats want to be loved and Republicans pedal fear, and again that the agenda is basically the same.
If you could vote in the Nov. 4 US election, who would be your choice?  (2008-10-15 ~ 2008-11-06)
John McCain
Barack Obama
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