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A digital election day puts focus on social media

Close-up on election day

By Phoebe Chau and Ryan Fung

Election day was finally here. After a two-hour drive from D.C., we arrived at Omni Richmond Hotel, Virginia, where the Republican Party was to hold its election party.

The weather was cold, but the hotel was filled with passionate supporters and hard-working reporters from all over the States. As the only Hong Kong media here, we worked with Voice of America to cover the election online.

To try to boost readership, we used social media tools like Facebook and Twitter to do live reporting from the site. At the hotel, we saw most people carrying smartphones, not digital cameras. We thus believe that the importance of social media will only become greater in the near future.

Staying at one of the tables for the press, we enjoy our experience in doing live reporting for the U.S. presidential election.


Blue or red? Political choice is everything in DC, even at stores

By Edith Leung

In the run-up to election day, people can not only vote early at the polls, they can also vote with their wallets at restaurants and other stores.

The lime burrito (left) represents Obama, and the queso burrito is for Romney.

At Columbia Heights in Washington D.C., the restaurant Lime Fresh Mexican Grill offers two flavors of burritos, queso flavor for Mitt Romney and lime flavor for Barack Obama. One of the workers, Sarah Issa, said that the queso burrito is more popular than the lime burrito. So does that mean Lime Fresh’s customers are mostly Republican?

“Though the queso is more popular, people here are usually Democrats. It is just an advertising strategy,” said Issa.

A 24-year old American banker, Michael Walker, also said that he purchased his burrito for its flavor, not for its political gimmick. “I am still undecided between the two candidates,” said Walker.

Beyond taste, the shop also raised funds for the two parties, and customers’ political leanings were more obvious: the Republican piggy bank was empty.

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Campaign Ads As Invisible Weapons in the Presidential Battle

By Karen Chan

“We cannot take four more years.”

This according to the advertisement by Mitt Romney’s campaign.

That is the most common slogan appearing on campaign ads for Romney. Commercials don’t only promote candidates, they can also be used as a weapon.

In the Romeny campaigns latest advertisement, people from different social classes speak for Romney.  They mainly focus on how badly their lives have been during the past four years. They think the economy and social policies such as welfare and health care are worse than four years ago.

Romney supporters say they cannot survive if they spend another four years with President Obama. As seen in such an ad, Romney rarely talks about what he will specifically do in the future, and simply attacks the opponent first.

On the other hand, Obama’s ads seem to be more sentimental. He tries to appear sincere to touch voters’ heart.

“It’s an honor to be your president. Together we can keep moving America forward,” said Obama in one of his advertisements. He indicates what he is going to do in the next four years in his new commercial such as investing in more manufacturing, boosting the American energy sector, reducing the deficit by cutting the budget, impose new tax regulations that the wealthy needs to pay more, ending the war in Afghanistan and rebuilding America.

Of course, Obama does not miss any chance to slam his competitor. He attacks Romney by pointing out the disadvantages that he will bring. For example, Romney will create a voucher system for Medicare, make drastic cuts in education, cuts taxes for the wealthy and make middle class families pay more, according to the Obama ad.

One thing that their advertisements have in common is that at the end of each advertisement, both candidates simply say “I am Barack Obama [or Mitt Romney], and I approve this message.”

Romney’s slogans mainly focus on change.

An advertisement for Obama aims to attract young voters.

Policy versus personality: DC voters appear to lean toward Obama

By Wendy Chan

Some voters are focused on policy, while others are zeroing in on personality.

Let’s start with women voters, who are a vital and diverse group. In our interviews with people in Washington D.C., it seems that a majority of them support President Barack Obama.

Katie Pashalide, an Asian American environmental researcher living in Washington D.C., said she will definitely vote for Obama. She criticized Mitt Romney’s foreign policy as not comprehensive and mature enough for the U.S. Katie’s mother is Taiwanese and her father is an Indo-American. They support Obama because they believe he still needs time to fix the problems in the U.S. On November 6, she will cast her ballot in Southern California.

Washington D.C. is not quite a battlefield between Republicans and Democrats because it is considered primarily Democratic. Cesar Goures, a systems analyst, is determined to cast his ballot for Obama.

“Barack Obama sends out a clear message, while Mitt Romney tried to tear people down in his speech, and little jobs will be offered according to his proposed policy,” said Goures. He said that as a voter, he would like to see “what the candidates can do for our future.”

Shayla Yhimpson, a saleswoman at a supermarket, believes that Obama is the most suitable candidate.

“I am satisfied with most of the policies that Obama has implemented. I am not a Romney supporter, and he is always looking out for the upper class. He also just goes back and forth [in policy stance],” she sad. As a black woman, she said that race isn’t a factor in her decision.

“If he [Obama] were white, he would put forth the same kinds of policies that are pro young people and promote low taxes,” she said. “These policies will definitely enhance our living.”

Can Romney boost trade ties with Canada?

By Edith Leung

If elected US president, Mitt Romney has said he would approve a pipeline that would run from Canada to US refineries in Texas on day one — a plan largely criticized by Kenneth Tung, a senior radio commentator and program host in Canada.

Canadians are closely watching the US presidential election, particularly because of Romney’s stand on the Keystone XL pipeline project. The Keystone project would allow TransCanada to run a tar sands oil pipeline across the US, stirring among environmentalists and Texans.

Although the project will create thousands of jobs and push America towards energy independence, Tung said: “The on-going project is still damaging scenic spots in Northern Canada.”

He added that some environmental groups and local farmers even tried to block construction of the Keystone XL pipeline in Texas, saying “they cared mostly about the issue of climate change, rather than the ways of jobs that project could bring.”

Romney is a business expert. Tung believed if the Bain Capital founder were elected, he would enhance the trading channels between the US and Canada. However, Tung questioned whether the closer partnership might increase competition between the two countries; while Barack Obama would continue with the current policies, bringing no pros or cons to Canadians.

“We still have a long-haul observation on the two candidates. Even though Romney was convincing on the first debate, he may still not win at the polls,” said Tung.

Tung has live in Canada for over 30 years and is the Vice Chair and former Chair of S.U.C.C.E.S.S, one of the largest social service agencies in British Columbia, Canada, to provide services in settlement for Asians. Not only is he an opinion leader among the Chinese community, Tung also hosts radio program “News Talk” on Fairchild Radio.