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Voters' Views: Samantha Cramer

Barack Obama has been elected the first black president of the United States.

Here Republican and Democratic voters from across the US reflect on the results and look to the future.

Samantha Cramer Software engineer | Republican

It is appalling to witness your own country be duped by the sweet-talk of a first term senator

Samantha Cramer
Age: 21
Lives: Manassas, Virginia
Occupation: Software engineer
Last election voted:
Too young to vote
In 10 words or fewer: Open-minded, inquisitive, speculative, passionate, optimistic

"The outcome to the election is absolutely devastating.

Any hope that I had of the majority possessing a degree of sense was quickly crushed and replaced by an overwhelming fear of what is to come.

It is appalling to witness your own country be duped by the sweet-talk of a first term senator with a misleading and vague message of change.

His track record and personality scream that he is not qualified to handle mpending hardships that face us all. And it is very troublesome to think of what will happen when Obama takes the helm in his inexperienced hands and guides this world power into uncertainty.

McCain's message was undeniable. Yet few chose to acknowledge the severity of situation at hand and that McCain is the only candidate that is able to truly regain control of our declining economy and our shaky standing in the world.

The mood here reflects the fears and worries that I have knowing that this nation is soon to be handed over to a man who may stagnate the economy."

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Samantha, with all due respect Obama may be inexperienced but McCain would have been a disaster. His choice of running mate showed he makes decisions on the spur without thinking them through, and if the reports of him being pressured into the decision is true then he couldn't have possibly have handled the pressure of the top job. Experience is useful, but not the be-all and end-all, just look at the UK prime minister! At least Obama is highly intelligent and thoughtful so will not rush into any decisions
Stephen, Caerphilly, Wales

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