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Voters' Views: Jason Rodriguez

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.


Jason Rodriguez Lawyer | Republican

This country is still a place where hard work is rewarded and freedom is defended

Jason Rodriguez
Age: 26
Lives: Dallas, Texas
Occupation: Lawyer
Last election voted:
Republican
In 10 words or fewer: Young attorney with a conservative and world view on politics

"If I was to put my feelings into a word it would be 'cautious'.

I'm pleased to see the manner in which both candidates finished the campaign and especially the speeches given in both concession and acceptance. But I am concerned about Senator Obama's relative inexperience and the high expectations he will need to live up to.

The mood amongst my friends is mixed depending on their political affiliation. The mood is generally light amongst everyone, but that is not to say that my Republican friends have accepted Barack Obama as the right choice.

Obama won the election firstly because of the distaste for the Republican Party across the board and secondly because of the late attempt by the Republicans to run a campaign in the style of President Bush's previous campaigns. This is to take nothing away from Obama's powerful oratory and ability to motivate the left and the centre with his message.

Obama's election will likely have a quick impact on the rest of the world because Bush was so unpopular abroad. But again I am concerned there may be too much expectation of what Obama can or will do.

As far as the USA, I would hope that the Democrats will make good use of their time in absolute power - because they will not have anyone else to blame at this point.

Even though my candidate was not elected, I am still very proud of this country and our democracy. I think the speeches by the candidates provided the backdrop by which the rest of the world should look at the US. This country is still a place where hard work is rewarded and freedom is defended."


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