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US mid-terms panel: Octavia Phillips

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Octavia Phillips
Name: Octavia Phillips
Age: 26
Lives: Richmond, Virginia
Works: University administrator
Voted: Democrat
In 10 words or less:
"Motivator, leader by example, thrill seeker, advocate for the people"

One day we win the House, the next day we clean house!

I am glad Rumsfeld has finally gone, after six long years. At one point last year I had four family members serving in Iraq so, while I am totally against the war, I wholeheartedly support our troops.

When I found out that Rumsfeld didn't even have enough respect for the families of our troops to sign the letters that go to families who have lost loved ones, I knew then that he needed to go.

I see his departure as a victory for people on both sides of the party divide, but more importantly it is a victory for our troops.

They went into this war under false pretences and are now caught in the middle, with no leadership here in America to turn to.

I am not going to get too excited until I see what Bob Gates' plan of action is however.

Regarding the mid-terms, I am very pleased with my party's win in the House.

My state of Virginia is the remaining state to declare a victor in the Senate.

US MID-TERMS PANEL
It appears that Democratic challenger James Webb will win, but he is leading by the slimmest of margins and it may take some time before we get a final result.

After 12 years, America is ready for change and I hope the Democrats can make it happen now.

I was very pleased with some of the historical victories in this election - the first Muslim elected to the House, Keith Ellison, the first female Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, and the second African-American governor in US history, Deval Patrick.

The American population is becoming more and more diverse every day and our leadership needs to diversify to represent all of the people.

I hear a lot of people talking about making changes in Iraq and in our policies, but I would like to see more assistance given to the families of our troops. I also hope to see the federal minimum wage increase become a top priority.

Also I hear very few people on either side talking about improving the quality of living for Katrina victims.

I hope that with this change in leadership that now something can and will be done to assist New Orleans evacuees in their efforts to reclaim their land and rebuild their lives.






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