Could Avery Roe be America's First Female President?
By Joshua // published October 10, 2071 // Senninpulse.com
Last weeks presidential debate seemed to highlight two very important things, that current Vice President Partin has a lot of experience under his belt, and that there might just be enough fire and enough honesty in Senator Roe to challenge him. The first question of the night focused on home-state policy, focusing on the clashes between Transhumanist groups that have been protesting the latest round of announcements concerning the Hephaestus Project. Partin had the same canned responses that he seemed to wheel out at the last debate. What Roe said, however, got the crowd gasping.
"I believe in them, at least, I'm finding myself coming around to the ideas they've been bringing up. We've seen the Sennin and these Beacons, we've seen what technology can do for us as a nation. I think it would be irresponsible of us to let Reach's projects go to waste. The way President Terrell has slashed the budget seems like appeasement. The people want lower taxes and a lower deficit, but Reach is not the place to make such drastic cuts. I think it' important work.Our children used to look up to fictional superheroes, now they're wearing Sennin jerseys and buying Sennin toys. What if their future was so bright they could one day be a superhero? Haven't we always promised that kind of future to our kids?"
She seemed to win early points when the subjects were close to home; topics like the recent riots as well as her thoughts on Sennin and crime in Beacon cities. But when the debate turned broad, Partin started to eclipse her. Domestic terrorism was brought up, and when asked what she would do to combat God's Arms and other groups like them, she began to stutter. Finally, the last question was about foreign policy and aid to countries without Beacons. Again, Partin had some masterfully spoken points on these issues and had greater imagination for plans to help them out. Senator Roe on the other hand, spoke of compassion but didn't seem to have the ability to articulate any real plans.
In the end, polls showed a striking lean towards a tie, with 82% of voters saying it was a tie, while only 7% thought Roe had on, and 11% saying Partin had won.
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