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   Date: 11/10/08

JYA Q&A: Students Comment on Election 2008


Rachel Weston, who is majoring in French, reports from Paris.

Rachel Weston (on far right) poses with fellow JYA students on Omaha Beach, Normandy.

Gate: How did you spend election night?

Rachel Weston: I spent election night on the couch watching the French television coverage as well as
coverage on the computer. I initially went to a party being hosted by members of the Democratic Party here in Paris, but there was an enormous crowd and a line that was moving quite slowly, so a couple of my friends came home with me to watch the election coverage from there. We were up
all night long.

Gate: How would you describe the interest in the presidential election where you are?

CG: There was definietly a lot of interest in the elections here. My host parents often talked to me about the upcoming elections and I saw headlines in the papers each day dealing with them. The reaction was overwhelmingly in favor of Obama's win. Everyone I know, both French and American, was incredibly happy.

Gate: Did you vote by absentee ballot? When did you send that in?

CG: I did vote by absentee ballot, and I sent it in three or so weeks before the election..


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