Republican Brian Dobson discusses candidates' promises in election season

By Alyssa Taliaferro
On October 29, 2012

With Election Day right around the corner, students everywhere are scrambling to receive their absentee ballots, and make a point of watching at least one of the grueling and slightly comical presidential debates. While the nation seems to be divided when it comes to voting for our nation's next president, Brian Dobson, president to the UNH College Republicans (UNHCRs), has his mind made up.

At the age of 29, he has little time for hobbies as he and his wife just gave birth to their second child. As a senior political science major at UNH, however, he takes his position heading the UNHCRs very seriously. Dobson said he was drawn to the UNHCRs because he strongly believes in Republican ideas and ideals, and the organization is a great place to discuss and experience them.

As far as the direction of election, he said that it can head one of two ways.

"One, we can have a repeat of the last four years with more government intrusion and dependence or we can look to a self-sufficient future where government plays a smaller role and the onus of responsibility is put back on the people," he said.

Dobson said that the current election would not be any different than any other election of our time, in that we must understand that not every presidential candidate is going to keep every promise they make. The intention might be there, but no candidate is superman.

"Elections are about grand promises but it is important to know that not all of those promises can be met, so one must look at the past experiences of those running and judge who is most likely to follow through on those promises," he said.

Despite demonstrating how aware he is of this common political pattern, Dobsen said the level of attacks on the part of both campaigns has been horrifying.

"This election has been one attack after another by both campaigns. Both sides should spend less time criticizing and pointing fingers at the other and spend their time talking about what each can do for the American people and let the American people decide who is the best choice for this country," he said.  

As each day that passes is one step closer to Nov. 6, Dobson fears that the constant finger-pointing is causing a very serious divide in America rather than unification. He said that this divide is in part because of those voters who go into the ballot box without any prior knowledge of either candidate, a problem this nation has come to know all too well.

"I would implore all students at UNH to get engaged, get informed and only then should one vote," he said. "Without accurate knowledge, one corrupts the integrity of the democratic process and uninformed voters are more harmful to our country than those who simple choose not to vote."

Dobson strongly suggested that we as young Americans "need to be more informed and engaged so that when we leave school and enter the 'real world,' we are productive members of society."

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