Even though kids can't vote in tomorrow's election, they still care a great deal about their country, have studied the issues and have opinions on who should be the next president of the United States. Here is a sample of what some eighth-graders at Williamsburg Middle School in Arlington wrote in essays about the election:
I would vote for George W. Bush. . . . He follows through on what he says he will do. He said that he will lower taxes, and he did. He said he would capture Saddam Hussein, he did, and we are well on our way to winning the war in Iraq.
Derek Stotler, 13
Bush's plan for America's economy is working and the economy is climbing. . . . [John F.] Kerry has voted for tax increases 98 times, which ads up to over $2.3 trillion.
Geosh Connors, 13
Even though health care services have greatly improved in recent years, President Bush would like to expand his program for affordable health care and make quality medical treatment available for every American.
Julia Milton, 13
Bush should be re-elected [because] he helped improve education nationwide. In the past four years, Bush has helped to fund $1 billion for disabled children and $1 billion for special education. Another $139 million went to improving reading programs.
Emie George, 13
George W. Bush would make the best president for the U.S. because he is an excellent leader. This is shown by some major events in the past four years, including the war in Iraq and the terrorist attacks on 9/11. . . . Furthermore, George Bush delegates authority extremely well.
Stuart Couch, 13