US election: Bangor Grammar pupils discover mounting tension in Washington

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After a normal Sunday service in Washington's National Cathedral, with beautiful music, a robed choir and a very enthusiastic congregation, we were able to relax with a cup of coffee and were given the opportunity to talk to some of the congregation about their views on the election.

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  • Pupils from Bangor Grammar School in County Down have travelled to Washington to experience the excitement of a US presidential election
  • School Reporters will be sending back regular updates on their trip, offering their perspective on the race for the White House and their experiences along the way

One local resident, Liz Caudy, was more than happy to speak to us and share her opinion on American politics.

"As a community organiser, I can see the flaws in Barack Obama's policies so I am voting for Governor Romney," she said.

President Obama recently stated: "I keep my word, and I want to keep fighting for you."

But Liz has given up on Obama and has given up on the fight to keep him in power.

"I don't think he has done enough for the country, but we shall see what happens at the election," she said.

National Cathedral in Washington Bangor pupils visited the National Cathedral in Washington

The final National NBS/WSJ Poll had Obama 48%, with Romney at 47%, so we can see the race is neck-and-neck.

"America needs change." This was Liz's view, which is highly ironic as President Obama had promised change for America when elected four years ago.

She asked for our opinion on her views but we swiftly replied by saying that, as visitors to the country, we should remain neutral.

Liz agreed, as we do not see the day-to-day working of the country and we do not see the same amount of depth to their politics as she does.

President Obama's official Twitter page posted earlier this week: "You know where I stand, and you know what I believe. You know that I tell the truth."

It quickly posted afterwards: "After all we have been through together, we cannot stop now. We've got to come together and try to make change to America."

You might think that the country's capital, Washington DC and its public would vote for their current president.

After four years, however, Liz and many other voters believe it is time for change, but is a change of president going to solve their problems?

So with election day upon us and the polls extremely close, the election can swing either way.

As Mitt Romney recently said in one of the presidential debates: "Both Republicans and Democrats love America."

Only one of them can be in power, however, and whether it is current President Barack Obama or Republican candidate Mitt Romney, either man will have his work cut out for them to restore America back to its usual self.

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