These Young New Yorkers Have Questions for Bernie and Hillary

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On the day former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders debated in Brooklyn, City Limits sent a camera and a notebook out to York College in Jamaica, Queens, to see what students there wanted to ask the people seeking the Democratic nomination for president of the United States. Some of their questions may have been answered by the debate. But many weren’t:

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Levar Alonzo, 24, Journalism Major, Senior
“If Donald Trump were to win the Republican nomination, how would the Democrats go about trying to derail him in setting themselves apart so that they could win the whole election?”
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Bintia Drame, 21, Journalism, Sophomore
“What are you going to do about the news that doesn’t make international headlines, things that are happening to kids in other countries like Nigeria or Congo, to show that it is a serious problem? What are you going to bring that to the public attention?”
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Jeremiah Rivera, 23, Studio Art/Journalism, Senior
“Do you even take this election seriously? It feels like we are watching WWE. Every other day each candidate is trying to come to the other candidate about things they’ve done in the past. Why can’t you just keep it real?”
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Afraz Rasheed, 20, Bio-Tech, Freshman
“Why is Hillary Clinton pro-fracking or pro-war?”
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Ashley Persaud, 23, Psychology, Senior
“What are Hillary Clinton’s plans for college tuition and financial aid?”
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Jessica Lau, 22, Journalism, Senior
“How would they support the LBGT community?
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Jenelle Taylor, 20, Journalism, Junior
“Bernie Sanders: When you’re going in and wanting to raise the minimum wage to $15, are the prices of things going to rise as well?”
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Raydell Sanders, 22, Theatre Arts
“Bernie Sanders: How long do you think you’re going to be on this earth [in order] to be a successful president? What made you decide to run for president at such a late age?”
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Adebayo Fayemi, 22, Music Performance, Senior
“Bernie Sanders: What are your plans to make college tuition free?”
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Gabriel Goulbourne, 19, Undeclared, Freshman
“What is she going to do for the homeless and others who can’t afford health care?”
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Chris Kumar Singh, 23, Journalism, Junior
“How many of your policies do you think would actually carry over? Considering the fact that the Senate has to approve any decisions that they make, it’s nice to hear they can do all these great things, but … they have to go to Congress and through the Senate.”
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Salimatou Kaba, 19, Psychology, Sophomore
“Bernie Sanders has stated that he wants to end gun violence by expanding background checks but what other things does he plan on doing to end gun violence?”
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Rachelle Antoine, 21, Social Work (Club Council President of Student Government Association)
“How is Hillary going to help those came out from prison to get back in the workforce?”
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Emmanuela Accimeus, 22, Bio-Psychology, Senior
“How do you plan on helping college students who graduate who can’t find employment?”
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Oluwaseyi Okusanya, 19, Business Administration, Sophomore
“How could Bernie actually represent black people when it matters, especially when we go through our trials and tribulations?”
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Jerome Barrett, 21, History, Senior (Executive Director of Student Government Association)
“Knowing that Bernie Sanders ideology is more socialist, how would he get his bills or anything passed through Congress knowing that this is a capitalist nation?”