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My interview with Kayla Whitaker PDF Print E-mail
Written by Adam   
Thursday, 21 August 2008 07:20

Kayla WhitakerAs I reported to you here, a West Fargo student was selected as one of the ten people who will get a backstage pass to the festivities in Denver on Wednesday and Thursday night.   I managed to locate Kayla this week and got her to answer a couple of questions that you all have been dying to know:

How did you find out that you were going to go to Denver?
I was at the lake on vacation and I had my phone off. So when we went into town last wed. to get food, i turned it on. I listened to a voicemail I got and it was Mary Joyce from the Obama campaign saying I won. I couldn't believe it at first, so I called her back to make sure she wasn't some fool playing a joke on me. :D

How does it feel to be in such an exclusive group?
It's cool. It's really been strange getting calls, facebook messages and email from a bunch of strangers. I am just excited and grateful for this opportunity.

What made you decide to contribute to Barack's campaign?
I decided to contribute because I believe that Obama can change a lot in our country, or at least get the ball rolling on a lot of things.  I guess what really got me interested at first was his Call to Renewal speech on his website.  As a Christian I loved the fact that he had his own views and made sure people knew how he felt, but was also saying how we cannot force our views onto anyone else.

Tell us a little about yourself.
I guess, there isn't much to tell about me. I am a normal 20 year old girl from North Dakota, going to school at MSUM for photojournalism. I enjoy photography, sports, haninging out with my boyfriend and lots of music.... I work at Scheel's All Sports in Fargo.

What are your thoughts on politics and this election?
Generally I think political things are for people much smarter than me, and I still think that is probably true, but I also know that I can be involved in a small way and make a small impact, even if I cannot get into a heated debate about random policies. I am really passionate about Health Care, making college education more affordable to everyone and alternative energy. I think all three of those things are stuck between a rock and a hard place and a lot of careful consideration needs to be done to change things. I think what needs to happen in this election is that everyone needs to educate themselves, on both candidates, and then the right choice will be made.

Depending on how events play out, we might be able to talk to Kayla and her mom, who is coming as her guest about their experiences backstage and what it feels like to meet the future president.  We'll have to see how logistics play out.  It will be on our list of things to do.