Young Dems Rally the Vote, Reps Protest
While the Iraq War, upcoming California propositions and voter participation were central topics at the Young Democrats of UC Irvine’s ‘Get Out and Vote Rally’ on Oct. 30, Assemblyman Steve Young’s campaign for the 48th District seat in the House of Representatives was the driving force behind speeches, inciting protest from campus Republicans.
The noon rally at Anteater Plaza was held in conjunction with the Orange County Chapter of Progressive Democrats of America to encourage UCI students to vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7.
This sparked much opposition among Republican students on campus, who expressed their disagreement with posters that read, ‘Friends don’t let friends vote Democrat’ and ‘Screw this B.S. I’m voting Republican.’ An older man held a sign reading, ‘Another veteran, Christian and Republican opposed to the war!’
Nonetheless, when Young approached the microphone, he thanked both parties for coming out and expressing their support or opposition.
He continued by asking the audience to meet and thank the student protesters after the rally. Apathy, Young said, was the bigger enemy.
‘Be we Republican, Democrat [or] Socialist