Finally the day has come! Tomorrow the people will be electing the new President of the United States. The past five weeks have been filled with presidential candidates speaking to the people in attempts to win votes. Will it be a Democrat or a Republican? Whoever is elected will be the symbol of hope for the American people. This country has faced some hard and controversial times; it is time for the country to get back to stability and step away from the political limbo it has found itself to be in the past decades. Whoever wins will have a lot of rebuilding and adjusting to do before moving forward. Can they accomplish this? Only time will tell. On behalf of Fox News I would like to wish the best of luck to our candidates and also thank our viewers for staying loyal to Fox throughout our intense coverage of the campaigns.
Angelica Valdivia, Blogger
Following the release of the campaign ad videos for the 2016 presidential candidates, Fox News hosted a discussion and critique of some of the advertisements on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. The panel includes Fox News anchor Holly Pierce, news analyst Chelsey Myers, and reporter/producer Grant Fjastad. Here they have a general discussion over the strengths and weaknesses of the ads.
To see the ads specifically analyzed in this video:
Sarah Palin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2-n5yLEtBU
Rick Santorum: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K2uyNRCHkSc&feature=youtu.be
Elizabeth Warren: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LHGnz0BzD68
Martin O’Malley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqOecmRow3E
Fox News Reporter, Grant Fjastad, interviews American citizens on their opinions of the current presidential candidates the primary elections on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties with our website host, the video for this program could not be directly posted onto this post. However, if you click the link above you will be taken to view the video on youtube. We apologize for the inconvenience and are will fix this program if possible as soon as possible.
Fox News reporter, Grant Fjastad, sat down for an interview with presidential candidate, Senator Rick Santorum, on Tuesday, November 26, 2013.
The presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has begun selling personalized merchandise on her website; consisting of buttons, coffee mugs, and shirts. According to the site, all proceeds will go towards Children’s Education. The sale of the merchandise makes people wonder if that will be one of her strategies, aside from the increase in tax rates; to fund the programs she wishes to implement. Sales seem to be taking off this far. Could the increase in sales as time progresses be an indicator of her chances of becoming president? We shall find out soon enough.
Angelica Valdivia, Blogger
Fox News reporter, Grant Fjastad, interviewed Senator Elizabeth Warren on Thursday, November 21, 2013. Footage is courtesy of the Senator’s campaign team
This week Fox News political correspondent Grant Fjastad had the pleasure of meeting with the republican presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul to discuss the future of the welfare state in America. In particular, the discussion focused on American unemployment and its relationship to welfare benefits.
Senator Paul emphasized his theme of decentralization of power and discussed the ways in which state level job programs are the most effective method of getting people retrained and refocused in order to be strong competitors on the job market. Senator Paul proposes a life-time limit on welfare benefits, and proposes that we focus on creating state-level support for employment rather than federal-level support for dependence on the government.
Senator Paul provides Americans with the promise of a restructuring of the system in order to ensure that they are prepared for success, not set up for dependence. His strength as a candidate lays within his ideals of the government following its Constitutional duty to serve its people in a way that avoids allowing the government to retain too much power. Distributing resources to states, who are better suited to meeting the needs of its people, would mean that the federal government would become less like Big Brother and more like a supporter of the well-being of the American people. The goal of the government should be to ensure that American voices are heard, not stifled, and Senator Rand Paul is working to improve the system in order to decentralize power and to best support the American people.
Read the full interview here.
Chelsey Myers, News Analyst
Q: What do you think about jobs in America and unemployment? It seems that many Americans are worried about becoming unemployed and not being able to find a new job.
A: Of course, that’s a main concern for a lot of Americans right now. I feel that a lot of the solutions that are being proposed right now are focused on giving people back their salaries through social welfare. If I become president, we propose a new idea to get people back on the job market. We’re offering people retraining programs, so that if you recently become unemployed, and you need a specific skill to get back on the job, you come to our state-run programs. These programs will point you in the right direction and pay for your education and for you to get that certain skill that will give you that advantage in order to be a competitive applicant in the job market.
Q: Based on your answer to the previous question, as well as your published policy proposal, I gather that you are aiming for more state-based and state-run programs. What are the benefits of having such programs run by the states, or what is your rationale behind this?
A: The rationale behind this that we find that the federal government has gained too much power. As Americans, as stated in our constitution, the federal government should never have received so much power. Yet, we chose to give the power to the federal government. My plan is to give the power back to the states and to the people in order for the major voice of America to be that of Americans, not the federal government. A bunch of people shouldn’t be sitting in Washington D.C. making the decisions for the people; Americans should be making the decisions for themselves.
Q: It seems that you are strongly in favor of incentivising returning to work, and you also propose to place a lifetime limit on welfare programs. What is your reasoning behind this?
A: Under the current social welfare programs, when people are unemployed, they usually receive a certain percentage of their previous salary back without doing any work. This is not the American way to earn money–being unemployed and unproductive is not the way to earn money in America. The way to make money is to reenter the job market and make hard earned money through work. Our proposal is to provide the American people with help and tools to reenter the job market. That’s our vision for the future.