Name: Kate Phillips Borough: Manhattan I will vote: Hillary Clinton
“I felt it was time [to volunteer]. I have been supporting Hillary since 2008 and now it’s getting tight. It’s getting close with Bernie, the New York Primary is coming up, and I just feel like young people are really vocal about Bernie. Young people aren’t vocal about Hillary – I really don’t understand why, she is a fabulous candidate. So I thought, I should put my money where my mouth is and volunteer.”
“I have been supporting her for a long time. First of all, just a 100%, I really think it’s very importantly to have a woman president, that’s just a fact. Still, I am not going to vote for Carly Fiorina, obviously.”
“Other than that, she is easily the most experienced. There are huge issues abroad, so much shit happening. She has been Secretary of State – in any other election year if she wasn’t a woman, I don’t think it would be an issue at all. I mean she is clearly the most experienced.”
I recently commented on how I never see Hillary supporters out on the street, but things have changed.
With the New York primary less than three weeks away, a stream of volunteers for “Hillary for America” took to the streets this weekend.
Like these Clinton supporters who spent Sunday afternoon outside the Park Slope Food Coop in Brooklyn.
“Are you registered to vote, where you will be voting?”
“Are you interested in getting the vote out for Hillary?”
“April 19. Remember to vote for Hillary. Let’s make history.”
At the beginning of the shift, a campaign staffer briefed the volunteers on how to talk to people. “I don’t want you to feel that it’s too scripted,” he told them. And remember: “You are doing a civil duty by telling people where to vote. You are not soliciting.”
After that the volunteers were on their own. Brazing the freezing cold, they handed out flyers, reminded people to vote for Hillary on April 19, and signed up interested passersby for future volunteer shifts.
“It’s been great so far,” said Elizabeth Lucy, 22, a first-time volunteer. “It’s so brilliant to be outside of the Food Coop, where you know everybody is a democrat in there,” she added laughing.
Another first time volunteer was Gina Borden, 24. “It’s fun. This is a little out of my comfort zone, reaching out to people in this way, but it’s for something that I really believe, so it’s absolutely worth it,” said the dancer.
The majority of volunteers who came out this Sunday were in their twenties. And they were quick to point out that not all young people are automatically Bernie supporters.
“I am standing here, and my friends are standing here, so it’s clearly not true,” said Edward Delman. The 25-year-old journalist wore a red “The Future is Female”-shirt unter his thick jacket.
After an hour in front of the Park Slope Food Coop, the volunteers went to their next location – the farmer’s market.
Let’s assume that we will see a lot more of them in the next weeks.
Name: Betsy Steinman Borough: Uper East Side I will vote: Hillary Clinton
“I am here in New Hampshire to help out on the Hillary campaign. Came from New York City last Tuesday and will be here till after the primary. Then I will fly to South Carolina”
“This is something I have always wanted to do. I worked for women’s rights back in the 60ies and 70ies, and this [a female president] is like the last barrier that we haven’t broken. It’s kinda personal for women my age.”
“I am out canvassing. A lot of people of course are not home, because they are working during the day. But I was lucky in the areas that I was in, I have been getting about a fifty percent rate of actually talking to people. If they have any questions. I always ask what their concerns are. And sometimes we are able to talk them over, which is really rewarding.”