NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (WTNH) –The buzz surrounding President Obama’s visit has been going on all week on CCSU. News 8’s Kent Pierce was is in New Britain tells us what people on campus were saying.
Hours before they were allowed inside Kaiser Hall, dozens of students lined up outside to get a good seat.
“Cause he’s worth it. It’s definitely worth seeing his speech, seeing what he has to say and he’s just awesome,” said student Rayshe Ramirez.
Getting close to President Obama is a hot ticket and worth baring the bitter cold, because well, how often do you get to see the President?
“You know it’s a once in a lifetime experience and that’s about it. How many people can say they’ve seen the President of the United States,” said student Brandon Dorfman.
“I feel like it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, so you might as well go all in,” said student Victor Harris.
“The first black president, especially since he’s biracial and so am I, so there’s that connection there,” said student Jereo Edmonds.
Many students also feel a connection to the topic that brings the president to CCSU. Raising the minimum wage is something that directly impacts many college students.
“…it really is, especially for us college students. We have minimum wage jobs,” said Ramirez.
“Maybe not too much higher, because there are a lot of people who’ve been working at their jobs for a while that may not get a raise because they’re paying the new people a higher salary,” said Dorfman.
A different university, Quinnipiac University, did a poll about how people in Connecticut feel about the minimum wage. In results out yesterday, they found by a margin of three to one, Connecticut voters favor increasing the minimum wage. It is still a very partisan issue, though, with far more democrats liking it than republicans.