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Nov 7, 2000

Belizeans voice opinions on U.S. election

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Those of us in the news media are generally forced, if only by the nature of our jobs, to know a little bit of what’s happening in the world outside Belize. On the day when voters in the United States of America are electing the man who will become the world’s most powerful citizen, we thought it would make sense to explore the local angle. What follows is certainly not political science, but it is revealing.

Ann-Marie Williams

“Who do you want to win?”

Citizen #1

“Al Gore.”

Ann-Marie Williams

“Does it matters who wins?”

Citizen #1

“It matters because the Democratic Party always looks out for the poor people and the ethnic groups.”

Citizen #2

“To be truthful, it doesn’t matter to me. We are concerned about Belize only. The U.S. has nothing to do with us.”

Citizen #3

“Well, because each has their own policies. Anyone of them can be president, but each of them will govern in a different way.”

Citizen #4

“Because it’s not my country, so it doesn’t really matter to me.”

Ann-Marie Williams

“You don’t know who is running for the president of the United States today?”

Citizen #5

“No ma’am.”

Citizen #6

“I don’t remember the man’s name. I know the faces, but I don’t remember the man’s name.”

Citizen #7

“Really? I didn’t know.”

Ann-Marie Williams

“You don’t know who is running for elections today?”

Citizen #7

“No darling.”

Citizen #8

“You want someone who cares about the people, who will show love for the poor, especially poor people because the world is in chaos right now. So we need someone who will really stand up for poor people, who feels it, who knows it. My favourite candidate is Al Gore.”

Immediately following this newscast we will shift over to live election coverage on CNN. Barring a record close race, a winner should be declared by ten o’clock.

Viewers please note: This Internet newscast is a verbatim transcript of our evening television newscast. Where speakers use Kriol, we attempt to faithfully reproduce the quotes using a standard spelling system.

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