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Local reaction to impeachment hearings

Dan Levy
Updated: November 16, 2019 03:44 PM
Created: November 15, 2019 11:31 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - On the campus of the University at Albany, students are busy scurrying from class to class, they're doing homework, they have part time jobs, and they hang out with friends. So maybe their thoughts on impeachment aren't so surprising.

"I wasn't aware of what was happening," said UAlbany student Ehbonni Cromwell-Reid.

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"No, I actually don't know what's going on in Washington D.C.," UAlbany student Gabrielle Kolarik echoed.

"There's talk about it," UAlbany student Anthony Spiezio stated, "I think a lot of people want to see how it plays out."

"People honestly don't care," said UAlbany student Nicole Cedano. "That's why Trump is in office, but people are also busy like me, and I care."

On the streets of Saratoga Springs, people are shopping, they're out to dinner, and they're getting ready to enjoy their weekend. they're also very much tuned in to the important workings of democracy, not to mention the extraordinary times in which they live.

"I'm very interested to hear what happens with this, but I don't want to watch it for hours and hours," says Norma Williams, of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

"I think (Americans) are interested to see what's going to happen because there's such emotion behind this president," says Gene Marie Van Wagner, of Ontario, New York.

"I was watching Wednesday and I can only take so much and then I had to turn it off," said Carla Hoenigmann, of Park Ridge, New Jersey.

Professor Ron Seyb, who teaches political science at Skidmore College says depending on how people look at the impeachment hearings, they're either an exercise in futility or else a political maneuver aimed at galvanizing voters for the 2020 election.

"Changing minds and changing hearts probably not going to happen," Seyb opined. "My sense is there's not a lot of engagement on the part of the general public or general voter, but I think for the cable news audience and the activist wings, there's a lot of close attention."

Of course for many people, there's a deliberate effort to avoid unpleasantness.

"I know a lot of my friends personally, we don't really talk about politics," says Gabrielle Kolarik, "We all have different views so we don't talk about it that much."


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