One on One: Addisu Demissie

Q: Have you found Yale Law School students to be supportive of Hillary Clinton?

A: Absolutely. We have a strong base of support at the Law School … and a lot of volunteers, people who are probably on the street at the polling sites dropping literature as we speak. It’s her alma mater, and obviously we’re proud of that — a lot of my fellow students are proud of that — and we are working hard today as we have been for the last couple weeks.

Q: Are there more students supporting Clinton at the Law School, or Obama?

A: You know, I don’t know, I don’t know. We have a lot of support; you know Obama certainly has a lot of support. I think it’s great that people are engaged, especially in Connecticut. It’s not often that Connecticut gets to be the focus of a presidential campaign — a national campaign — with Hillary in the state, at Yale, yesterday, with Obama in the state yesterday. You know, a lot of people are active, a lot of people are active in our campaign, a lot of people are active in Obama’s campaign, and I think it’s good because a lot of people are going to be active for the next nine months until Election Day.

Q: What are some of the reasons students are excited about her? Is it in part because she’s an alum?

A: I think that’s definitely part of it — I mean, without question, that’s part of it. Hillary started her career at Yale, and that’s part of the reason her campaign brought her back there yesterday. You know, she talks about 35 years of experience, but her first year of experience started right there in the building at the Law School where she met President Clinton, and started her career of service and commitment to children and families and healthcare and all the issues we talk about in the campaign. It’s a big part of it that we students walk in the same hallways where Hillary Clinton started her career. And I also think it’s her message, too. It’s about being ready on day one to lead the country. It’s about being ready to beat the Republicans in November… But I think people are excited about her message; they’re excited about an alum being in the White House — this time one we can be proud of, unlike the current Yale alum occupying 1600 Pennsylvania.

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