The new voter: A young Arab-American feels duty-bound to vote

from Christian Science Monitor

“American politics seems obsessed by minor details that don’t have anything to do with anything but dominate the discussion,” he says. “Like whether or not [Barack] Obama wears a [flag] lapel pin.”

Omar doesn’t see a meaningful difference between Senator Obama and Sen. John McCain, especially on foreign policy. “There’s certainly not substantial disagreement over foreign policy or the war in Iraq. The differences between McCain and Obama seem more tactical,” he says. “The fact that it was an illegal war leading to a bloody occupation seems to get swept under the carpet.”

On Election Day, he is going with a third-party candidate ­– either Ralph Nader or Green Party nominee Cynthia McKinney.

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