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Harout Samra considers himself the embodiment of the American dream. With parents who immigrated from Lebanon, Harout says he grew up with everything his parents didn’t. Now 25, this law student cites his upbringing as the reason he became an active Republican.
As chairman of the Florida College Republicans, Harout coordinates the college outreach efforts for the McCain campaign. He plans events that are “Gen Y” friendly like political debates, rallies or tailgates. He also speaks in support of conservative viewpoints across the state.
When asked to explain why young people should and do care about this election, Harout says, “These are our friends who are going to Iraq. These are our jobs that are being lost because small businesses can’t afford to pay their taxes. It’s very important to each and every one of us to have our say.”
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