Generation gap translates to different political priorities

The 2016 primary race has been one of the most divisive elections in recent memory. One family of Muslim immigrants in Virginia exemplifies this divide -- and the growing intergenerational gap in political priorities.

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    We turn now to Virginia, a key swing state this fall, where a mother and daughter see the Democratic race through very different generational lenses.

  • AIYHA ABDELBAGI, Sanders Supporter:

    My name is Aiyha Abdelbagi. I'm 19 years old. I live in Falls Church, Virginia, and I'm advocating for Bernie Sanders to be the next president of the United States.

  • AHLAM ELSHAIB, Clinton Supporter:

    My name is Ahlam Elshaib. I'm the mother of four children. I'm voting for Mrs. Hillary Clinton. I feel like she has plenty of experience.

    Me and my daughter, Aiyha, we love to talk a lot about so many issues. We have, like, more than a mother and daughter relationship. We are friends.


    I go to George Mason University. I'm in my second semester of freshman year, and I'm a government and international relations major. It takes me about an hour-and-a-half to get to school.

    So, lots of time, I usually like the read my textbooks, which I try to do. But, if I get bored, I read the newspaper. I listen to music.

    I definitely would love to be like a senator or somewhere high up there. I get like this rush when I hear about politics and watching the news. It's my passion.


    I'm a stay-home mother. My day starts so early in the morning. I start to do my job at home, cleaning, cooking, prepare their beds. When I came to the United States, for 14 years, I did not have any health insurance.


    We'd go to the doctor, but I would never see you at the doctor or the dentist. It makes sense now.


    Yes. And now I feel, like, happy to have Obamacare, very important issues that Mrs. Hillary is talking about.


    A lot of my friends are government majors. So, we sit and we discuss like what's going on around the world. We're advocating for what we think are solutions to the main problems around the country.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (VT-D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: I will do everything that I can to rid this country of the ugly stain of racism.


    Bernie Sanders came to George Mason University.

    There was a girl who went up there. And she asked him about the anti-Islamic rhetoric that is being said. And he embraced her in a way that made me feel like he was embracing me.

    It's kind of scary, like, going to school wearing a scarf. There's always like this paranoia that just follows you around. And when he was speaking, he was like, "That shouldn't exist."

    As a college student who sees her dad work over 70 hours a week as a taxicab driver and as someone who has to get a job just to cover a little bit of school and extra expenses, it's hard to not know why we're not living comfortably.


    I want every kid in America to know they will be able to go to college regardless of the income of their families.


    Bernie, when he says that he wants the make college free, it's a very personal issue, because I think education is important for everyone.


    With Hillary Clinton, she makes realistic ideas. She does not just say she will make college free. She says that she will make it affordable, which is easier to believe, right? Yes. Uh-huh.

    HILLARY CLINTON (D), Democratic Presidential Candidate: I am a proud lifelong fighter for women's issues, because I firmly believe what's good for women is good for America.



    As a future politician, of course I try to change my mom's mind. I want her to believe in what I believe in, but I think it's great that she has her own opinions as well.

    It is really important to see a woman in the White House. But it doesn't have to be Hillary. Like, I could be the Hillary of tomorrow.


    Quite a mother and daughter story.

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