L-R: Obama campaign supporters Beverly Camock of Alachua and Jakob Rukov and Kirstine Larsen of Copenhagen, Denmark awaited election results at Southern Soul Restaurant in High Springs Tuesday evening.
HIGH SPRINGS – Kirstine Larsen and Jakob Rukov of Copenhagen, Denmark, were in High Springs observing voter turnout at the Civic Center on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
However, the couple was more than just a little interested as they explained they had traveled to the United States using their own money to campaign for President Barack Obama’s re-election.
Larsen, a journalism major in her final semester, and Rubkov, a molecular biologist, said they had been in Lake City previously. “They needed some help here,” said Larsen, “so we came to help.”
Larsen said they had been manning the High Springs Obama field office, located inside Southern Soul Restaurant, for the past few days. “We have been talking with citizens about the national campaign…sending out volunteers, going door-to-door, making phone calls and generally doing whatever needed to be done to help get the president re-elected,” she said. “The response has been very good,” added Rubkov. “Mostly we’ve spoken with people who already lean towards the Democratic Party and there has been a good atmosphere. People seem quite motivated. I think we’ve had a very good experience here,” said Rubkov.
“It helps to say ‘We are from Denmark,’” said Larsen. “Once they know we have traveled 20 hours to be here, I tell them they should wait a couple of hours in line, if they have to, to vote,” she said.
Rubkov explained that U.S. politics and Danish politics are quite closely connected. “Since we have soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, when the U.S. makes a decision what to do over there, it impacts us as well,” he said.
In addition, Larsen commented that “the U.S. is a major player internationally. “Who is the president of the United States…it sort of sets the tone for international politics in general. It’s very important,” she said.
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