Other objections to Cain were more thoughtful. Chris Clark, a sophomore, explained his dislike of the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO. “I actually heard him say that he would not put a Muslim person in his cabinet,” Clark said, shaking his head. “He also said that it’s okay for communities to be able to ban mosques.” Clark, who is black, added that he’s not a Muslim.
Rick Perry attracted a few jabs. Junior Pat Healy said the Texas governor is “just too radical for me in a lot of his positions … In order to beat Obama, you have to be more of a moderate.”
A senior from Colorado named Aaron — he asked TheDC not to publish his last name — piled on Perry as well. “I’m concerned about how much religion informs his policy. I’m a Christian, but I think there’s a line you have to draw … And Perry was talking in a speech about how U.S. support of Israel had its foundations in some sort of religious affinity [with Christianity]. That’s scary, if you’re at all tempted to make political decisions based on [that].”
TheDC talked to several self-described independents, a group that the campus paper reported on Friday makes up one-third of the student body. Junior Olivia Scott is one of them
“I don’t really dislike any of them,” Scott said. “But I’m not in favor of any of them. I would vote for Ron Paul. I’m only joking.”
UPDATE: This article was updated after publication to reflect that Ms. Reckford’s first name is Samantha, not Sam, and to avoid confusion with similarly named members of her family.
David is The Daily Caller’s executive editor and a Dartmouth alumnus. Follow him on Twitter