The environment, public safety, and the coronavirus—these Michigan voters are hopeful for the future knowing that a Biden-Harris presidential administration could finally tackle the issues that matter to them most.
DEARBORN, Mich.—Mohammed Qazzaz of Dearborn, a coffee business owner who has been battling serious health problems stemming from his COVID-19 diagnosis this past spring, has been a passionate Biden supporter all along.
He’s looking forward to a steady voice at the top after years of divisiveness.
“I think he’s going to bring stability to the country that we desperately need,” Qazzaz, who spoke with Biden for 22 minutes on the phone while quarantined with COVID-19 earlier this year, said.
“We won’t have to worry about the president tweeting hateful rhetoric left and right.”
Qazzaz believes the country can finally overcome its COVID-19 troubles under Biden, and hopes for a better healthcare system.
A Palestinian American who hails from Jerusalem, he also hopes for a change in foreign policy, saying that Biden promised to “fix” the situation in the Middle East during their spring phone call.
He noted Vice President Kamala Harris’ announcement––that she will restore relations with Palestine as positives.
Ultimately, Qazzaz envisions a presidential administration, and country, based on stronger ethics.
“There’s going to be more kindness in the country, and around the world,” he said.
“People will start looking at themselves in the mirror that voted for and supported Trump and say, ‘this is not me,’ because the racism came out, the hatred came out and the bullies came out under President Trump.
“I think that Biden will unite the country again.”
Brian Titus of Plymouth, who is studying to become a mental health counselor at Eastern Michigan University, believes that Biden will bring an entirely new outlook to the presidency.
“One of the biggest things I think [that will change] would be leadership, and just kind of like, an overall presidential feeling with Biden,” Titus said.
“One of the things I feel that Trump lacked was a presidential presence, he left a lot of people divided including the press and some of his own cabinet members.”
Titus was particularly dismayed by Trump’s heavy-handed dealings with the Black Lives Matter protests this past spring, which he said were difficult to explain to his son.
He’s also hoping that Biden will be able to restore broken ties with US allies.
“I think Biden and the Obama administration, when they were in office, had that global ability to make our allies not just happy but moreso, making our country look like it’s a leader in the world.
“We’ve always been a leader in not just the political landscape but in helping others and helping other countries, and all we’ve done in the last four years is basically alienate ourselves.”
Titus also is hopeful that Biden will deliver on promises to lessen the dependence on fossil fuels.
“Even though it won’t be right away, just pivoting toward more environmentally friendly and sustainable energy options is really great for our country,” he said.
Carolyn Chin Watson, who works in Troy as director of marketing for a non-profit, said that uniting the country, a Biden administration promise, will take time, and believes that the changes must come within each American.
“I feel like a lot of people have been quick to point at [Donald Trump] as kind of the reason for all this vitriol in the country, to be on opposite ends and so polarized,” she said.
“I think that a part of that is true, but once he’s gone it won’t change the fact that [a large portion of] the country still voted for him and likes the America that he represented.”
She also said that improving America’s image could take time.
“Talking about us as a culture and how people view the United States and how they view Americans, you can definitely say the past four years have been a total mess,” she said.
“That will be gone, but I don’t necessarily feel like there is going to be a major change instantly because you can remove a man from office but that doesn’t repair the country, that doesn’t bring them to the middle.
“You are still going to have to deal with people who deep down feel that the opposition (politically) is morally inept.
“I think there’s going to have to be a lot of repair made.”