COLUMBIA — About 500 people gathered at Kemper Arena for the Boone County presidential caucus Saturday.
The process selected 53 delegates, who are not bound to a certain candidate, to the congressional district convention in Sedalia on April 21.
We asked delegate hopefuls before the caucus to respond to this question: How do you hope the outcome of this presidential election will change the country?
Here are some of their responses.
- "More individual freedom and liberty." - Scott Hellebusch
"Someone in office that will start carving down the debt." - Dan Harder
- "Bring some integrity back to politics." - Ethan Robinett
"Reverses the trend toward big government." - Sean Reberry
- "Bring fiscal sanity." - Steve Spellman
"Dramatic shift in foreign policy as it relates to acts of war." - Roger Webb
"See us elect people who represent us and not just themselves." - John Casady
- "Go in a direction of fiscal responsibility." - George Prica
- "I am a liberal and this is my act of defiance against government." - Mary Achor
"The salvation of America." - Eric Albert
- "The end result is people begin to look to God to protect them and guide them." - Ken Derendinger
- "I hope we won't still be fighting in the Middle East." - Sam Clark
- "I hope it will turn everything around. That's not very original, but it is deeply felt." -Bill Samuels
The Boone County conservative slate that backed Ron Paul won the caucus and many of the delegates held similar beliefs to the Texas congressman.