Perhaps that’s because the job entails a common goal of winning. Right tackle Tyler Polumbus said it’s fun to discuss politics because these are “people you care about and go to war with all the time.”
Of course, while Alexander, Golston and Chris Wilson are among those who watched the debates and routinely discuss politics, there are those who prefer to remain on the fringes when the conversation moves in that direction.
“I’d rather keep my mouth shut and just kind of hear about different people talking about the point of views that Obama vs. Romney have,” fullback Darrel Young said. “You’ll never win politics arguments. There’s always two sides to an argument, which is everything, but I just feel like stuff like this, I don’t know half of what’s going on, to be honest with you.”
Linebacker Rob Jackson said he prefers to listen in order to get the “gist” of what each candidate represents. Others savor the back-and-forth.
“I think it’s at the core of American values to have these debates,” Chester said. “It’s good to be challenged in some of your views, and it is good to have to kind of think from a different perspective.”
Alexander, as a business owner, has a different perspective this election than in the last one.
“If I’m already being efficient with 80 workers, why, if I’m making more profit, would I go out and hire 20 more people? I have no incentives,” he said. “I’m just going to put that money in my pocket. So you have to do things to incentivize people to hire people, as well, not just cut taxes or raise taxes.”
And while Alexander wants what is best for the business he and Golston run, his Christian faith is the most influential element when he votes.
“Everything I do is incorporated in that,” Alexander said. “But it’s very hard these days when people don’t align themselves politically like that, so obviously each candidate has something that I don’t agree with, but I have to vote for somebody to have my vote count.”