Protestors Gather for the GOP Candidates Debate

TAMPA (2012-1-24) -

While Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, and Newt Gingrinch were debating on stage, about 100 activists were protesting outside.

The protestors represented Students for a Democratic Society, Occupy USF and Occupy Tampa, Fight Back Florida, and other groups.

Manuel Chepote from Unidos wants immigration laws to be reformed. "We're not terrorists, we're not criminals- we come to contribute to this big society."

USF student Michael Fernandez protested the two-party system itself.

"I am here protesting the fact that the Republican party is still a body, the fact that these parties still control everything we do and that we’ve created a political duopoly that entirely removes choices," he said.

From the Rainbow Push Coalition, Rev. Charles Mckinsey said protestors are there to get their message out.

"It’s very important that we come together like this in order to let the candidates know and others know that we’re very much concerned about what they’re saying and what they’re not saying."

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