NH Boy Scout Supporting “Anybody But Obama” In November

MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) – One New Hampshire Boy Scout may not be able to vote, but he knows who he’s supporting this November.

“I have to say, anybody but Obama,” said Richard Senneville of Manchester, New Hampshire.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Joe Mathieu sat down with Richard, a seventh grader who was walking around the Radisson Hotel in his Boy Scout uniform, after the primary results rolled in Tuesday night.

Listen to Joe’s interview:

Richard was at the hotel working on a school project on all of the primary candidates. He came up with the idea for the project after attending a Rick Santorum town hall event with his mom last Friday.

“It was a cool feeling out there talking to everybody, all the media and stuff like that,” said Richard. “And I really liked it, so I asked my mom if we could do it again with all of the other candidates.”

Politically, Richard said he has independent views, but tends to lean to the right.

Regardless of a person’s views, though, Richard feels it’s important to pay close attention to politics.

“I believe everybody should be interested in politics. It’s an important thing, as I said. It’s your right and duty as a citizen of the United States in order to vote and hold a place in your government, so you might as well exercise that right,” said Richard.

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  • donny

    Why’s this boy wearing his Boy Scout uniform if he’s not with his pack or part of a Boy Scout event?…

  • http://jayfulton.wordpress.com jayfulton

    WBZ thinks we should pay attention to the views of a 7th grader? That’s cute, but not very deep. Typical of BZ since Brudnoy died. Bunch of lightweights, in my opinion.

  • Thomas Hood

    Is it now BSA policy to espouse partisan political views while in uniform? This kid needs to re-read his handbook!

  • Kathy

    I agree with Thomas Hood. BSA is supposed to be non-political, however if the child was working on a merit badge why not attend the event in uniform? He may have been at a BSA meeting or event and came from that OR he (or his parents) just wanted to get attention from media, it sure worked right? Do not take his views too seriouslky folks, I do agree as citizens it is our responsibility to to get involved in politics. TO VOTE!

  • Elvis

    The little twit is just repeating what his parents told him.

  • Carles

    He is clearly in violation of scouting policy (apart from compulsively repeating what his parents probably believe). From the BSA website.

    What are the BSA policies regarding participation in political rallies or events?
    Boy Scouts of America policy prohibits Scouts from participating in political activities. BSA membership applications, under Program Policies, state: Citizenship activities are encouraged, but partisan political activities are prohibited.
    Uniformed unit members and leaders may participate in flag ceremonies at political events and may lead the Pledge of Allegiance; however, they should retire after the ceremony and not remain on the speakers’ platform or in a conspicuous location where television viewers could construe their presence as an endorsement or symbol of support. In addition, photos of candidates or Scouts in uniform or BSA marks and logos are not allowed in political campaign materials of any kind. Leaders must be alert to situations that would imply that the BSA favors one candidate over another. Strict observance of our long-standing policy against the active participation of uniformed Scouts and leaders in political events is mandatory.

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