Laura Morales
UTSA student Laura Morales with CNN tech man

UTSA student interviewed on CNN show

By Kris Rodriguez
Public Affairs Specialist

(Aug. 29, 2007)--UTSA was in the national spotlight last week when CNN's "American Morning" show featured the 1604 Campus as part of its "College Week" segment.

Junior public relations major Laura Elizabeth Morales presented her Republican conservative views on issues of importance in the upcoming 2008 election. The opposing Democratic response came from Rachel Moore, a Lebanon Valley College senior in Anneville, Pa.

View a video of the CNN story (Real Media format).

Morales cited social security as the most important issue on which students should focus in next year's election. She pledged her support for Texas Republican Ron Paul because "he tends to stick to the Constitution," an issue important to conservative voters.

Moore pulled for all Democratic candidates in 2008 and said the environment and universal health care are the key issues in the election.

Chairman of the UTSA Young Conservatives of Texas, Morales is from McAllen, Texas, and was chosen for the CNN appearance after completing an internship last summer with the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute in Washington, D.C.

During the internship, Morales served as a panelist for immigration reform and will appear in a video to raise awareness on the issue and urge high school students to register to vote.