‘I can die later!’
Ruline Steininger is a 103-year-old retired school teacher from Pleasant Hill, Iowa. She was born in 1913 and was only seven years old when the 19th Amendment was ratified, giving women the right to vote. She’s lived through two world wars, the Great Depression, the moon landing, and recently saw the first African-American elected president, but she never thought she’d see a female president, until now. So she’s decided to stick around long enough to to see it happen.
“I’m going to live until she’s elected,” Steininger said. “I couldn’t imagine a woman. I mean, it’s always been a man and I just assumed it might always be,” she said. And not only has she been a vocal supporter of Clinton, Steninger campaigned for her during the Iowa caucuses. “Voting in the caucus is more important than voting in the election,” she told CNN. “That’s when you pick the candidate which is very important.” Steininger chose to support Clinton not just because she’s female but because she’s the “best qualified candidate we have had in a long, long time.”
Steininger will be elated to see the first female president, but she’s also worried about the ramifications of a Donald Trump presidency. “I’m shocked. I don’t know what has gotten into people,” she told RawStory.com. “If he’s elected president, it’s going to be a national disaster, which we will likely take years to recover from.” So, Steininger has a firm goal and she’s sticking to it. “I’ve got a big job ahead of me ... I’ve got to live!” she told CNN. “After that, OK, I can die if I want to, but I’m going to live until she’s elected.”