Feb 4, 2016 8:58 PM

Sister Act: 90-year-old nuns in Manchester give their perspective on election


MANCHESTER - If you were asked what 90-year-old nuns would say about their choice for president and elections, what would you guess?

The sisters of Holy Cross in Manchester have voted in dozens of primaries over the years and explained to NH1's Chantel McCabe their take on religion and politics.

"We do pray over it," said Sister Eleanor LaBranche "We pray for these men that they shape up!"

Religion and politics are two things they say not to talk about with a stranger, but these sisters opened up to us today.

"Do you really want to know the whole thing?" one asked as the room of eighteen nuns laughed.

While they all made a life-long commitment to their faith, they each vote for the candidates they feel best represents their personal concerns. We asked their take on hot topics and what they thought of each candidate, and got a wide range of answers.

"Of course religion and God are very important," said Sister Frances Lessard who said she looks forward to the Republican field narrowing down.

"Hillary Clinton," said Sister Therese Poirier when asked who she was voting for "I like women issues."

"I think Hillary certainly," said Sister Margurite Gravel "She's always comes out on top and control because she had to fight for it. Women have to fight for what they want."

One thing they all agreed on is their desire to eliminate attack ads and bad mouthing between candidates.

"They get up there and tear each other apart; I get very frustrated," said Sister LaBranche.

How about a nun as president?

"No, not in my lifetime," LaBranche said. Although she did hint that things have changed over her lifetime and this could change for a future generation.

Many of the nuns we spoke with still were undecided but plan to use the next five days to pack in as much research as they can.


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