- Post 04 October 2012
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Students Applaud President Obama’s Support of Education During First Presidential Debate
Students said they were happy to hear President Obama express the importance of education after they gathered with local voters to watch President Barack Obama square off against Mitt Romney in the first presidential debate Wednesday night. A watch party for the debate was held at Clark Atlanta University after the institution’s “Great Student Debate”. “These are things that are going to impact us. I think it’s important to have a president who understands the struggles that college students face,” said Clark Atlanta University student D’Janae Bolton.
Many students said they were excited about finally being able to hear both candidates discuss issues face-to-face. “They both got to say where they stand. Although I don’t agree with a lot of his policies, Mitt Romney brought up a lot of good points. He was firm in his opinions,” said Georgia State University student George G. Another student stated that she felt like Romney contradicted and backtracked himself a lot when confronted directly by the President. Students also expressed a little disappointment in the fact that certain topics weren’t discussed, such as women’s reproductive rights. “I thought it would be really interesting to hear Romney give his outlook on that again since it was so controversial before but maybe they’ll discuss it in the next debate,” said Sharnay Jones.
The next presidential debate is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16 in Hempstead, N.Y.