July 18, 2019

Students gather at library for 1st pres. debate

More than 40 Webster University students viewed Wednesday’s night presidential debate between current President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney in the Library Conference Room at the Emreson Library.

The presidential debate marked the first of three debates between the men. The two candidates discussed the economy, with a focus on support for the middle class, Medicaid and Medicare and tax increases and cuts.

Alex Pierce, junior early childhood education major, said she had decided she would vote for Obama before the debate took place.

“In the first five minutes, I wouldn’t say that I changed my vote,” said Pierce. “It did give me a second to think, ‘Well, you know maybe the other side does have some good thoughts that could progress us.’”

But Pierce said within the first 10 minutes of debate, the thought disappeared. She said she felt the candidates talked past each other and the debate hadn’t been helpful to her.

Students watch a live-stream of the debate in the Library Conference Room at the Emerson Library on Wednesday night. PHOTO BY VICTORIA DICKSON

Live tweets were displayed on the screen in the conference while the candidates debated. The topics that trended frequently were the moderator Jim Lehrer, Medicare and the Dodd-Frank Act.

The vice presidential debate will be Thursday, Oct. 11 at 8:00 pm.

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