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Stockton Students Sound Off on Debate

More than 60 students turned out for Monday night's final presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.

With more than 60 people in one room watching a presidential debate on foreign policy, there was bound to be strong opinions and disagreement. Some people were even angry with themselves.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Senate hosted a viewing party for the third and final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney Monday night, Oct. 22. The subject was foreign policy, but the candidates debated a little bit of everything.

The 62 students and community members who gathered walked away with strong opinions, and in some cases, those opinions were different than when they walked into the Campus Center Event Room.

Evan Yeung, a sophomore and a Political Science major, felt Romney contradicted himself, and was not as polished as Obama was on the subject of foreign policy, but it’s the candidates’ economic policies that concerned him the most.

“Foreign policy is not my area of expertise, but I felt Romney lacked in most areas,” Yeung said. “ … Obama will not help the economy.”

Yeung, who describes himself as a conservative-leaning independent, felt Obama’s policies give no incentive for people to work hard.

Monday’s debate was the first one he’d heard about on campus.

“I’m leaning 90 percent one way, but I have to go back and watch the other two debates,” said Patricia Jean-Gilles, a senior majoring in biology. “I’ve been trying to keep up with what’s going on, but I missed the first two debates because I had things to do for classes.”

Monday’s debate was the first she was able to attend, but she said she’s been keeping up with events politically, and will be voting early because she will be volunteering at the polls come election day.

“The ballot is on my dresser,” she said.

Zach Roeioo is one student who has been swayed by the debates.

“I’m not a Democrat, and the fact that I’m thinking about voting for Obama (is making me mad),” said Roeioo, a sophomore business administration major.

Most of the applause and cheering throughout the debate came from a select few, and was reserved for Obama, particularly when Obama’s comments about the country no longer using horses and bayonets during wartime, and his comments concerning the auto industry.

Stockton Democratic Club Vice President felt Monday night’s debate was a good start for the Senate's Political Awareness Week effort.

“We tried hard to get people to come out and I think we were successful,” said Alexander, a senior majoring in business management. “We still have the whole week to go.”

Rick October 26, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Trish, Obamacare hasn't provided for additional doctors, nurses or other medical professionals, but it has provided for somewhere around 12,000 added IRS agents to enforce the new rules.
Nancy VanTwistern October 30, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Ah, George, so glad you mentioned the 'Manchurian Candidate".....sure is Romney. NO President is perfect at all..........they are human beings........but I have serious doubts about Romney as he waffles too much and has old fashioned ideas about women. Isn't it better to stay w the man you know instead of taking a chance on someone who 'waffles and changes his mind too much"?
Nancy VanTwistern October 30, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Gio.......certainly that has been my 'complaint' many times........but, there are much more on the dole that really need it.........like many elderly. Those who make a career of 'baby making' surely burn my hide!! AND there are those...but I would bet in the minority??????
Nancy VanTwistern October 30, 2012 at 02:21 PM
I was just wondering how many in the House and Senate are 'wealthy' or 'rich' or whatever you call it AND wondering if they forgo taking their salary and many many benefits (that we don't get) they receive??? If they were wealthy and really thinking about the 'people' wouldn't they forgo the salary? How about Romney?? What will/would he do if elected??? Some are just ()*(&* hypocrites..........
Haywood Jeblomie October 30, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Nancy why don't you email Menendez and Lautenberg and Obama and ask them? Romney gives like $4 million a year to charity so get off your soap box.....how many people does that $4 million help? Guess what Obama is giving out for trick or treat??? Free money borrowed from china!

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