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Students react to first Presidential debate


The first presidential debate is in the books and students at Saint Mary's College tuned in to help them decide who to vote for in November.

A group of students got together for a watch party, our political analyst and Saint Mary's College professor Patrick Pierce was there for a little guidance.

He says the debate seemed pretty ordinary, with no clear winner... and no major missteps from the candidates.

"They pretty much addressed the points that they wanted to handle. Both in terms of positive things about themselves and the lines of attack that you can probably plan on them pursuing those in the upcoming debates," says Pierce.

Many students came to the watch party with their minds mostly made up.

Republicans say Mitt Romney took the lead, while Democrats say President Obama was the winner.

Both say they wanted some more answers from the candidates.

"I think Romney,  a lot of his answers sound like ideas, and he doesn't elaborate on them more and I really want to understand what his position is on a lot of these social issues that a lot of Americans are questioning him on," says Democrat London Lamar.

Republican, Domini Paradiso says, "You've seen them clash back and forth. There's a lot of 'you said this, no, I said this." A lot of stumbling from President Obama because he doesn't have a lot of answers to the problems and this has been Mitt Romney's whole life, working in the private sector. Working with jobs and creating jobs, and balancing budgets."

The students say they believed both candidates showed up to debate Tuesday.

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