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TAMUCC Students Discuss First Presidential Debate

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney squared off Wednesday night in the first of three debates scheduled before the Nov. 6 elections.

Millions of Americans were expected to tune in, including a group of political science students from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi who gathered at the Kiii studios to watch the debate.

It was quite the intense viewing party as about a dozen students watched on, eager to hear from the candidates.

Right away, the economy took center stage, as well as health care. It was no surprise to the group of political science students from TAMUCC.

"Honestly, I'm thinking that health care is going to be a big thing," student Lindsay Mangum said. "The economy, job creation, that's all stuff that we're looking at."

"Those are things we have to look at as far as the long-term view, instead of what's in front of us at this very moment," student Emily Tanzer said. "Because there are thing like the women's rights and gay rights, and things like that are important to me at this very moment."

Each student already had a clear idea of who they are going to vote for.

"Both candidates were on fire tonight," said Victor Hinojosa, president of the Islander Democrats. "You'll see Mitt Romney, he was being very aggressive in the beginning, and I think that Obama was just staying calm as usual, and just continued to put the facts on the table and just to show that, in order for America to move forward, we cannot go backward."

"He really didn't give me anything that says he's going to change anything from what he's doing in the last four years," said Ty Scott, College Republicans chairman. "He made reference to Bill Clinton. He was wanting to hang onto the Clinton coattails, making the voters believe that somehow he's going to follow the path of Bill Clinton. I don't see that."

While the group already had his or her mind made up, they hope the debate will help others out there who are still undecided.

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