Students at U of Mary Discuss the Presidential Debate

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Last night’s presidential debate was the most watched of all time. Over 81.4 million viewers tuned in to watch Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off. 
 
The candidates aim to get every possible vote, including the millennials. In a senior seminar course held in the Gary Theraldson School of Business, students discussed different aspects of Monday’s debate.
 
The discussion started with broad topics like how modern debates are run. 
 
“The candidates should get to ask questions to each other, but that never happens. Whenever a candidate asks a question of another candidate, they’re disrupting the format that supposed to be occurring,” said Konnor Peterson, student.
 
When the conversation switched gears, one student felt strongly about a topic that could have gotten more air time.
 
“I would have like to hear more about foreign policy and the plan that each candidate has to counter act ISIS,” said Edward Swiontek, student. 
 
Some students felt that some questions were left unanswered. Quinn Harmon felt that  racial issues were dodged.
 
“I think the question in general was very broad so it was easy for them to skirt around the answer. Where it would have been nice to get a very specific race question,” said Harmon.
 
The professor of the course, Mark Springer, Ph.D. wants his students to consider the bigger picture when analyzing debates.
 
“What do we want to see in our world that’s better? And so, of course, that’s one the problems with looking at the debate, how do you measure those expectations with reality,” said Springer.
 
Springer said his class will continue to follow and discuss the presidential election and the debates thorughout the semester.

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