CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – More than a hundred students at Dickinson College watched Sunday night’s presidential debate, followed with a discussion with political science professors.
“Honestly I think a lot of them are like the American public where they’ve already made up their minds. I don’t know how many of them are still up in the air about who they’re going to vote for,” Assistant Professor of American Politics at Dickinson College, David O’Connell said.
With just one month until election day, students have a lot to consider as some are voting in a presidential election for the very first time.
“Being a young voter it can be difficult to figure out what’s important to you. However, I think these events are important to kind of get the education that’s necessary to know what you’re doing on election day,” Philip Morabito, president of the College Democrats, said.
Many of them hoping to hear about policy and issues; instead personal attacks from both sides.
“We’ve all heard the things about Hillary, we’ve all heard the things about Trump. What’s most important is what direction do both of these candidates want to take the country in, and I think when you hear that you’ll be able to make a much better decision,” Mitchell Snyder. treasurer of the College Republicans said.
It’s not exactly an easy choice when both candidates hold the title for being the two most unpopular major party nominees in political history.”
“I hope that they learn a little more about the candidates and a little more about themselves. That being forced to listen to these types of exchanges forces them to consider what values are important to them as voters and as politically minded individuals,” O’Connell said.
“I’d hope a lot of students including myself could cut through a little bit of that because that’s the decision as voters, as Americans, and really as students, we have to make is what kind of country do we want to be graduating into and go out into the workforce in,” Snyder said.
Dickinson College will host another watch party for the next presidential debate .on Wednesday, Oct. 19, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.