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DEBATE: Monmouth U Students Watch Presidential Candidates Duke It Out

Students say they enjoy town hall-style of debate

As they watched President Obama and Mitt Romney debate Tuesday, Monmouth University students cheered, booed and laughed at the answers and exchanges throughout the night.

The crowd of 107 students and professors came out to Monmouth's Wilson Hall Tuesday night to watch the second presidential debate. Most agreed that the second round was a more lively match than the first.

Students said they enjoyed the town hall-style debate and that it made for a more interesting night.

"It shows when they are talking to people directly," Monmouth University sophomore Dan Roman said. "It really shows who looks more presidential."

"I think there were a lot of reasonable and difficult questions," Monmouth University senior Steven Cregan said. "I thought it was funny how Romney got called out on getting his facts wrong and I think Obama did much better than the last time."

The candidates were asked questions on a variety of topics ranging from inequality in the workplace for women and tax rates to immigration and Libya.

Roman said he believes that both candidates did a good job.

"I think they both painted a clear picture on what direction they want the country to move in," Roman said.

The students were particularly interested when the candidates spoke about the lack of jobs for recent college graduates.

Romney said it has been hard for young people, and said he will create "good jobs again."

Obama said important to wants to build on 5 million jobs created in the private sector.

"The most important thing we can do is make sure that we’re creating jobs in this country. Not just jobs - good paying jobs," Obama said.

Romney countered by saying the unemployment rate has not changed since 2008.

Students also participated in the debate on Patch's Twitter feed in its Cover It Live chat, and posted their thoughts as each candidate gave their answers.

Those who responded on Twitter seemed to have clear favorites in this year's election and Roman said tonight's debate should allow undecided voters to make a decision.

"Nobody will be undecided after tonight," Roman said.

firedup49 October 21, 2012 at 07:05 PM
Nor is the Democratic party. The one that eliminated God and Israel from the doctrine, at their convention. John F. Kennedy could never be a democrat today, he would fit more with the Republican party. A proud American who would stand up for America, JFK would be.
OBAMA FAILED October 21, 2012 at 07:08 PM
I DON'T HAVE A PLAN OR RECORD TO RUN ON 4:56 pm on Saturday, October 20, 2012 OBAMA IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS RECORD OF FAILURE I am often reminded of what Obama said at the 2008 DNC: “If you don’t have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.” Every day, his campaign is making it smaller and smaller, and the President’s poll numbers keep dropping and dropping. 25 million unemployed $7 Trillion in new debt. $1 Trillion in WELFARE SPENDING 47 million on food stamps $1.5 Trillion budget deficits $500 Billion in UNPAID Medicare spending $500 Billion in UNPAID Social Security Tax cuts OBAMA LIES. AMERICANS DIE! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQBSTomBWls IT WAS YOUR JOB OBAMA. YOU FAILED. STOP BLAMING OTHERS. OBAMA - what HAPPENED TO THE DEBT??? YOU ADDED $7 TRILLION TO IT!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaQUU2ZL6D8&feature=endscreen&NR=1 MAN UP!
firedup49 October 21, 2012 at 07:10 PM
It was amazing by the time Obama said fact check that, before he finished the sentence Crowley had it in her hand. Then after the debate said Romney was right. Hmmm
OBAMA FAILED October 21, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Kennedy was a worthy Democrat! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEdXrfIMdiU "Every new dollar released from taxation that is spent or invested will create a new job....." We need jobs right? So why raise taxes? Kennedy is a lot smarter than OBAMA
Thomas A. Blasi October 21, 2012 at 09:49 PM
It is your choice to vote for liar, Romney, it’s a free country. So if you are of voting age and a registered voter then vote for Romney & shoot yourself in the foot. Individuals like Romney are on their yacht sipping French Champaign laughing at you. They are saying, “What jerks the working class people are, they are to stupid to vote for the candidate that can do them good.”

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