Voter Priorities Differ As Candidates Ready To Debate

After months of campaigning, the two candidates for the White House will finally meet face to face in the first presidential debate Wednesday night in Denver. Voters throughout the country will be interested in what President Obama and Mitt Romney have to say, including those in the metro.

The UNO School of Communication and the Office of Academic and Student Affairs are sponsoring a free nonpartisan debate watch. The event will take place in the College of Public Affairs and Community Service lecture hall, room 101. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Students planning to watch the debate want to hear the candidates discuss a wide range of topics and education is at the top of the list.

“I would like to hear them talk about what they plan to do as far as education and how they plan on helping out students and how are we going to pay for school and what their plans are for the military and what they want to do with the troops and how they want to deal with Iran and North Korea,” says UNO junior Shomari Huggins.

“With all the stuff going on in the Middle East, probably foreign policy, still health care with debate going on about that,” says UNO sophomore Chas Reed.

Off campus, Jenny Galley operates the Denim Saloon. The small business owner will watch the debate and she’s hoping the candidates can offer a bright future for her clothing store.

"I'm interested in hearing how their policies and plan are going to affect small business and what taxes and incentives they have to offer for small business. As a small business owner, we really need to watch every penny we spend and how much we're giving the government, so knowing how those policies are going to affect our bottom line is really important to me.”

Gloria Hauam is a grandmother and is worried about her grandchildren. "Well, just the state of our nation being so in debt is a worry, not only for us, but for our grandchildren and I just feel it's a priority that we get out of debt.”

The debate starts at 8 p.m. on channel 6.


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