Students Come Together for Watch Party of Presidential Debate

SCRANTON -- It was round one for the two people who want to win the race to the White House.

The first presidential debate between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump drew a large crowd inside the DeNaples Center at the University of Scranton.

“I think it’s very exciting,” said Carson Clabeaux, the president of the College Republicans. “It’s the first time we get to see both candidates on the same stage for ninety minutes. Prepared remarks but no scripted speeches so it should be really entertaining to see how they interact with each other.”

“I think it’s pretty exciting,” said Joseph Delmar, the president of the College Democrats. “We’ve never seen them face off and we’ve barely ever seen them be in the same place so I don’t really know what to expect.”

The university’s College Democrats and Republicans shared this debate watch party.

Many here said this debate was crucial for both candidates to get those undecided voters.

“We’ve been saying this for a couple months now. It’s really going to come down to these debates and how they perform up there,” said Clabeaux.

“I think it’s a major time for each candidate to lay out their policy and we can see what the differences is they really have are,” said Delmar.

It didn’t take long for the candidates to lash out at each other, each trying to score as many points as possible.

As for the young politicos at the U, they weighed in on how their nominee did in the first battle on the big stage.

“I do think he is being more aggressive with her which is good. I think it’s definitely better than being come and not asking questions and not fighting what she’s saying,” said Natalie Russo with the College Republicans.

“I think she’s doing really well. I think she’s hitting the points that she wants to hit. I think she is pressing her argument,” said Sarah Laga.

The University of Scranton plans to hold watch parties for all of the presidential debates as well as a watch party on election night.


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