Students React to Final Presidential Debate

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MARYWOOD UNIVERSITY -- The third and final showdown between two of the people vying to be our next president drew a crowd inside Marywood University's Student Center to watch Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton try to best each other one last time.

"I've been following the election. I watched both the other debates, so I'm curious to see how it's going to end up tonight, how they're going to drive it home," said junior Niki Digaetano.

The two previous debates have drawn record viewing audiences, and this one was expected to do the same. Students at Marywood think, politics aside, people are watching because of Trump.

"Whatever their party is, just because he's such an interesting candidate to watch, whether you agree with him or not, he seems like an unlikely person to have made it this far," said senior Joe Swales.

"It's amazing. We're watching an hour before the debate begins. It's the pregame show. It's kind of like the Super Bowl. The presidency has become a cultural event itself," said Dr. Adam Shprintzen, an assistant professor of History.

The students are taking his class called 'The American Presidency,' and are watching the debates as part of the course.

Shprintzen's hoping to inspire students to head to the polls on November 8.

Many at the watch party are first-time voters and have made their choice, despite who wins the last debate.

"I'm definitely going to vote for Hillary in the general election. Just the issues, her political experience in general," commented Swales.

"I support his policies. And, even if I didn't, I certainly wouldn't support Hillary in any way, shape or form," said Digaetano.

Some students here can't vote because they are international students.

David Sarsih is an international student from Liberia who can't vote. Sarsih said this election will also affect his life.

"Because, number one, it's historical, and it's important because I'm in America. It's important to my education, too," he told Newswatch 16.

As the final debate came to close, one student commented on the topics mentioned in the debates,

"They're trying to hit the topics that the public wants to hear about, less about emails and less about tax returns and more about policies, foreign policies. Things that we need to know," said Monique Henry.

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