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.