Expectations High For Presidential Debate At Alabama A&M

MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – After months of watching President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney on the campaign trail, voters got to see the candidates go head-to-head for the first time this election year.

AAMU students gathered Wednesday night for a Presidential Debate watch party where they expressed their desire to see the candidates lose the rhetoric.

“I don’t want to hear either of the candidates repeat the same slogans. I want them to actually get into the meat of whatever it is they’re talking about,” said Aaron Walker, President of the AAMU Great Debaters.

“I want to see if each candidate has a plan to address the unemployment rate,” said Jasmine Gooden, Alabama Youth and College President of the NAACP. “I want them to provide a detailed plan.”

While many called for specifics, others just wanted to hear what they had to say.

“This will be a close election for me,” said student Ashanti Gray. “Both have valid points and both have something to offer.”

Students were able to register to vote during the watch party and afterward, they held a discussion about issues presented in Wednesday’s debate.