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Thursday
Oct042012

Students view and discuss presidential debate

About 50 Governmental Studies students gathered last night to watch the presidential debate together.  Beforehand, professor and veteran political strategist Robert Guttman provided a review of each candidate's strengths and weaknesses, and discussed what to look for during the debate.  

During the debate, the reaction in the room was palpable as either President Obama or Governor Romney said anything particularly witty, interesting or sharp... the audience was as engaged with the demeanor and language of each man as they were with the content.  

As they watched the debate, students also followed the conversation about it on Twitter.

Afterwards, the room was split about who won the debate, though more gave the victory to Governor Romney.  Students were skeptical, however, about the extent to which the presidential debates might change the outcome of the election.  Prof. Guttman, however, said that "This is Romney's election to lose" and argued that given the country's economic condition, Governor Romney can win if he can seem more presidential than he has so far in the campaign.

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