Murray State holds debate watch party for students
The Murray State University Department of Political Science and Sociology invited the community and students to watch the first presidential debate Monday at the Curris Center.
Following the debate, political science professors Dr. Drew Seib and Dr. Paul Foote gave their analysis of the first debate.
Seib said he felt Donald Trump showed two sides. In the beginning, he was calm, but as the night progressed he became agitated and would interrupt while Hillary Clinton spoke.
Foote said he thought Trump wasn’t well prepared, but thinks that will change in the next debates. He also reminded the audience that, while debates don’t decide the presidency, they do influence the outcome.
The two were also said they were surprised Clinton’s emails were not mentioned more. They added that cybercrime is an important topic we should pay attention to more.
About 50 people were watching the debate together at the Curris Center. You could clearly hear people in the room gasping or laughing based on the responses from the candidates.
Danielle Reed was one of the students in the room. Reed said watching the debate surrounded by people can help bring out view points you may have missed watching alone. "Key points of the conversation, and anything that might need to be paid attention too," Reed said.
As a first time voter, Reed said he wants to make the right choice.
"I feel it’s my duty as an American to be able to understand who I am voting for, why I am voting for them," Reed said.
Jeremiah Bagley, a freshman, says he’s undecided.
"I personally don’t know which side I am going to vote for. So, hopefully this will give me, and many others as well, a better understanding," Bagley said.
Those responses are some of the reasons why Seib said Murray State is holding events to watch the presidential debates.
"I think in general there’s just a lot of public interest in this debate, a lot of heightened awareness in this particular election," Seib said.
Second year Murray State student Kody Patt said he liked that the political science professors were there to provide analysis.
"It’s nice to have commentary with somebody who is the political science field," Patt said.
The debate focused on topics including America’s direction, the economy, national security, and foreign policy.
If you couldn’t make it to the discussion, you’re invited to the Murray State Honor College on Tuesday. Seib and Foote will be there starting at 7 p.m. to answer any questions you may have and discuss the debate.
The first vice presidential debate will be next Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Longwood University in Virginia.
Clinton and Trump will face off again Sunday, Oct. 9, in an open town hall style debate at Washington University in St. Louis.