UNO hosts second debate watch


By Jackson Booth, Reporter


UNO School of Communication saw a smaller crowd at the second presidential DebateWatch on Oct. 22.

The second event followed the same format as the first. Students could participate in a Twitter feed to discuss their opinions. Despite the decrease in numbers, students who attended were very interested in hearing the candidates.

Bob Schieffer moderated the final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.

While the debate focused on foreign policy, President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romeny often sidetracked from the foreign policy topic.

Some of the issues discussed included Syria, Iran obtaining nuclear weapons, Pakistani and Afghan instability, the uncertainty of the Arab Spring,  as well as recent attacks on the U.S. consulate in Libya.

A main area of contention was the proposed $2 trillion budget increase for the military if Romney were to be elected. While Romney saw these increases as necessary for national security reasons, Obama said they were not necessary to maintain an adequate military.

Apart from the debate about military spending, a key issue brought up by both men was the humanitarian needs in Syria. Both Obama and Romney believe military action is necessary but they will support opposition forces that want democratic progress. 

News Broadcast major Lauren Harrahill, came to watch the debate as a part of her Political Broadcasting class and also out of her own interest. Harrahill made up her mind on who she will be voting for and said that the economy is a huge determining factor. 

“We may not realize this but whatever happens in this election will affect us in the long run,” Harrahill said. 

Biology major Tasloach Wol  is an immigrant from South Sudan. He came to the U.S. in 2000 and is not a citizen yet, and therefore  cannot vote. Regardless, Wol is still very engaged in this election.

“This is our future, everything that’s happening has to do with us and the impact it will have on our lives,” Wol said.

Both Wol and Harrahill said their opinions stem from a concern for the economy and the future of the country. 

Freshman Bridget Hermes believes there are other issues that are equally as important as the economy. 

“The issue that is important to me is gay rights, that’s number one in my book,” Hermes said. “I really think it’s important [to be politically active] especially as a young person because we are the future. This is our country and we will be running it in a couple generations.”

In spite of the various perspectives expressed during this DebateWatch, students like Hermes believe it is a great way to become informed about both sides of the issues.

“I know who I’m voting for,” Hermes said, “but it’s great to see two sides of the picture.”