Students react to presidential debate
At a debate watching party at USF-St. Pete, more than 25 students watched the debate intently, laughing at some of its awkward moments. Professor Judithanne Scourfield McLauchlan polled the students before the debate. Eleven said they support Obama, two backed McCain and six were undecided.
Here are some students thoughts on the debate.
Rebekah Lee, 19, a political science and journalism major from Clearwater, is undecided but leans toward conservatives.
"My dilemma is that i'm comfortable with McCain but I'm not convinced that he would be a good leader for his country." On Obama: "He's a great communicator. I'm not convinced on a lot of his policies."
Kevin Kurpe, 25, a management and information systems junior from Clearwater, said he's a Republican voting for Obama and trying to convince his brother in law and father to vote that way, too.
"I would like to talk to them (his relatives) afterward and say (Obama) can swing the bat. He's not completely unpreparing and young and ignorant...I really feel like he can make a change."
Laura Davis, 23, a political science senior, is voting for McCain.
"I don't think this is (McCain's) best debate. But I don't think it is Obama's, either...The question still is, is it going to matter? I still think people aren't going to make their decision based on this debate."
David Stote, 22, a business senior from Gulfport, said he wishes third-party candidates would be included. He's undecided but leaning toward McCain.
"I'm not hearing any major differences. No matter who gets elected, nothing will probably change."
Brittney Tottle, 20, an economics junior from St. Petersburg, said she liked the way McCain laid out his tax policy.
"The other debate was so impersonal. I like how they're sitting at the table and actually talking to each other."