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Oct 17, 2012 1:49 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Cal Poly students engage in second presidential debate

It didn't matter which party they belonged to, dozens of Cal Poly students made a party of their own on Tuesday night to watch the second presidential debates. The viewing party was hosted by Cal Poly's political science department and student club.

The students kept their eyes and ears open to what Governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama had to say, especially on issues that affected them most, like education and student loans.

Sophomore business major Cassandra Peltz said, "I like to be informed, I like to hear what they have to say. I like to hear both arguments, see if they're staying consistent."

Peltz said she leans to the left, but after watching Tuesday's debate, she said nothing is for certain in her vote.

"To a degree, I do like to keep an open mind," said Peltz.

She said what she appreciated the most from the debate was the passion from both candidates.

"I like how they stood up and were like really getting into it. I thought they were gonna break out into a fight, so that was exciting!", said Peltz.

Senior and political science major David Broekelschen said he's a moderate voter, and in his opinion, Obama hasn't come off as assertive as expected.

He said in regards to the first debate, "it was a very strong finish by Romney and that's really changed things, and now it's dead even essentially in almost all the polls."

David said he and his young peers are key players in the political game, regardless of what team they're on.

"Students are also very interested, I know their turnout for elections isn't as high as other age demographics, and yes we're still in school, and we're pretty busy, but there's still a lot of interest in politics," said Broekelschen.

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