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Mid-Michigan voters watch presidential debate at UM-Flint

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(10/03/12) - Voters were paying close attention to Wednesday's presidential debate. The University of Michigan-Flint held a debate watch party, giving students and staff a chance to chime in on the issues.

Crowded around a projector in the Riverfront Residence Hall, Mid-Michigan voters were waiting for something specific during the first presidential debate.

"To see Obama defend himself on the nasty rumors that Romney has been saying about him," said Dequandre Manley, a UM-Flint freshman.

"I want to hear specifically about Mitt Romney's economic plan," said Joshua Latimer, a UM-Flint senior.

'I'm really interested in what the candidates have to offer when it comes to domestic policy," said Jennifer Burger, a UM-Flint senior.

But maybe most of all, after all the campaigning, they wanted to see how the candidates fair face-to-face.

"The debates are different than the commercials because the candidate can respond back to the charge that the other one puts against the. I think what people are looking for is the interaction between the two," said Marcus Paroske, Asst. Prof. of Communication at UM-Flint.

And even though most everyone seems to have a favorite contender, some think the debate could still swing some votes.

"I think it's 50-50, some have their mind made up, some people they wait until the very last minute," Latimer said.

"Here's the trick, most people who are persuadable aren't watching this thing, they're going to wait until the last weekend," Paroske said.

The Vice Presidential debate will be held on Oct. 11.

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