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Community, teachers, students watch final presidential debate together

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(10/22/12) -  Voters in Mid-Michigan were keeping a close watch on the candidates Monday night. That's because some say this final debate could make or break how the undecided will vote. 

The Beecher Schools Coates Auditorium was uncharacteristically full for a Monday night. Students, teachers and the community sat down together to watch the final presidential debate.

"It's going to be the last time we see both candidates on the same page. They say first impressions are most important, last impressions matter too, I think in particular here for President Obama who's trying to live off that first debate performance," said Marcus Paroske, UM-Flint professor.

"I pretty much know the policies of Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, I just want to see them debate it," said Dollie Anderson while she waited for the debate to begin.

Voters said this last head-to-head won't swing their vote one way or the other, but it could still make a difference for some.

"My mind was made up before, watching the other debates just reinforced what my beliefs were before," said Patrick Haley before watching the debate.

"There's a handful of voters throughout the country who haven't decided and that's who these guys are fighting for hand over fist. I think if there can be a change of votes, this is what's going to do it for a lot of people," said Martin Zmiejko, a teacher for Beecher Schools.

Some high school students at the event said even though they can't vote, they want to make sure they know what's going on in their world.

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