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Published October 03, 2012, 10:00 PM

Students gather to follow first presidential debate

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The debate was watched closely by hundreds of voters who will vote in a presidential race for the first time.

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - The debate was watched closely by hundreds of voters who will vote in a presidential race for the first time.

Both MSUM and NDSU hosted watch parties.

For most college students, this is the first time their vote will actually matter. Combine that with free food, and the watch party was the place to be at MSUM today.

About 200 people watched closely, each looking for something a little different.

Clay Schwartzwalter, MSUM Student: “It gets tiring hearing about all the negative campaigning, so it's going to be fun to see what comes out of both candidates’ mouths when they're with each other instead of speaking to a crowd of supporters.”

Morgan Schieffer, MSUM Student: “I think Mitt Romney will do a really good job of making himself look like an idiot.”

Sarah Danielson, MSUM Student: “I haven't heard a lot of Mitt Romney's policies, so it'll be interesting to see if he actually talks about that.”

It was a largely democratic crowd in Moorhead this evening, with Mr. Obama receiving a majority of the laughs with each critical jab.

It was clear both candidates have completely different ideologies.

Governor Romney criticized the Affordable Care Act numerous times while Mr. Obama attacked what he called the governors "trickle down economic policies."

But when it came down to it - a majority of the students were impressed with both sides tonight.

Aaron Rush, MSUM Student: “I'd have to say Romney because I like his views more and they make more sense to me.”

Justin Nistler, MSUM Student: “Romney, he wants to be powerful and he tries to stick with it when he gets cut off, and I don't know if it's working for him.”

Jessica Fleming, MSUM Student: “I feel like Romney got his opinion out a little more and defined where he wants to be on the stances. Definitely challenging the ideas Obama has put forth. But I feel Obama has probably connected with the audience a little bit more.”

Next, there will be a Vice Presidential debate on October 11th, followed by two more presidential debates on the 16th and 22nd.

There are still 34 days for polls to swing back and forth until the November 6th election.

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